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Old 04-09-2007, 12:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Basically my setup right now is a 2.1 system hooked into my computer as the front speakers, and my stereo system hooked up as the rear speakers. I'm getting a x-fi platinum next week probably, and I want to know if it would be possible to hook in a speaker as the center channel, and use my stereo and 2.1 system to create a 5.1 setup. Would this be true surround sound (the stereo would be off of a mini-jack)? Thanks
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Default Re: Makeshift 5.1?

I do a quad setup like you do with my Soundblaster 24 bit card. (or did, at least). From what I see on pictures of the x-fi and judging on my soundblaster card there isn't a line out for a center channel. I'd recommend buying a speaker system with a digital decoder, (or just a digital decoder with the required line outs for your speakers). This would also prove more efficient over your current setup IMO.

Sorry that I don't know much more, but I hope this helps you foward at least a little.
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Default Re: Makeshift 5.1?

Thanks for your reply. I did a google search and couldn't find any single digital decoders, everything that came up was either a DVD player or a full fledged speaker system. I'm not going to buy a new speaker system because I have my stereo, so is it possible to buy a digital decoder with lines out like you said for under $100 or so?

*edit*: Just found out that the X-Fi platinum DOES have a center out channel, so I think I'll just buy a separate center speaker and use my 2.1 system for the front, and my stereo for the back.
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Default Re: Makeshift 5.1?

Aha, well whadda you know? Must have been bad pictures. Have fun with your X-Fi .
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