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I have bought a logitech z-5500 and was wondering how i can connect it to my xbox 360 to get 5.1? I only get 2 speakers when i connect using optical... why is that? i read i will need this connector: is that true?

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  • ole_k_tynset Nov 16, 2009

    well im not sure if i can connect those RCA connectors on the component cable becose i only have coax,optical, and 3x 3.55mm outputs on my logitech z-5500.. + headset and mp3 or w/e

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 16, 2009

    ty, and it seems like ppl are just guessing i mean why cant i use optical, or coax.. why is there only support for 2 speakers with optical..

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009

    so component cable into the stereo 1-3 on the z5500, and from the tv/tuner a hdmi cabel? wat:P
    how can i connect hdmi on z5500 hm im starting to think z5500 is ONLY FOR COMPUTER ^^

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009

    or maybe you mean using hdmi on my xbox and then into the tuner/TV

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009

    ok so if i also connect my TV like you say with hdmi out to the tv/tuner? but what will be the input on the z5500

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009

    ok i have a few questions then...

    i dont even know what digital and analog means i know its how information is sent but perfomance wise i dont know whats diffrent.. i assume digital is better but exactly how do oyu get digital.. only through optical cable or something? or does it depend on youre amp/receiver what signal you can get.

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009

    ok thanx. could you also clearify a bit about (copyed from logitech specs.. something about decoders) Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital. what is that..

  • ole_k_tynset Nov 17, 2009




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That connector is used to convert the RCA cables out to an 1/8 apple Ipod connector.

I think it is only used to connect an Ipod to your console.

To get 5.1 you need to connect to a surround system, to connect you can useone of the following cables:

• Xbox 360 Component HD AV Cable • VGA HD AV cable • S-video AV cable

The best choice is probably using component cables.

After connecting configure following instructions here: How to configure analog or digital audio settings on your Xbox 360

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    Ginko Nov 16, 2009


    I will have a look into the logitech z-5500 backpanel, but first I have to go offline for some time.

    I will post back in about a couple of hours.


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    Ginko Nov 16, 2009


    Try this:

    Connect XBox to z-5500 using component cable (blue, gr, red).

    Connect z-5500 to TV using HDMI out (or Scart on older TV).

    That should allow to have 5.1 surround and HD video at same time.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Nov 17, 2009


    The problem on Xbox is that surround audio and video are carried on the same cable.

    You need to use component cable into the stereo 1-3 on the z5500, and from the z5500 HDMI out to TV/receiver input a hdmi cable , that will carry video.

    The only problem would be if z5500 does not carry video out. In that case you connect XB0x to the receiver, and audio out from receiver to z5500. Or XBox to TV, and optical or analog audio out from TV to z5500.


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    Ginko Nov 17, 2009

    Hi, sorry , I was confusing with a different unit. We answer many questions.

    Your unit has only 6 channel (the three jacks), and coax digital audio or opt. digital audio.

    Using the adapter you bought you will get sound, but it will not be surround, it will just be like connecting a regular analog stereo out to 5.1 speakers.
    You can try it and see if you like the result.

    It won't be better than using optical out.

    You will have to connect the Xbox to a receiver, then get output to receiver .

    Other solution is using audio out from TV to surround, and connecting XBox output to TV.

    The only spare audio out from XBox, not carrying video along, is the optical digital audio (stereo) and the analog red white (RCA cables)

    Use either optical out or the adapter you bought on the surround system and check the result.

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    Ginko Nov 17, 2009

    Digital is not "better" than analog, it is a different thing.

    An analog signal is continuous, while a digital signal is sampled and coded in bits and bytes.

    To make an example, the sound you read using a deck on a vynil disk is analog, it is given by tip running on the disk surface and generating an continuous electiric inpulse.
    Sound from a cd is digital. This is given by an analog sound sampled in bits that represent 0/1 codes. The digital sound is then put together by a computer that will sand again an analog signal to speakers (passive speakers are always analog).

    The 5.1 will manage better a digital audio, but you do not have much connector options on this unit.

    The choices are connecting through optical stereo in, or using the adapter to connect a regular 2xaudio channels from Xbox to a 5.1 connector. That will be distributed onto the 5.1 speakers, but won't be true native surround from XBox, you can get that only using component or HDMI, and with this surround system this is not possible because of panel limitations.

    Try using your adapter and compare with sound from optical out. Keep the best configuration. The only other option is passing the signal through a receiver, or buying a bigger surround system.
    Sound will still be good in both connections (digital optical, or analog with adapter).



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