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How do I connect computer to 5.1 surround speaker system?

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I don't know what equipment is required to output my laptop's sound into my stereo hooked up to 5.1 surround speakers. Will a DAC do this, or will a 3.5mm to RCA y cable work? 

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Is your 5:1 speaker system active or passive?

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Either way a DAC/amp will do it, something like the RSA Predator. My Genelecs are hooked up via a Headroom Micro DAC and Micro amp.

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Well what audio in/outs do your laptop and speaker system have?

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I would usually go from the USB to DAC/amp. If the speakers are already amped you won't need the latter. However, if you're going to use headphones, too, then having an all in one DAC/amp would be the smartest.


Edited by wingtsun - 6/23/13 at 7:17am
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Originally Posted by Muffinhead View Post

I don't know what equipment is required to output my laptop's sound into my stereo hooked up to 5.1 surround speakers. Will a DAC do this, or will a 3.5mm to RCA y cable work? 

 

What speakers are these? If it's a multimedia speaker set, get an external USB soundcard (Creative has some) that have 5.1 outputs. If this is a full-size system, the laptop and the receiver both need to have HDMI1.3 or higher so audio goes out through there.

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will a 3.5mm to RCA y cable work? 

 

It will work, but this will only give you stereo sound. 

 

To take advantage of the 5.1 sound, do what the guys suggested. 

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The speakers are passive with the exception of the subwoofer. and my laptop only has two 3.5mm jacks (one for a mic and one for audio output). My stereo amplifier only has analog inputs. I tried outputting my computer's HDMI to my tv, which is connected to the amplifier but that only gave me stereo sound. BTW, sorry for my very late response.

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