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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Multi-channel speakers for Mac Mini Reply with quote

I've switched over from a PC to a Mac Mini over the last month, and I must say I am really, really happy with the transaction.

One issue I have, however, is that I have a Logitech Z560 4.1 speakers. It requires 2 audio jacks for the front and rear speakers. The Mac Mini out of its box only has 1 audio jack, but I read somewhere that an adapter is available for multi-channels. Ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get on the pre-order wating list for one of these:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/firewave/
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

420greg wrote:
You can get on the pre-order wating list for one of these:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/firewave/


Don't preorder the Firewave, it was announced back in January of 2005 and has never seen the light of day. Then they announced it would be released in the first quarter of 2006 and of course they didn't.

There has been multi-channel usb products by m-audio, but all have been discontinued.

My suggestion is to get a stereo Y-cable (splitter), that way your rears will just play what your fronts are playing. Or lose the speakers and pick one up that has optical input.

This is what your looking for (any brand will work)
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

khisayruou wrote:


Don't preorder the Firewave, it was announced back in January of 2005 and has never seen the light of day. Then they announced it would be released in the first quarter of 2006 and of course they didn't.



I have been watching for the release for awhile. That and the Belkin wireless USB hub.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a gripload of USB soundcard options out there that work for Mac. All you need is one of those.

M-Audio Transit: though this provides digital out and not two analog-out 1/8" connections.

Perreaux SXD2: Some guy has it running with his Mini and loves it.

Sonica Theatre: Some guy was having problems, but it's similar to the Transit.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
There are a gripload of USB soundcard options out there that work for Mac. All you need is one of those.

M-Audio Transit: though this provides digital out and not two analog-out 1/8" connections.

Perreaux SXD2: Some guy has it running with his Mini and loves it.

Sonica Theatre: Some guy was having problems, but it's similar to the Transit.


M-Audio transit will not help the OP, it only has one line out, one optical out, and one line/optical in. The SXD2 won't help either and at the cost of that thing, you might as well buy a home theater receiver that has optical inputs. And of course, the Sonica Theater has been discontinued and is no longer supported.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps there is an adaptor for turning the 'digital out' to 3/5 channel 1/8 plugs?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

therealduckie wrote:
Perhaps there is an adaptor for turning the 'digital out' to 3/5 channel 1/8 plugs?


There is:

1- Creative DDTS-100
http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=136&product=9468

2- Klipsch (discontinued) had one too
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

khisayruou wrote:
420greg wrote:
You can get on the pre-order wating list for one of these:

http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/firewave/


Don't preorder the Firewave, it was announced back in January of 2005 and has never seen the light of day. Then they announced it would be released in the first quarter of 2006 and of course they didn't.

There has been multi-channel usb products by m-audio, but all have been discontinued.

My suggestion is to get a stereo Y-cable (splitter), that way your rears will just play what your fronts are playing. Or lose the speakers and pick one up that has optical input.

This is what your looking for (any brand will work)


That is weird for Griffin, since they usually deliver on their products. Every Griffin product I own works extremely well. However, I only know of one person who has actually used a Firewave. I'd definately like one for my G4 Cube, but it doesn't look like it's ever going to be released...
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kaidomac wrote:
That is weird for Griffin, since they usually deliver on their products. Every Griffin product I own works extremely well. However, I only know of one person who has actually used a Firewave. I'd definately like one for my G4 Cube, but it doesn't look like it's ever going to be released...


Well, Griffin just recently updated the product page and guess what, the product has a new look and there are even specs posted up. I think its a really good sign. It looks to be 5.1 now for a pricey pre-order of $99.99
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably not the answer you are looking for, but the M-Audio Firewire 410 will give you true surround output because of the 10 outs it has. I have one for GarageBand use and it works well.

At ~$300 it's complete overkill and is really more for MIDI and music production, but it would do what you are asking. I would think there must be a better/cheaper solution though.

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FireWire410-main.html

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

New Audionic speakers are having better results with buffers.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firewave is vapoware ...
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can help you way better!!!

Logitech makes a new fiber optical surround sound speaker system look at logitech's web site
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Surround-Speaker-System-980-000467/dp/B004M18O60/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370016142&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+fiber+optic+speaker+system

Here is the link supports thx 500 watt surround sound love mine and even used these are worth there 300.00 price tag
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