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I'm getting a Home Stereo System/ receiver from Samsung due to the one I have burning out.

It'll probably be something like this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-HT-D550-DVD-Home-Theater-System/16440064

Will a dedicated sound card help with audio quality, or should I go with optical from the "sound card" that my big bang xpower came with?
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Most onboard sound cards are crap compared to a dedicated PCI card.
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I've heard that if I'm using optical that it doesn't make a difference?
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The sound will only be as good as the onboard can deliver, optical or not. Try it, and if you don't like it upgrade.
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post #5 of 12
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Is this worth getting you think?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Creative-Labs-Sound-Blaster-X-Fi-Titanium-PCIe-Sound-Card/10629546?findingMethod=rr

Yes I know walmart, but I have a gift card so I'm limited to there.
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by huhh;13627491 
The sound will only be as good as the onboard can deliver, optical or not. Try it, and if you don't like it upgrade.
Wait, what? I always thought S/PDIF acted as a passthrough that the soundcard doesn't do any conversion on.
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Originally Posted by PUKED;13627814 
Wait, what? I always thought S/PDIF acted as a passthrough that the soundcard doesn't do any conversion on.

That is what I have always heard too. I use onboard with my Z-5500's and sounds good to me. I'm not an audiophile, but the onboard can pretty much destroy my house with these speakers. 10" sub + small room = entire house walls vibrating.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PUKED;13627814 
Wait, what? I always thought S/PDIF acted as a passthrough that the soundcard doesn't do any conversion on.

That's what I though as well when using optical.
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post #9 of 12
if you are passing digital out, modern onboard soundcards are perfect...

why waste $100 on the analog amp circuitry that you're not going to use...

and seriously... he's outputting to a $200 home theater combo... -- even if there was a very small difference, he wouldn't notice it...
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Originally Posted by LiNERROR;13628070 
if you are passing digital out, modern onboard soundcards are perfect...

why waste $100 on the analog amp circuitry that you're not going to use...

and seriously... he's outputting to a $200 home theater combo... -- even if there was a very small difference, he wouldn't notice it...

Alright. Didn't know if what I heard is true or not, and I know the Xi-fi wont make a difference with the X-540s I have lol.
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