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I have the Logitech X 530 sound system but can not connect it to my mac as it only has one audio input socket.

Is there some type of splitter/adapter to get 5.1 surround sound to work on a mac?

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You'll need a 5.1 audio card that is Mac-compatible.. Something like this: Muse Pocket LT - Sound Cards - Hercules

Those are great speakers by the way, I had my set for over 5 years, and only the the stand off the center-channel busted off.
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Nonsense! You don't need a card or brick. This is all you need, and it's actually made by Logitech for their 5.1 setups.
Logitech 5.1 Adapter
I have that hooked up to my Logitech X-540 and it's awesome!

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Ooh yeah, I forgot about that! I used to have one of those.. however, I don't think it actually broadcasts in "true" 5.1, it just divides the signal amongst the 5 speakers..

For true 5.1, you'll need an external sound card.
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Yes the seem awesome and I only have 3 speakers working

The sound cards all look expensive.

The "Logitech 5.1 Game Console Adapter Convert Rca Plugs To A Single 1/8"

How does that connect to your mac once you plug the three cables from the speakers into one end?

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You guys that have these Logitech speakers, do they only have analog connections on them? Are they 3 or 5 wire connections? And am assuming no Pro Logic or Pro Logic II?

That would be correct, the adapter merely splits the stereo source into the 5 channels - no true 5.1 there.

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Mine has three cables to connect to the computer/sound card.

I would get sound out of all 5 speakers though? And the red and white cable how do they connect to a mac? :S
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How does that connect to your mac once you plug the three cables from the speakers into one end?

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Something like these Belkin Audio Splitter Cables. Belkin Splitters

I had the same set up once running through my MB and i had ALL speakers working and annoying the Neighbours lol


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OK so I need the adapter and a 3.5mm to rca converter?

Making sure before I hit the purchase button!
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To go from your Mac to RCA you need a stereo mini plug to RCA cable - here's a quick search on Amazon. You should be able to find this at any of your local electronics stores (and for under $10).

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Dam I can easily get a rca to 3.5mm but they only sell the Logitech 5.1 Game Console Adapter in America and i'm from the UK just my luck
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Mate go into any electronics shop that sells audio and you will be able to pick one up. I picked my Belkin Adapter up from **** Smiths in Australia ...... You will get one somewhere

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OK so I need the adapter and a 3.5mm to rca converter?

Making sure before I hit the purchase button!
Are you absolutely sure your didn't come with it? I upgraded from the 530 to the 540 and I now have 2 of these because my last 530 had one! This is what I use on my setup.
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The green connects to the audio connector on the mac, and the red/white connect to a male white/red coming out of the "logitech adapter."

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Mate go into any electronics shop that sells audio and you will be able to pick one up. I picked my Belkin Adapter up from **** Smiths in Australia ...... You will get one somewhere

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I thought ebay.co.uk would of some but I have tried searching "5.1 to rca" and no results. If ebay doesn't have them I have no chance.

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