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5.1 sound

Started by GG, January 07, 2013, 07:23:21 PM

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A while ago we replaced our DVD player and the sound system was replaced with it. As I result I've got a Panasonic speaker set (5.1) without a machine to run sound through them, and a PC with rubbish sound. It makes sense to hook them up, but I have no idea how to do that. In short, here are my questions:
1. Will I need an additional device? I certainly can't see a port for the wires so I guess I might need an adapter that turns 5.1 audio into USB.
2. Are the wires on the speakers proprietary? I'm not an audio expert but I don't recognise the interfaces; I can send pictures of them if necessary.
3. Will Ubuntu be happy with the attachments out of the box?

Thanks in advance!

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

Yup a picture of the connectors would help ;)

5.1 speakers would normally come with a box that all the speakers connect to .. then you run 3 leads from your soundcard to that box ..  like this:-

Click the 3rd image on this web page:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-to-Connect-51-Speakers-to-Your-PC/268/2 (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-to-Connect-51-Speakers-to-Your-PC/268/2)
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