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Will a better sound card increase quality through optical?

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If I'm not mistaken, optical is more like a pass through so my Harmon/Kardon avr135 receiver will do the sound processing. I mostly use my computer for watching TV shows and listening to music, with the occasional game. Right now I am rocking a $5 Rocketfish sound card as my mobo doesn't have an optical out. I'm thinking of switching to matx and crossfire, so I doubt I can fit a sound card. Just trying to see if the switch is wise.

I'm noticing that HD rips will play Dolby Digital or DTS through my receiver, but games only come through in stereo. Will a better sound card carry surround to my receiver in games while increasing sound quality for everything else?
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the short answer is no. sound quality will be determined by the receiver. the long answer is here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/302807/best...it-even-matter
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