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Not to sound cheap, but I either have the option of buying an older home theater receiver with analog inputs for gaming, or getting a much more expensive (newer) home theater receiver that most likely won't have analog inputs, and having to buy a sound card with DDL or DTS connect.

Are there any sub-$200 cards your would recommend? Either one. Frankly I don't think it's worth it because the one I plan to buy is $140 and comes with a full 5 speaker setup and doesn't require a new sound card. I don't see how I could beat this for $140. But if the optical connection is worth it, I might hold off. Otherwise I think I'm going to lose out on a good deal.
Edited by aweir - 6/10/11 at 9:07pm
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Get a motherboard with a Realtek ALC892.
Edited by cuad - 6/10/11 at 9:37pm
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Get a motherboard with a Realtek ALC892.

That's not even close to making any sense. Not only do you defend bad quality onboard sound, you recommend getting a new MOTHERBOARD just to get said sound. How do you figure that making any sense?


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You'll probably want to look at some of the Creative X-fi cards. Without a budget, it's hard to recommend something.
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Get a motherboard with a Realtek ALC892.

Maybe when it's time to upgrade my rig.

I'm not in a major hurry b/c the amp still has optical input and I can still use it when it's time to upgrade my computer as long as I don't want to go 7.1

No sense in buying a new sound card right away then buying a receiver with 100 inputs I'll never use.
Edited by aweir - 6/10/11 at 9:53pm
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Why not? From Realtek's website:
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The ALC892-GR/ALC892-DTS-GR is a....

Software Features

Optional Dolby PCEE program... and DTS Connect licenses

http://www.realtek.com/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=284
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Audio tech changes so fast it's maddening.

What is Dolby PCEE program, SRS TruSurround HD, SRS Premium Sound, Fortemedia SAM, Creative Host Audio, Synopsys Sonic Focus, DTS Surround Sensation | UltraPC,

What is all that nonsense? All I need is a soundcard that can output 5.1 channels assuming games will even have surround sound in the future as it seems no one can agree on a format that works and standardize it.

As long as it can take 5.1/6/7.1/8 channels and transmit it over one cable that doesn't cost a hundred dollars, that's all people need.
Edited by aweir - 6/10/11 at 10:00pm
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Originally Posted by cuad;13830386 
Why not? From Realtek's website:



http://www.realtek.com/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=284



Do I really need to explain this? Because for the money it would take to get a new motherboard he could get a card that not only has DDL/DTS, but is actually good quality. Even if you somehow think that the mobo's would sound the same, how can you recommend getting one over a card?
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Originally Posted by aweir;13830419 
Audio tech changes so fast it's maddening.

What is Dolby PCEE program, SRS TruSurround HD, SRS Premium Sound, Fortemedia SAM, Creative Host Audio, Synopsys Sonic Focus, DTS Surround Sensation | UltraPC,

What is all that nonsense? All I need is a soundcard that can output 5.1 channels assuming games will even have surround sound in the future as it seems no one can agree on a format that works and standardize it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132013

This would be my recommendation.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001&cm_re=striker-_-29-271-001-_-Product

I was recommended this card for DDL when I was buying my Astros... I ended up going with a Creative card but that was only because I got a great deal at the time on it.... I have heard great things about the Striker.
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