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My Audio Project. (What Soundcard?)

post #1 of 5
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So long story short: Last year I had some money burning a hole in my pocket and I bought a Speaker/Receiver combo at Futureshop for my tv upstairs. It sounds super spectacular, but hardly ever gets used! People (Including myself) prefer the Projection screen entertainment area in the basement over some piece of garbage HD LCD TV with sweet sound, bigger is better I guess.

So naturally, I want to integrate the following two pieces of equipment to a place where they will actually be used, my computer room / sleepy times area:

- Pioneer VSX-820-K
- Polk Audio 5.1 Speaker System (RM6750)

I think I've heard that this configuration is generally equivalent to a logitech Z-5500 loadout, which is cool.

I sleep on a futon which doubles as a couch, which makes leaving my room difficult at times. I plan on utilizing stands for the rear speakers, and either mounting or shelving the front three. Moving my desk to the left as to be centered in my room and to place a dresser to the right of it to hold the receiver. The 800D Might have to find a new home rather than it's intimidating desk location (It's just so easy to keep dust free up there). This will lead to other things of course. You know how it goes.

So where I'm stumped at currently, is what Soundcard I should upgrade my hunk of junk PCI XI-FI SOUNDBLASTER EXTREME GAMER FATAL1TY to in order to make the best of my particular plans. If I was just outputting straight to a Z5500 or something along those lines, I would probably try to find myself a Xonar D2X or something, but now there's a receiver in the mix, and this is uncharted territory for me.

I'm worried that whatever sound I send out of my computer will be sent as stereo and I'll end up with screwed up 5.1 sound. I want to play games with positional audio, watch movies like a dream, and listen to techno for hours and hours while playing SC2.


I've been researching this for the past couple days and have come up blank.
Also, perhaps what I'm attempting to do is generally a bad idea, but I think I'll leave that for you guys to decide.

I'm totally open to idea's.
Edited by Bradeno - 5/15/11 at 4:08pm
post #2 of 5
connect by optical or hdmi, the sound card is going to be pretty much useless since the receiver will be doing most/all of the audio processing going on, it should work from what i think but it would be better to wait for a response from someone more knowledgeable.
post #3 of 5
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I went to best buy to have a "gander" and found a lonely 'open box' version of the Xi-Fi Titanium HD marked down to $179.99. Than there was a sale ticket below the box stating it was on sale for 139.99. I grabbed it fast! The cashier took $20.00 off the sale price to make up for the 'open box' part and I got the card for $119.99 CDN

Lucky Day! Got it for less than the price of it's predecessor!

Now for the fun part.
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Originally Posted by Bradeno View Post
I went to best buy to have a "gander" and found a lonely 'open box' version of the Xi-Fi Titanium HD marked down to $179.99. Than there was a sale ticket below the box stating it was on sale for 139.99. I grabbed it fast! The cashier took $20.00 off the sale price to make up for the 'open box' part and I got the card for $119.99 CDN

Lucky Day! Got it for less than the price of it's predecessor!

Now for the fun part.
good deal, but i dont see why you would spend the money when you'll be using the receiver.... you're money to burn i guess, as long as you're happy.
post #5 of 5
Get a good receiver. They're all in ones (they have a DAC, preamp, and amp). They're basically sound cards on steroids but they can't be connect through PCIe or PCI. Onkyo is good for budget. Yamaha is okay right now. Sherwood receivers are good or bad. There's no in between. They're a hit or miss. Pioneer isn't really on their game right now. Marantz and Denon are for limitless prices. I would recommend a stereo receiver but since you're using 5.1, you have to get a A/V receiver. There's no use to explain the differences.
Edited by HybridCore - 5/15/11 at 5:54pm
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(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A10-5800K Biostar Hi-Fi A85W APU Integrated Graphics G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 64GB Western Digital WD Blue 500GB Lite-On iHAS124 CD/DVD Burner Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (Pull Configuration) 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit NEC MultiSync LCD1970VX NEC MultiSync LCD1970VX Filco Majestouch Black w/ Cherry MX Blue (JIS l... 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair CX430 NZXT Source 220 Logitech Click! Mouse SteelSeries QcK Mini Diablo III Edition 
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