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I been trying to find an affordable option to having surround sound in my home. So far I could only find the Logitech Z506. However that only works with a sound card that has the 3 "3.5mm" output.


So in my search to find ways around it, I thought of possibly using an external audio card. I found several on amazon, sadly I can't post links yet cause I need to have more posts


My current Blu-Ray Player & TV both only have digital audio out (optical) or hdmi. So here is what I'm picturing, I would connect the TV using the digital audio out to the external audio card on the spdif-in spot. Then I would simply connect the speakers to that device. My only worry is would that work or does a computer have to be involved & would that even allow the surround sound to work?


Hope someone perhaps has tried it or that someone knows if that would work for sure. Thanks an advance!
 

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Honestly, If I were in your shoes, I would just buy a 2.1 computer speakers.


They have thoes speakers at best buy and they arent that great.



Before I was going to set up my own 5.1, I had these http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Speak...4944382&sr=8-1


They are very old and I remember buying them years ago at target for $100 and they still work.




I was watching my HD and 3D movies with them and they were fantastic.


The newer ones are these
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-980-0...944953&sr=1-14



Now the Logitech Z506 I dont think will give as good as quality even though you can have speakers behind you and you get the full surround effect. Its up to you though, logitech have good products and im sure you will be happy





I know that the Z506 have a rca input on them, meaning thats the red and white cords. Most HDTV's and bluray/DVD players have outputs for them, so all you would need to do is check if your hdtv or player have those output, and all you would need to buy is something like
http://www.amazon.com/RiteAV-Stereo-...4945085&sr=1-7


Of couse you could buy a little bit more expensives ones but these will be ok.
 

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I might just end up for settling for sound out of all speakers. I was really hoping for a way to get the surround sound effect where audio might just come out of right right or left side & so on. Now that I can post links, here is what I was thinking would do the trick!

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Extern...949765&sr=1-15


I may just decide to buy it & test it out my self by buying all of it. But had hoped someone might know if it would work.
 

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Yes it does, but its only right and left which wouldn't allow the speakers to be true surround. I do believe the speakers would still play sound from all speakers, but it wont play sound that is suppose to just come out of say the rear or just the front.


I am new to the whole thing but that is my understanding from it all.
 

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I was able to talk to one of the companies who do the external audio card. It was confirmed that a pc is only needed for drivers & powering the unit. Since it has optical input, that can be used!


So this should solve my problem, I bought the speaker system & bought the external audio card. I'll be sure to let you all know when I get it all if I was able to get true Surround Sound!
 

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I almost forgot to update everyone.. Using the external audio card worked great. I was able to connect the TV to the external card using the digital optical cable. Then on the laptop near the TV & Logitech speakers, I was able to get the speakers to do the surround sound!


What was even better was since the Logitech speakers have no remote for volume control I used a universal remote to control the volume on my laptop. BTW in case your wondering how that worked, you have to have a windows media center receiver or something similar!


Here is a link to the external audio card I used!

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Extern...949765&sr=1-15
 

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Hi there.after reading your post I decided to try the same thing but not having much luck. Could you perhaps assist me by stating how exactly u have urs connected?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a mil.
 
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