5.1 Audio on your PC - In order to enjoy 5.1 multi-channel surround sound music, your computer must be capable of playing back 5.1 content. Playing AC3 and DTS 5.1 surround sound on your personal computer requires some hardware and software in order to hear 5.1 surround sound.
There are two options:
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GigaWorks S750 - This is a THX Certified 7.1 Speaker System. You can use it with 5.1 and 6.1 surround sound cards. It comes with seven (7) small two-way speakers and a subwoofer that has 210 watts of power. This is a good system for listening to multi-channel audio on a computer.
You can use these programs with a CD Rom Drive for listening to CDs encoded in AC3 or DTS. I would strongly suggest your next CD or DVD player purchase be a DVD Player that can play CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, as well as MP3s.
What do I need to playback 5.1 Surround on the PC?
It's very simple to set your computer to listen to 5.1 audio. We will list 3 different levels for choosing your surround sound setup.
Please Note that we will be listing components that will playback true 5.1 or 4.1 (no center speaker) and not 5.1 folded down to Dolby Pro Logic. Dolby Pro Logic is NOT the same as AC-3 or DTS 5.1 surround.
1. The Cheapest Way Multi-Channel sound card (S/PDIF digital output and 4 analog outputs), built-in AC-3 decoder, and 4 powered satellite speakers and a powered sub-woofer. We are looking for an inexpensive DTS solution. If you know of one please let us know:) support @ 5dot1.com
2. The Mid Level - Sound Card with 4 analog output channels, S/PDIF (digiatl output) and AC-3 with better speakers.
3. A Pretty Good System (Computer & Home, w/DTS)- Again a Sound Card with S/PDIF (digital output) and a desktop AC-3/DTS reciever and larger better speakers. This way you can use a separate AC-3/DTS reciever for both home and computer listening to surround.
We can't cover all of the sound card, receiver, and speaker setups, but this will at least point you in the right direction. We are also focused on 5.1 surround for music and music videos, and art videos (anything non- commercial).