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    USB/Firewire USB stereo sound card

    I am looking at getting a USB or fireware external sounbd card for my laptop. At the minute i use the headphone socket on my laptop for making tapes and them come out rather rubbish. I did a google on this but got confused by some of the techno babble they came out with. LOads of the cards i saw where 5.1 surround sound where as all i'm after is stereo output, i also thought about using it for when helping my mate do discos, i could play some tunes direct from my laptop. I have a budget of less than £70 (flexible a bit).

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    Well I have a creative soundblaster extigy for my laptop. It's a 5:1 soundcard and goes nicely with my 5:1 surround sound speaker system. Sound quality is pretty good although I got it off ebay for about £50

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    that sounds good, but i haven't made it to the 5.1 era so i'm still on stereo.

    If i can find a card with both all the the better, but i don't see how i can use 5.1 with my hifi that only has stereo sound.

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    You need 5:1 speakers to use 5:1, however my decoder still works plugged into non-5:1 speakers

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    so what we are saying is that you can use a 5.1 output sound card and sucessfully connect stereo speakers to listen to the output in stereo. am i correct?

    My mate said you could do it and just connect to the front speaker output on the 5.1 sound card.


    Sorry i'm not very technology wise in this field.

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    Yeah.....you can use a 5:1 decoder on non-5:1 speakers but the output won't be 5:1, it would be stereo. I've done it.


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