Can 5.1 speakers be used with an integrated sound card?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Codasmd, Mar 6, 2003.

  1. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

    Los Angeles, CA.
    Sorry its such a lame question.

    I've been looking for awhile now so I just tought I'd ask here.

    I'm thinking about getting some decent 5.1's for a present for someone, but they only have an integrated "run of the mill" card.

    Do they have to have a real soundcard to use these?

  2. Herkalees

    Herkalees Guest

    Yes and no, 90% of onboard sound cards will only create 2 channel sound. Some of the nForce motherboards (I've got one) have onboard 5.1 sound output.

    There are quite a few aftermarket sound cards that can be installed that will upgrade your friend to 5.1, and I don't doubt that there are probably 6.1 and 7.1 available too...
  3. ofcourse yes!!

    there should not be much of a difference, plus i think the built in sound cards nowdays r 5.1, well most of them are

    i have a got 5.1 surround sound card with my intel mobo and i m using my 5.1 altec lansing speakers!!!

    pretty good quality!!
  4. Indomidable

    Indomidable Guest

    2 cents worth

    Most motherboards come with 5.1 sound there are few without it.

    You can however buy a 5.1 soundcard for $9 this uses Diamond Multimedia 688 chip.
    Great sound quality even a namebrand for 9 bucks. So it's no big deal.
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    the speakers might be able to be plugged into a simple stereo output and the sound will automatically come out of all 5 speakers. this is true for some 4.1 speaker sets i've seen.

    of course, it won't be true surround sound. just more speakers making the same noise.
  6. Codasmd

    Codasmd Old School XPeriencer

    Los Angeles, CA.
    I believe its an AZZA MoBo (or Via) something like that. Ill have to look into it.

    But even if not, a $9 sound card sounds very reasonable.

    Thanks for the help.