I have a set of Klipsch ProMedia 5.1's that just have the Green, Black and Orange "Front", "Rear" and "Center/ Sub" channel inputs.
I'm looking to get an external sound card, so that I can connect them to my laptop rather than the old desktop with a Creative Audigy 2 soundcard. (Whatever I do, I want it to sound at least as good as the Audigy 2.)
The only external 5.1-capable sound card I can find is the "Creative Sound Blaster XFi Surround 5.1". So this seems to be the easiest option, and the only way that I could just keep the green/ black/ orange channels.
Now, here's the rub... I'm not using the 5.1's in a surround sound configuration to begin with. I have the speakers all clustered in between my living room and kitchen, trying to fill my place full of music rather than get a "true surround sound experience". (see diagram) Obviously not an audiophile arrangement, but all I'm really looking for is to have the same system provide music for doing the dishes and for making out on the couch. So ideally, all of my stereo music would come out of all six of the speakers at the same time.
So, my question is, do I need to have a "5.1" sound card to run these 5.1 speakers? Or could I buy a better sound card, something that only has stereo outputs (like a "Creative Sound Blaster XFi HD" or any of the many "real" audio interface cards), and somehow use those standard RCA stereo outputs to drive the Front, Rear and Center/ Sub channels on the Klipsch's?
Edited by Begle1 - 6/22/13 at 6:22pm