View Full Version : 5.1 sound out of 4.1 Speakers
09-29-2002, 11:26 AM
Sound card question kids.
I currently am using a set of Logitech Z-560's on my rig am I am plenty pleased with them. The only draw-back of course is it isn't quite a 5.1 set up. Does anyone know of a sound card the card replicate 5.1 out of 4.1 speakers? By that I mean it would split the center signal between the left and right speakers.
09-29-2002, 06:10 PM
By that I mean it would split the center signal between the left and right speakers.
That's exactly right.
09-29-2002, 07:29 PM
what kind of sound card and os are you using and what are you using it for? the only reason you need a 5.1 setup is for dvd and playing ac-3 files.
09-29-2002, 08:26 PM
I've got a SB Live! X-Gamer (non 5.1). I works great for gaming, but I use my PC for dvd watching as well. I'm just tring to get the best sound possible without have to buy a 5.1 set up.
09-29-2002, 08:49 PM
Just a side note. The difference between a 4.1 and 5.1 setup is negligible depending on the sound stage. If you are in a small area then a need for a center channel is quite useless. But if you're setting up something in a large room or theater, then more channels will be needed. However if the two front speakers are less than a few feet apart you really won't notice a difference between a 5.1 and 4.1 setup. The two front channels put together close enough setup a good enough pseudo center that is indistinguishable to a real center. This is of course under the assumption the speakers are setup correctly.
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