iPad and 5.1 Surround

nagol68

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Hi,
I want to start by saying I'm not an audio expert, so if I say something wrong, please forgive me.

So I use my iPad Mini (1st Gen) for my music most of the time. I also have 5.1 Surround Sound in my bedroom that I listen to Spotify or Tidal's Hi-Fi streaming. My problem is it seems that the music only goes through the the center speaker and the subwoofer. Why is it not doing anything in the 2 rear, or 2 front/side speakers? Right now i'm using a standard AUX in the head phone port. I may be wrong, but I thought an AUX supports 5.1. Here is the system im using (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/surround-sound-speaker-z506). Also if I need an adaptor, I really don't need 'better sound', I just want all my speakers to get used.

Thank you so much,
Logan
 

ssddx

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http://www.pavtube.cn/guide/ipad-to-play-movies-with-ac3-audio.html

its already been done with home theater systems via an ipad/hdmi adapter. technically you could plug hdmi into a 5.1 hdmi audio extractor (which has 3x 3.5mm jacks or 6x rca jacks you can convert to 3.5mm) and get it to work with pc speakers but there may be a nicer way to hook things up. example http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81azeYsWLqL._SY355_.jpg

this would allow you to play 5.1 content. however if your originally recorded content was stereo only, you would still get stereo sound only. there are some ways to fake 5.1 from 2.0 but they do not sound the same and your pc speaker set will not do this. if all you want is stereo sound but pushed across all speakers, this can be done with splitters easily but its not going to be 5.1, just stereo sound pushed out to all speakers.
 

nagol68

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Is there any way to get 5.1 out of a iPad mini? If I get THIS would it work to get surround sound?
Thanks
 
Your speakers have a mode called "surround sound with 3d stereo" which will give you some kind of surround effect on 2 channel music. However you should be getting the left and right fronts (with sub) to play rather than just the center channel. That would happen for mono material.
 

ssddx

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http://www.pavtube.cn/guide/ipad-to-play-movies-with-ac3-audio.html

its already been done with home theater systems via an ipad/hdmi adapter. technically you could plug hdmi into a 5.1 hdmi audio extractor (which has 3x 3.5mm jacks or 6x rca jacks you can convert to 3.5mm) and get it to work with pc speakers but there may be a nicer way to hook things up. example http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81azeYsWLqL._SY355_.jpg

this would allow you to play 5.1 content. however if your originally recorded content was stereo only, you would still get stereo sound only. there are some ways to fake 5.1 from 2.0 but they do not sound the same and your pc speaker set will not do this. if all you want is stereo sound but pushed across all speakers, this can be done with splitters easily but its not going to be 5.1, just stereo sound pushed out to all speakers.
 
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