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laptop speaker system help

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by diehard1985, May 16, 2005.

  1. diehard1985

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    Im not sure if this is in the right forum (i hope it is). Im looking to upgrade the soundsystem on my laptop. I want to use it for listening to music, watching dvd's and playing games (primarily for the first two). I want a surround sound system (at least 5.1) that can handle dobly digital and dts stuff. However im not sure whether i should buy a new hifi system and hook it up to that or get an external soundcard with pc speakers (ive been loking at the pcmcia soundblaster extigy) what do you guys think? I got around £300ish to spend. Any advice would be great. cheers.
     
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    What are the specifications of your current laptop ?
     
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    its a pentium 4m 2.4ghz
    640mb ram
    60 gig hard disk
    dvd/cdrw combo
    onboard audio
    nvidia geforce 4 440 go graphics
     
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    To do DD and DTS you need a digital output of some kind on your computer, does it have one with the onbaord sound ?
     
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    no it doesn't - its a very basic integrated soundcard. all it has are the basic headphone input and one speaker input.
     
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    You could probably start by looking for an offboard sound card then, creative and the other big boys do USB sound solutions for laptops.
     
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    Buy a Logitech Z-5500. If my old Logitech Z-2200 2.1 system is anything to go by, these are certain to blow you away. They are also THX certified and more highly rated than similar offerings from Creative. Check with your neighbours first though!!!
     
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    cheers for that, ive heard mixed opinions about usb soundcards though - that the datastream isnt big enough to handle all of the modern effects and so it can only software emulate them - hence I was thinking a pcmcia soundcard would be better. I was looking at the creative extigy pcmcia one which looks good but apparently due to weird inputs it only really works properly with creative speakers - is that right? Any other suggestions?
     

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