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    Is 5.1 worth it?

    just straight out, for the enviroment, cost, time, quality (considering mp3 format and such) results..

    is 5.1 sound worth it?
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    I suppose that's a difficult question for someone other than you to answer.

    It's really up to the individual user, I guess. A lot of people have brought up the thought that if you want to watch 5.1 movies, do so at home, where you can really enjoy them.

    I'd imagine that the majority of the time, the average person will just listen to MP3's, which typically don't do 5.1. I've got a couple of DVD's that have 5.1 encoded audio on them, but compared to the number of stereo MP3's, it's fairly small. I'd imagine for me, 5.1 would be a waste of time and money, though, to be honest, I'll probably do it anyway.

    Try looking into what it takes to get 5.1 to sound good in your car, then determine if it's worth it to you.

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    I would like 5.1, but I'm going to live with 4.1

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    Well I have to say that for me i didn't care if it was worth it or not. I just did it becasue i wanted it. The way that i went was a tad on the expensive side but you can do it for cheaper.

    I bought the panasonic CYAC300 (which is made for the car)

    Seth bought the creative 5.1 external module http://www.creative.com/products/pro...sp?prodid=9468

    He says it works fine with his system... the only problem he mentioned was that it took 14v so he had to get a 12v-14v adapter (big whoop)

    All in all it is more for the "cool" factor than actual use. If you maybe watch movies in your car 1 a month then stereo is fine
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    M-Audio Transit

    If you want to go with 5.1/DTS without and power problems try this http://m-audio.com/products/en_us/Transit-main-1.html. I am using it with the Panasonic CY-AC300ex and works perfectly. And it runs on USB 5v, no external power supply.

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    Hey i might get that. I was using the spdif port from the via but i was having trouble finding a quality coax to optical convertor
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    Via Coax

    Quote Originally Posted by antimatter
    Hey i might get that. I was using the spdif port from the via but i was having trouble finding a quality coax to optical convertor

    Yeah I have the a coax to optical converter and the M-Transit and the audio from the Transit is much cleaner than the converter. I am using it with the CY-AC300ex. Actually I bought an extra CY-AC300ex from ebay for spare parts for $100 bucks. The seller sold it because it would not power up. So I thought, Hey I work for Panasonic, I can take it in and get repaired with a discount. But I plugged in the controller and the brain and worked like a charm. I was thinking it could be the cables. Plugged in all of the cables and it still worked fine. $100 a good deal.

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    I've tested with a Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 NX, which is a USB external 7.1 soundcard. Just tested 4 channels with a DVD and it really sounds great. I will put in a small amp to power the stock center speaker and a 400w amp for a sub to complete the system.

    To power the Audigy, I'll use a 5v power supply, used for an ipaq (as it sucks 1,25a @ 5v)...

    A nice feature (that I haven't tested though) is the possibility to upmix any stereo source to 5.1 (or 7.1 for that matter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mp31023
    Yeah I have the a coax to optical converter and the M-Transit and the audio from the Transit is much cleaner than the converter. I am using it with the CY-AC300ex. Actually I bought an extra CY-AC300ex from ebay for spare parts for $100 bucks. The seller sold it because it would not power up. So I thought, Hey I work for Panasonic, I can take it in and get repaired with a discount. But I plugged in the controller and the brain and worked like a charm. I was thinking it could be the cables. Plugged in all of the cables and it still worked fine. $100 a good deal.
    Well i ordered that transit thingy and i am hoping that it will work becasue it was damn expensive. I also don't like the idea of running a seperate USB sound card (essentially that is what it is), I am hoping that this willl alleviate my issues. I also have the M-Audio C02 and have had nothing but trouble. YYMV and do note that i bought this used off of ebay but what i have noticed is that it has very wierd power arrangements, it says 9v but the AC power adapter puts out ~16v (WTHell??) anyways i can get it to run when I power it off of the PSU but when i crank up the volume the sound begins to crack (WThell??).

    I also used the the cheap converter off of ebay. I bought it for like 20 bucks and it was pretty solid but the way that i had it powered (radio shack convertor) whenever i stepped on the brakes the sound would cut out for a milisecond. I think there are strange things going on with my electrical system that may attribute to this funnyness but i really hope this is the answer i have been looking for.
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    on a sidenote, antimatter, put a small cap in front of any device that acts strangely to power fluctuations/noise. It helps a lot!

    And does your power supply put out 16v when connected to the converter too? Those cheap supplies can drop very easely some volts under load.

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