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Hi Guys,

I've got an old (1995) Aiwa NSX-D858 'Mini' (It aint by todays standards) Hi-Fi System. My mum has just bought a cute philips microsystem so this has become redundant. I've just powered it up and it works and sounds great! It has a 3 CD changer and Dual Cassette deck. It also has Dolby Pro Logic 5.1 surround sound (Two large speakers, two smaller ones and a centre speaker).

Anyway, I want to hook it up to my PC for 5.1 gaming. It sounds better than a PC 5.1 surround system (despite its age) but I'm not sure if it can even be hooked up to a pc. There are alot of inputs on the back of the hi-fi, I've attached a file below with a picture of the back of the hifi, I added in the text thats hidden by the glare.

The hi-fi also has a headphone input in the front, as well as a mic input. The headphone input is not the standard 3.5mm jack but the larger one (dunno what its called.) The mic port is standard size.

I'm using a MSI K8N Neo4F skt 939 motherboard, it has an S/PDIF in/out portS (RCA style ones) and it has the regular 3.5mm jacks.

I don't have my soundblaster 2 card yet so lease ignore it for now

Thanks in advance for your help guys.

//Xeijin
post #2 of 32
if i remember well u can connect ur standard speaker output from the card onto the hifi port on video/dat 1 but you would need a divider jack cable. meaning u would need a cable which has one jack on one end and two jacks on the other.

the end with one jack connects with ur sound card and the other end with the hifi. and afterwards u have to select the correct input option on the hifi. but u can experiment with this. if u dont succeed with this port then u have to try the other one video 2. but i think the first port is the correct one. i had previously a hifidelity speaker system complete with subwoofers which i converted to my pc speakers in this method but decidely using a hifi is probably different but i think it should work
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Thats no problem with your soundcard . All you need is a rca to 3.5mm jack cable .Plug the rcas ino the hi-fi and the 3.5 mm jack plug into the mic socket of the audigy then away you go .Well thats how i did it
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post #4 of 32
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Hi Cyrix,

Thanks for your reply. I do have this one cable, basically it has a 3.5mm jack on one end, and then splits into a white RCA and a red RCA will this do? Also, will I be able to get 5.1 surround in games etc.?? Cheers for your help mate.
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by Xeijin
Hi Cyrix,

Thanks for your reply. I do have this one cable, basically it has a 3.5mm jack on one end, and then splits into a white RCA and a red RCA will this do? Also, will I be able to get 5.1 surround in games etc.?? Cheers for your help mate.
I think you're a little bit confused. Games are not recorded in 5.1 surround, only movies or DVD-A. Because you're only receiving the input from the front channel, that's all the information that will be passed onto your stereo, so you will not have the true front to back panning of a 4.1 system. You can, however, use artificial filtering and imaging built into your stereo system to make sound come out of all 5 speakers, but it won't actually be true surround sound. If that doesn't make sense to you, tell me and I can explain it in greater detail, but that's where you're at. You're only feeding the front channel info to your system.
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post #6 of 32
i think it will work. consider however that once u have the connection to the hifi and if it works, u have a fully functional hifi system with whatever speakers that u get. yet u will not be able to control this via the pc as u would usually do. meaning u can control volume and all that but u cannot configure it like u would a normal 5.1speaker system. but i guarantee the performance will exceed most 5.1 speakers.
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post #7 of 32
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@sccr: Whoops, didnt know there was no such thing as 5.1 gaming! But isnt there something like THX for games or some type of specialist sound?? Also, I think i understand what you mean, but would there actually be any way to use true 5.1 surround w/ the speakers??

@cyrix: Yes what you say about not being able to control it like a normal 5.1 makes sense, the computer dosent really have any way of telling 5.1 is plugged in without some sort of driver...

Thanks for the help guys.
post #8 of 32
The hifi has pro logic 2 right, so in theory that decoder will extract the 5 cannels from the 2 channel source hence the name decoder
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post #9 of 32
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Ok, so If say I was watching a 5.1 enabled movie, would the decoder extract all of the five channels of that movie from the 2 channel source and play it back just like a normal 5.1 set???

Also, incase its any use Dolby Pro Logic on my hi-fi has three options:

Pro-Logic Mode
3CH Logic
Phantom

Pro Logic uses all the speakers, 3ch logic uses mainly the centre speaker, with some sound coming from the two large speakers, and phantom uses all the speakers except the centre one. The option with dolby off (i.e. no surround at all) uses all the speakers except the centre (similar to phantom mode except does not sound as good).

Hope that made sense.
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Thats correct and you would need a 3.5mm mini jack to phono, you can get them in maplins
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