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connecting speakers to laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by semidevil, Feb 10, 2005.

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  1. semidevil

    semidevil Thread Starter

    Jun 23, 2002
    so I have a nice 4.1 speaker set that I want to use for my laptop. My laptop doesn't support it, so I was only able to do the 2.1.....it sounds nice, but I would really like the whole 4.1 feel.

    Besides buying a $70+ pcmcia sound card, is there any other alternative? any other type of adaptor that I can plug in so I can use all 4 speakers?

    some kind of splitter or someting, like those headphone splitter that I can plug in my laptop, and then plug my speakrs to it....will that work?
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    The 2.1 in the laptop only produces a 2.1 audio stream
    You need to reprocess the sound to get 4.1, which is a 4.1 sound card's function.

    An external device cannot truly create 4.1 from 2.1, the required info is not actually in the audio stream. The best you would get is a psuedo 4.1, if such a device actually exists,
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