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January 3, 2013 2:07:07 AM

Hi all, i have a dell xps l702x and im looking for some speakers for it
i have seen the logitech z550 5.1 system, and just wondering how i would go about getting them to work using my laptop

there are 3 jack ports on the laptop

1 earphones
2 earphones with s/p dif written under it
3 mic

so what will i need to do to get this working? is it possible?

Thanks in advance for any help

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January 3, 2013 4:18:28 AM

You will not be able to use a 5.1 sound system properly. To do so you need 3 audio outputs jacks:

1. Center speaker & Subwoofer.
2. Front Left / Front Right speakers
3. Rear Left / Rear Right speakers

You only have 1 audio jack and that is for stereo only.

S/PDIF is audio digital output that uses a different type of jack than the typical 3.5mm jack used by headphones and 2 / 2.1 speaker systems.

S/PDIF output can output multi-channel surround sound, but it must be in Dolby Digital or DTS compressed format. That basically means only for DVDs and Blu-Ray movies. Otherwise you will only get stereo if you are playing games or listening to music; you may not get bass since in a 5.1 / 7.1 audio system it shares a separate channel with the front center speaker.
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