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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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So you are saying that I should be fine how I am right now because a simple soundcard upgrade will not help me as I would need a motherboard upgrade which is impossible with a laptop?

Here are some more pictures, BTW.

(Note that I have the new revised version with detachable speaker wire. NOT RCA attached wires like shown here)

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hushypushy said:
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 :)
So what exactly are you recommending? lol :)
Kane said:
You know the headphone jacks right? you need 3 of those to output 5.1 in analog. Most soundcards, esp. on board ones, have connector configuration, so you can configure the mic in and line in to be centre/sub and Rear L/R
Since I only have 2 output lines I need to get another soundcard with 3 outputs correct?

Will the PCMCIA Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook be used for my purpose? Check out the pictures:

On the card, aside from the connector we mentioned earlier, which is only for the loudspeaker outputs, there are only two 0.134-inch (3.5-mm) jacks. Obviously this isn't much compared to what you find with the high-end Audigy 2 cards. But fortunately these two connectors are multi-use. One is an input, the other an output. The input jack not only accepts analog line and microphone inputs, but also digital S/PDIF through the use of an optical or TOSLINK connector. The output also has an analog function usable with headphones and a digital function, also using an optical connector. You might find this a limited set of possibilities, but they do give you the essentials.

For the speaker outputs, you snap the breakout cable into the connector. At its end are three 3.5 mm female jacks that work the way the ones on Audigy 7.1 internal cards do: a three-point connector (green) for the front speakers, a four-point connector (black) for the rear channels and the right side channel, and a four-point connector (orange) for the center channel, subwoofer, and left side. You can connect three-point jacks to four-point outputs. The unused outputs are short-circuited. All you have to do is configure your speaker outputs to suit the equipment you have connected.
Thanks again Kane. I am no audiophile at all. You are helping me lots! :)

Edit: Thanks Knuckles lol :)
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Or should I get an external USB Audigy so I won't be limited to having to use this card on a laptop only?

Also, I went to another forum and this is what this dude had to say.

Certainly, you just have to buy a coxial audio cable and connect to the laptops SPDIF out and then to coaxial input located on the logitech pod. You'll then need to configure the onboard soundcard to use SPDIF. Lastly, make sure you choose SPDIF (audio options) in powerdvd or whatever DVD software player you use.
Is this true?
In order to get 5.1 from games, you need to use the analog outputs (Front L/R, Rear L/R and Sub/Centre).
Doesn't Pro-Logic do this though? Im sorry Kane if I am not getting this. Like I said, I am an audio newb.
ok i went ahead and bought an Audigy 2 ZS Notebook PCMCIA card. this will defeintely take full advantage of my speakers correct?
hushypushy said:
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

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?
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