external sound card for macbook

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  1. frostedfrank

    frostedfrank OT Supporter

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    anybody has one, if so which model? might be looking for you but don't know what to get. I used to have an audigy NX with my pc but doesn't support mac, so I'm pretty lost. oh and I can't pay 300$ for a motu or something.
    I want something decent, mostly used with 2.1 speakers..
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    i use an iMic? works great for me
     
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    well I want better sound quality too. will look into the iMic, never heard of it before
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    it's by griffen. im no audiophile, so i cant really vouche for the sound quality, but for my listening pleasure i like it
     
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    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    The internal sound card can do 2.1, and it sounds great. what more do you want?
     
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    something that sounds better :coolugh:
     
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    doesn't the macbook have optical output like the macbook pro? once you go there, you don't NEED a sound card.
     
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    negative chief :hs:
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Yes it does. The MacBook has SPDIF input and output.
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    Like?
     
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    oh :o
     
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    CarRamRod The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries.

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    'tis ok :)
     
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    I still need to find the right adaptor that converts Optical to a 3.5mm jack (thats what goes into the macbook pro)

    Belkin sells one, but its attached to an Optical cable and its like 40 bucks. :wtf:
     
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    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    :greddy: a sound snob. What did you expect out of the entry level laptop from Apple

    edit: are there any differences in soundcards between MBP/MB? I bet even the iMac has the same audio hardware.
     
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    every optical cable I've ever purchased included this adaptor. go to radio shack, they'll have 'em.

    or:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...cs_id=1022902&p_id=1556&seq=1&format=2&style=
     
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    Griffin Firewave. Might sound better.

    You could always look into a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter). If you get a good one, the sound quality will br brilliant using the TOSLink out from the MB. If the sound card is the same on the MB as it is on the MBP, then I'd say don't worry about it if you only need 2.1. My Grado SR-225 headphones sound fucking fantastic with that sound card. I have no problems with the onboard sound.
     

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