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Windows 7: New Sound Card for old Logitech Z5500 speakers

4 Weeks Ago   #1
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
New Sound Card for old Logitech Z5500 speakers

I have a set of Logitech Z5500 5.1 surround speakers with control module. It's connected to an old machine



Both the X-fi card and the Z5500 support "6 Channel Direct" (three 1/8" cable inputs), which together produce amazing sound quality.


Since I only use the machine in which the card resides for music, I'm pondering getting rid of it.


Are there sound cards now available that will support the 6 Channel Direct aspect of the Logitech Z5500 speaker system? I assume that most cards that support 5.1 will work. Is 7.1 backward compatible?


Basically, I'm looking for high quality sound, even if I have to spend extra.



The attached screenshot is of the back of the controller of the Z5500. 6 Ch Direct can be turned off.


I believe I built the machine around 2008, and put the X-Fi in at the same time. No new cards support the old PCIE slot. This is a great speaker system that I'd like to keep using, assuming I can get good SQ with another card.


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
I have a set of Logitech Z5500 5.1 surround speakers with control module. It's connected to an old machine



Both the X-fi card and the Z5500 support "6 Channel Direct" (three 1/8" cable inputs), which together produce amazing sound quality.


Since I only use the machine in which the card resides for music, I'm pondering getting rid of it.


Are there sound cards now available that will support the 6 Channel Direct aspect of the Logitech Z5500 speaker system? I assume that most cards that support 5.1 will work. Is 7.1 backward compatible?


Basically, I'm looking for high quality sound, even if I have to spend extra.



The attached screenshot is of the back of the controller of the Z5500. 6 Ch Direct can be turned off.


I believe I built the machine around 2008, and put the X-Fi in at the same time. No new cards support the old PCIE slot. This is a great speaker system that I'd like to keep using, assuming I can get good SQ with another card.

Correction: You mean the old PCI slot. The old X-Fi Soundblasters worked off a PCI slot. Newer PCIe versions were manufactured, but I do not know if they are manufactured still.

Many people have opted for an outboard USB audio DAC, to get the best quality (stereo) sound. Arguably, if you have a modern 96kHz DAC, you not need surround sound. However, that is not your question. And I have not seen an outboard DAC that supports Surround Sound in any way.

You could try an Asus Xonar DX. This card has Pcie and 6 Channel Direct.
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you have to select MAIN, then set AUDIO CHANNEL to 6 channels and ANALOG OUT to 5.1 speakers
Source: Post #2 logitech z906 and asus xonar problems | TechPowerUp Forums
But I do not know if the ASUS card is still manufactured anymore.
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for your comments, iko22. I looked at the Asus, and it does seem like it would work, but I also found the SB Audigy XF that will work too. I think I'll go with the SB first, if qulaity is less than expected, I'll move on to other 5.1 cards. Again, thanks for your help.
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