Add really small 5.1 audio to your notebook


In the really small USB device category today we find the USB 5.1 Audio Adapter that is a very tiny USB stick that adds 5.1 audio to any computer with a USB port. $10 (but they are out of stock currently).

Eliminate the need for a traditional sound card with this USB to Audio adapter. Real USB plug & play to upgrade any on-board soundcard to 5.1 Digital Surround Sound without any hardware installation. Connect a speaker or headphone directly to the adapter and enjoy 3D positional sound and virtual 5.1ch sound track. Use the USB port power directly.

( via The Red Ferret)



That device doesn’t do true 5.1. It’s a simulated, virtual 5.1, that depends on software drivers and headphone output. I have one of these devices; another problem is the left and right channels on my device at least are reversed.

However, Turtle Beach makes a device which is almost the same size; it doesn’t have microphone input, but does have both analog and true digital optical output.

William C Bonner

I’d like to know how it does 5.1 with what looks like a regular headphone port?

The thing that I’d like is a device about that size that has an optical output that I can connect up to my reciever that could decode it in up to 7.1 channels.

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