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I currently have the Gigaworks S750 7.1 Surround system and it's worked great over the years. Obviously not a system to beat all systems but it had good quality and in gaming especially, I enjoyed the extra little sound positioning I got when playing FPS games.

Needless to say, after 6+ years it's getting a little long in the tooth. 2 of the front speakers occasionally pop when producing high-frequency sound for instance. My search for a made-for-computer 7.1 system has been coming up empty. Other than the outdated Gigaworks S750 does this kind of system exist? If not, is there a "hack" to connect a Home Theater 7.1 to an already existing X-Fi Fatal1ty Champion sound card?

Some may wish to respond that I'm crazy and should just go for a good 5.1 and while I appreciate your opinions, I like what I like. If you would like to suggest some killer 5.1 systems, please do so in a friendly non-condescending manner.

Also, as I'm currently living overseas, I would love any recommendations for any systems that operate on a 110v/220v transformer. I do plan on returning home someday. It's a lot to ask, but thanks in advance for the help.
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Your best choice for 7.1 is the receiver and speaker route. they are receivers which have muiti channel analog inputs on them which you can use to plug into the sound card. using RCA to 3.5 cables.

Tho if you rather not do receiver and do PC speakers then you have a limit choice for 7.1 pc speakers as theres not that many of them like a few of them.
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Thanks admflameberg for your reply. As a followup, do you have any examples of a receiver plugged in to an X-Fi Titanium Fatal!ty Champion card? Also, does plugging in a receiver negate the 7.1 processing done on the sound card? How does this effect EAX and processed game sound?
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Thanks admflameberg for your reply. As a followup, do you have any examples of a receiver plugged in to an X-Fi Titanium Fatal!ty Champion card? Also, does plugging in a receiver negate the 7.1 processing done on the sound card? How does this effect EAX and processed game sound?
EAX is old and not really used in games anymore. The last game that I can think of with EAX effects was either Far Cry 2 or BF2.

I'm not 100% sure on this, but if your card has an optical input, I assume that is how the receiver would hook up to the sound card. I'm also pretty sure (70%, someone else will need to confirm this for you) that the receiver would do all of the audio processing once you got it.
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EAX is old and not really used in games anymore.
Thanks for pointing this out. I did a little searching and found out that according to Creative, EAX should be considered deprecated as a developer interface. ie. Still supported in the API but not being developed.

Kind of a bummer considering the difference it made (to me anyway) in sound quality during gameplay. Here's hoping they make good on OpenAL and EFX in the near future. With my luck, it'll be just after I build my system.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

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