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12-03-2004, 11:37 PM
I am going to buy some new 7.1 PC speakers but cannont seem to find out if they will be compatible with my current sound card.
How can I find out if it is?

Billy T
12-03-2004, 11:40 PM
Hi Ollie

Welcome to PF1

Post the details of your sound card and proposed speakers (brands and model numbers), and then we will be better able to advise you.


Billy 8-{)

12-03-2004, 11:48 PM
Hi Ollie123

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I think as long as you have 5.1 you should be able to run 7.1

12-03-2004, 11:51 PM

The speakers are AVLABS 7.1 125w RMS Mulitmedia Speaker Set.

The sound card is VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio (WAVE).
I got the sound card info from the DirectX Diagnostic Tool Display.

I'm not too sure if that was the right place to get the sound card info.

Thanks anyway.

12-03-2004, 11:59 PM
VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio is a "codec" not a "sound card".

It looks like "on board sound" though, and not a dedicated sound card.

You may have to look at the motherboard manual to determine the full capabilities, as the sound will be integrated into the motherboard chipset.

13-03-2004, 12:00 AM
I dont think it is compatiable, you can also find your hardware in the device manager if you right click my computer and select properties

16-03-2004, 09:18 PM
Hey People,

Anybody have any reccomendations for surround sound speakers, (preferably 6.1 or 7.1).
I will buy a soundcard to match them.

Thanks, Ollie123

16-03-2004, 09:28 PM
Hi Ollie, I would go with the Sound Blaster Audigy I or II but if you really want something that kicks butt, the Sound Blaster Audigy ZS is a really reat buy as well. Get a set of Creative Cambridge Works Speakers 7.1 and you'll be set for a while as far as sound is concerned.



16-03-2004, 09:33 PM
Havent looked into it properly but im pretty sure the audigy,audigy2 range is 5.1, i think the latest release may have a 6.1 variant.Even if they are available they will be few and far between.I know of no creative model that has 7.1.

Then of course you hit the fact that nothing is encoded in 7.1,and ive yet to see anything in 6.1.

Whats the point?

Just go 5.1,its cheaper,easier to source,and is actually suported/encoded for.

20-03-2004, 12:07 AM

I,ve decided to get the "Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System."
My only problem is the sound card,- I should get the card to match the speakers but it costs around $500 new.
Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro.
I'll go to the computer shop tomorrow to see if I can get anything cheaper??

20-03-2004, 11:15 AM
jeez .......stick with whatever sound you got on the puter but just wire it thru the stereo....you can buy a pretty resonable stereo for $500

20-03-2004, 01:48 PM
why not see a stereo specialist store and really go nuts ... heheh.. 5 speakers and a woofer.;

20-03-2004, 01:52 PM
I think 7 speakers and a woofer is a bit more going nuts then 5.1...

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card


Can't tell you were as that would be advertising.......

20-03-2004, 09:53 PM
Would it be possible for you to tell me where you saw the sound card for $265.


20-03-2004, 10:15 PM
Ollie123, Metla would probably seen that gear in Wanganui. PJ
Metla, Ollie123 has an email addy in his profile. Is there a new computer shop opening in Eastside?? PJ

20-03-2004, 11:16 PM

I found the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, PCI sound card for $184.68 on the web and the local store sells it for $195.

21-03-2004, 12:08 AM
whoa....price dropped on those suckas pretty fast.

21-03-2004, 12:11 AM
> Is there a new computer shop opening in Eastside??
> PJ

I dont know,its news to me if there is.

Unless your referring to my most recent project?

If so then no,my premises are in town and already open.

well,the doors are open,stock has been dribbling in slowly.

Poppa John
21-03-2004, 10:52 AM
Metla, Address???? PJ

21-03-2004, 01:18 PM
52 Guyton St,but its not ready yet.

Another week or so and she will be all set up and lookin good.

21-03-2004, 01:19 PM
Anyone know where i can source a glass display unit?

cash buyer.

Poppa John
21-03-2004, 03:43 PM
Metla.. Ginza? Also have a look at the empty Eastside shop, 'tween the bike shop & solon. Display stuff in there, don't know if it is going in or out !!! PJ

21-03-2004, 06:09 PM
Cheers PJ,checked out Ginza,Nothing there,also spied out that shop at the eastside shops(which used to be a computer shop)seems to me that gear has been brought in within the last month or 2.

Still looking.

Tenderspot is my next port of call but i doubt they will have anything of display quality.

Poppa John
21-03-2004, 09:07 PM
Metla. I have a pile of demolition 4x2 Rimu & a couple of trestles you can borrow!!!!!! :D

Are you looking for a part time assistant/shop minder????PJ

21-03-2004, 09:18 PM
Hey, does anyone know where I can get a Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro Sound Card for a cheap price??

21-03-2004, 10:28 PM
> Metla. I have a pile of demolition 4x2 Rimu & a
> couple of trestles you can borrow!!!!!! :D
> Are you looking for a part time assistant/shop
> minder????PJ

PJ,i have bad news and bad news,Seeing as i have such close ties one of the major demolition companies in NZ i have access to more used timber then i could throw a bone at.

As for a shop assistant,Could i trust you not to crash my network and lose the video drivers everytime i leave the shop?

You are of couse welcome to visit the shop and spend as much money as possible.


Poppa John
21-03-2004, 11:03 PM
Ouch PJ

Poppa John
21-03-2004, 11:05 PM
Time Iv' got, money I aint. PJ

21-03-2004, 11:06 PM
Thats the Wanganui way.

I will of course be honoured if you popped into the shop once shes all up and running.

25-03-2004, 11:10 PM
Yay!!! my new Creative 7.1 Speakers came on the courier today,
Just have to wait for the sound card now!