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post #1 of 20
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Hello, I am about to start building my gaming rig and I need to find a 7.1 sound card with dolby digital live so I can use my astro A40s + mixamp with it.

Anyone have any suggestions on good cards?
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Depends on your budget.
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post #3 of 20
Shouldn't need one. Mixamp acts as the soundcard. Just run onboard sound to the mixamp.
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post #4 of 20
I'm currently in a similar situation, I just recently bought a Logitech 5.1 system but sadly my on-board sound card in my Asus IV Formula has no speaker fill ability, so the sound card that I've come up with is the HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ which will also allow me to use the Astro a40s I plan on buying soon through the optical in/out on the card.
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post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~sizzzle~ View Post
Shouldn't need one. Mixamp acts as the soundcard. Just run onboard sound to the mixamp.
But I thought I needed dolby digital live
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post #6 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Degree View Post
But I thought I needed dolby digital live
I believe you are correct Degree the Astro a40s require a sound card that supports dobly digital live, an ASTRO Community Leader talks about it in this forum post-http://forums.astrogaming.com/showthread.php?6445-Surround-sound-not-working-with-PC
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post #7 of 20
The Xonar DX does Dolby Digital Live via the SPDIF output, I'm sure there are cheaper cards that do too.
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post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telimektar View Post
The Xonar DX does Dolby Digital Live via the SPDIF output, I'm sure there are cheaper cards that do too.
I see, so since he recommends the HT Omega Striker, should I get that or Xonar DX?
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post #9 of 20
Do you plan on connecting the a40s to the sound card using an optical cable?
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post #10 of 20
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Yes, connecting it from the sound card to mixamp VIA optical cable.
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