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Hey guys, I've done some thorough reading though I have not found any proper answer as to this so Question is

Will my Onboard spdif support 5.1 in games? So far testing seems to work for only content that has 5.1 Sound encoded in them, if so, Is there any possible way to obtain an on the fly encoder for my current sigrig's onboard audio?


Oh, I have it running through optical spdif.
Edited by gerickjohn - 10/14/11 at 6:38am
   
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Optical will do 5.1 for AC3 and DTS audio (which will be most movies/tv shows/music etc etc). It only has the bandwidth for two channels of uncompressed audio. If you want on the fly encoding, you'd be better off getting a dedicated sound card or using direct analog.
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Sad. Can you recommend any cheap surround 5.1 Audio cards? I'm currently looking at this.

http://www.ebay.ph/itm/Sound-Blaster...item2c5fdac061

its around 2k for me. Will be mainly using it for Surround sound gaming.
   
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the asus xonar dx would work, its a nice card
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It seems to be priced 2x higher than what i posted and doesnt seem to have a Toslink from my google search. Got any other recommendations?
Edited by gerickjohn - 10/12/11 at 5:34am
   
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Originally Posted by gerickjohn View Post
Sad. Can you recommend any cheap surround 5.1 Audio cards? I'm currently looking at this.

http://www.ebay.ph/itm/Sound-Blaster...item2c5fdac061

its around 2k for me. Will be mainly using it for Surround sound gaming.
its good card
you can also see the Xonar DG

or try and get a used X-Fi Titanium or Xonar DX for 50$ or less
i just dont like PCI cards

since your aim is for gaming the creative cards are the best for you

and stay away from those:
Xonar DS ,D1 , Creative Xtreme Gamer ,Xtreme Audio

EDIT: with Xtreme gamer i meant this card
http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-B...B000J1F1BI.htm
Edited by Crag - 10/12/11 at 6:18am
    
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post #7 of 17
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More or less the one I posted and the Xonar DG have the same prices, which ones should I go for? Or is there anything sort of cheaper? XD

Seems the Sound Blaster has 7.1 though.
   
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For games I cannot recommend the X-Fi Titanium enough. It's the one I use and it has fantastic quality surround, especially with EAX.
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Quite expensive though, is it really worth the price? Since with that money I could buy an aftermarket cooler or a new CPU Tower.
   
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Quite expensive though, is it really worth the price? Since with that money I could buy an aftermarket cooler or a new CPU Tower.
There's three different models - the Titanium, Titanium HD, and the Titanium 'Fatal1ty' edition. The traditional Titanium can be had for 65 dollars
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