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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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5.1 Speaker Setup on iMac

I have a set of Logitech X530 speakers for my new iMac but as I am setting them up and trying them out that there are 3 different colour plugs that need to enter the computer to power up the front, rear and center speakers each.

Am I SOL with using these speakers for my computer or is there some way around this?
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 02:11 AM   #2
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You could pick up one of these:
http://www.sabrent.com/products/specs/SBT-USB51.htm
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 06:12 AM   #3
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I know.. in my set. They came with a little converter that you can connect to the 3 wires.. which in turn gives you stereo input for gaming consoles.. etc. I just got a line adapter after that. The iMac only works in stereo.. but, it works quite nicely. Since the speakers have a "Matrix" setting which puts the sound in stereo to the front and rear speakers.

Are you on an iMac Core Duo? G5? G4? G3?

The iMac Core Duo has Optical outputs.. so if your speakers have an optical (Toslink) connection.. that's the easiest way.

However, if you don't. Picking up a USB soundcard which will provide the 3 outputs you need is about the only way to set it up for 5.1. Maybe some of the retailers can suggest some cards?
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 08:29 AM   #4
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The X530 does not have an optical / digital port.

So you really have to get the USB card (or get rid of those speakers and go for a set that has an optical port, if of course you do have optical ports on your iMac.)
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