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Can 5.1 speakers be used with an integrated sound card?

Codasmd

Old School XPeriencer
#1
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?

Thanks
 
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Herkalees

Guest
#2
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...
 
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sushiljadhwani

Guest
#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!!
 
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Indomidable

Guest
#4
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.
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#5
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.
 

Codasmd

Old School XPeriencer
#6
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.
 

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