soundblaster 5.1



I have a sound blaster 5.1 and i was wondering what do i need for surround sound, is it just a case of connecting the speakers to the relavent holes in the back and the PC will do the rest or do i need an amp or something. what connectors would i need to plug them up etc.

Thanks for any help.


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The computer will not amplify, in the same way that a DVD player with on board decoder won't. You can get the computer to decode the signal - you'll need the right version of WinDVD, PowerDVD or other software DVD player.

You then need either a multichannel amplifier and "normal" hifi speakers - this is the most expensive but best quality route - or some "active" speakers - i.e. speakers with amp built in. There are lots of sets designed to plug straight in to your SB5.1. Creative make some, as do plenty of other manufacturers. Here's an example - not recommending them in particular, but you'll get the idea.

It depends if you're looking for "ultimate quality", or a cheap way to watch DVDs with surround sound from your PC.

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