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I have xonar dx audio card but it doesn't have optical input so I plan to buy optical to 3.5mm converter head about 2 bucks on ebay to use with my optical cable. I just wonder if it can give me 5.1 surround sound? thanks.
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I don't know if it works with a converter to optical, but lots of PC surround sound speakers use 3.5 mm plugs.
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For 5.1 you need 3 3.5mm connectors. And I am 99% sure that an optical converter to 3.5mm should not be 2 bucks. It needs to be active...
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actually i'm talking about this : http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOLD-TOSLINK-3-5MM-MINI-OPTICAL-CABLE-LEAD-ADAPTOR-/140511249876?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item20b71f85d4#ht_605wt_1159

Well, previous i use optical cable itself on WDTV plus and it gave me 5.1. So i'm curious if...
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no it doesnt. to achieve 5.1 surround you need 3 x 3.5mm jacks
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ok so here i have a audio card and a set of 5.1 speakers which only have optical, HDMI input, is there any solution for me to achieve 5.1?
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What speakers are they?

Manufacturer and Model?

Just about ALL 5.1 speakers for the PC have 3 .. 3.5mm connectors, to plug into 3 jacks on the sound card.

Can you provide a link to the speakers on the manufacturers website, and also link the manufacturer specs of the sound card?
     
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ok so here i have a audio card and a set of 5.1 speakers which only have optical, HDMI input, is there any solution for me to achieve 5.1?
Which card do you have?
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What speakers are they?
Manufacturer and Model?
Just about ALL 5.1 speakers for the PC have 3 .. 3.5mm connectors, to plug into 3 jacks on the sound card.
Can you provide a link to the speakers on the manufacturers website, and also link the manufacturer specs of the sound card?

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post #9 of 21
what about headsets? do they require the same connectors?

sorry to hijack but i have soundblaster audigy card and just bought audio technica ath ad700 headset



and to the OP i did read that most 5.1/7.1 etc surround is simulated and uses drivers to produce this sound. what i read also states that good stereo can equal the same surround(
dont hate its just what i read on here)
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post #10 of 21
5.1 optical input? what is that?

I got the Xonar DX, and on the Mic in port, there is a red light where with an adapter that came with it, will support Optical output. in how many channels I dont know.

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