Soundcard

  ara071286 11:58 12 Jul 2004
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I recently bought a soundblaster liver 1024 ct4830 soundcard for temporary use. I was told that this card is designed only for the 4.1 speaker layout. However i have a 5.1 speaker layout and somehow this layout works with the 4.1 soundcard.

First of all is dis possible?
Second of all how can u tell if ur sound card is 5.1 or 4.1. Could u tell by the number of jacks at the back of the soundcard?

  Indigo 1 12:46 12 Jul 2004

It depends on how you connect them but generally a 4.1 Souncard can't play back 5.1, I am assuming that you have the 5th (centre) speaker connected to the sub.

The built in amp in the sub will split the front two channels into 3 and feed the centre spkr with an approximation of the centre sound, but that is not 5.1 which is all 6 channels fed direct from the soundcard or Dolby System.

  ara071286 12:48 12 Jul 2004

How can u tell if a soundcard is 5.1. Will the number of jacks at the back of the soundcard confirm that. I have 5 ports at the back

  Indigo 1 15:24 12 Jul 2004

Five ports means 4.1

4 satellites + 1 bass or sub = 5 sockets

  ara071286 15:58 12 Jul 2004

The thing is i am joining all my front, and surround and central speakers to the subwoofer. Then a wire from sub connects to the soundcard.

U say that 4.1 equals 5 sockets. I have seen 5.1 soundcards which have 5 sockets

  ara071286 15:58 12 Jul 2004

The thing is i am joining all my front, and surround and central speakers to the subwoofer. Then a wire from sub connects to the soundcard.

U say that 4.1 equals 5 sockets. I have seen 5.1 soundcards which have 5 sockets

  Indigo 1 18:55 12 Jul 2004

That means you are not using the electronics in the soundcard to produce the sound stage, you are using the electronics in the sub unless it is a Digital cable connector.

A signal is passed from the sound card to the amp in the sub and converted there to what you hear (stereo, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1 etc) if that is a Digital signal then you may well get 5.1 from a stereo or 4.1 soundcard.

  Indigo 1 18:56 12 Jul 2004

5.1 cards with 5 sockets usually have the centre and sub on the same channel and they are split in the sub.

  jonnytub 19:15 12 Jul 2004

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