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What Else Do I Need To Take Full Advantage Of The Logitech Z-5500 5.1 Sound System?

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1) I have bought the new revised Logitech Z-5500 Speakers that come with the new speaker wire.

2) I have a Alienware Area-51m Laptop that comes with an onboard Audio: 5.1 channel out (SPDIF) / Line Out that uses C-Media 3D Audio Configuration Software.

Will my soundcard take full advantage of my Logitech Z-5500 and it's 5.1 Sound capability with THX, Dolby Digital Pro Logic II and DTS Digital Surround Sound? Or do I need a new PCMCIA/USB Sound Card? Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :)
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the colored ones are the analog ones, the ones i'd honestly recommend. i have the old Logitech 5.1 speakers (Z-640) and i use the analog connectors and my DVD and game 5.1 is splendid :)
skyehack, what i was saying was to use analog. i dont see the big deal with the digital stream, and you'll only get 5.1 with DD/DTS, if you play games and such it wont be in 5.1. therefore, go with analog inputs (the 3 green and orange)
ProLogic sucks. ProLogicII is alright if audio is spefically encoded for it.

and, for the reasons you said, i recommend Analog. big deal about connecting 3 cords instead of 1 :p
SkyeHack said:
really, there is nothing wrong with analog? isn't digital suppose to be a little better or something or is there no real difference to justify it?
unless you are a serious audiophile, there is no difference between analog and digital--it's stil gonna be DTS or DD encoded. PLUS with analog you can have your games (doom3...hl2...halo...millions of others) in 5.1 sound. with digital outs, ONLY DD/DTS can be 5.1, everything else is 2 channel (as Kane already pointed out.)

but, i do recommend getting an Audigy2. Creative has THE worst drivers on the planet but their hardware is excellent. meh. it's up to you if you want to wade through craptastic drivers to get excellent sound.
phew good thing we saved you D.D.!
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