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External Sound Card with Logitech Z-5500's

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December 14, 2012 12:07:20 AM

Hi all,

I am going to be building a mini-ITX system in a few months and will be getting rid of my large ATX board. This means that I will not be able to use my old Creative Audigy 2 that has served me well over the years.

Right now I have the Z-5500's hooked up via Digital Coax (kind of reminds me of a 3.5 mm male connection) and 6-Channel Direct (orange, black, and green cables). I was wondering if I purchase the following external sound card, will I still be able to hook my Z-5500's up via Digital Coax and 6-Channel Direct?

http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Soundblaster-Surround-Sy...

I am willing to look at any other external sound card options that will support the Z-5500's.

Thanks for any advice.
December 14, 2012 12:26:20 AM

Alternatively, I could plug the orange, black, and green jacks into the on-board sound on the motherboard but I am not sure where to plug in the orange and black jacks.
December 14, 2012 12:25:44 PM

No one can recommend anything? Or at least tell me how to plug the orange, black, and green jacks into a motherboard that doesn't have 5.1 audio?
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December 14, 2012 5:21:33 PM

Just hit a mobo with coax out? When u send digital audio out the DAC lifting/duties are done externally (in this case by the Z5500)
December 15, 2012 6:09:10 PM

Thanks for the reply,

I'm going to try toslink optical from the motherboard to the speakers and will also try 5.1 channel analog to the green, blue, and pink plugs. I found this article that explains how to connect 5.1 speakers to an on-board audio chip that does not support native surround sound:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/How-to-Connect-5...
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