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Thanks, I'll have to look into that card as it has coax output. the good thing is I can still use the same receiver for quite awhile until I decide I need HDMI.
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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.
There are lots of X-Fi XtremeMusic for $30 shipped either on the forum or ebay.

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Get a motherboard with a Realtek ALC892.
Go away.
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Cuad thats the dumbest suggestion I ever saw coming from you.Telling the op to change his motherboard to one with the DD/DTS encoder. All the op has to do is get a Xonar DS i has DD live and DTS encoders which what the op is looking for, Auzentech X-gamer i think has DD/DTS encoders as well.

Both of them is dirt cheap.
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The budget Xonar cards really surprised me as to how good they are.
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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.
I think he means since its dolby digital live and its going to up mixed by the cards drivers and the connection is going to be in digital to the receiver it doesn't matter how ****ty onboard is. The receiver will be doing the conversion not the onboard.

Op Ddl gets done by the drivers and not by the card itself. So its basically via software and its as old as the mountains. Almost every audio manufacturer got it with their hardware from onboard to primo soundcards.

Now since your using it via analog then ddl won't be of any worth to you. Games send most of the audio to analog ports of your card as well. How many speakers do you have btw?
If you got cans you can look at the Asus Xonar DG/STX or the Titanium HD.
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Plus it's something handy to keep in mind for upgrade time.
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Plus it's something handy to keep in mind for upgrade time.
But you don't know he's upgrading. You didn't bother asking. I understand the onboard's quality won't matter since it's using a digital signal, but it's still so much cheaper to go for the DS, and then he'll have the potential to have much better analog sound quality in the future. It's like telling someone to buy a new mobo for better integrated graphics.
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Clarify something for me...without a DDL card, the receiver has nothing to "convert" because surround sound from games will not be outputted through the optical, only 2 channel PCM. And with analog, it is what it is. I hear people say if I have a receiver with DD, I don't need a DDL sound card because the receiver will convert the sound to 5.1. I don't think this is true surround. I see no point in getting an ASUS XONAR unless it has DDL to send the surround through the optical output which would be the whole point.

Which is why I'm still considering this card.

the only problem is it seems this card only supports EAX 2.0 whereas the Asus Xonar supports EAX 5.0. But since EAX is being phased out...who really cares.
Edited by aweir - 6/12/11 at 10:21am
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Is there a good external sound card for a laptop that also have Dolby Live so I can get full 7.1 surround for my astro A40s with mixamp?
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