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Actually you could just send coax/optical from your motherboard and pump more funds into better receiver/speakers and negate the soundcard by leveraging on the DAC of the AVR biggrin.gif

what is the DAC of AVR?
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post #12 of 36
That would depend on type/make of AVR but suffice to say they are capable even in budget AVRs
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That would depend on type/make of AVR but suffice to say they are capable even in budget AVRs

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I still don't understand.. any website link to explain what you mean by DAC in AVR? =x
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post #14 of 36
A DAC is a digital to analogue converter and a AVR is an audio/video receiver.

I was under the impression you need to create the best possible signal strait off via a sound-card then put the good signal the card created to the receiver. But if the optical out is a raw perfect signal then the AVR DAC would work just fine to provide a clean signal. Either way you can't go wrong with that $60 sound card.
post #15 of 36
If you're going the receiver route, don't even mess with any on-board or sound card, just get your sound through HDMI and call it a day. There's no point in wasting time messing around with TOSLink or coax.
 
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Well crap, I guess we all learn something new today. Looks like I will be trying out skipping the sound card and seeing the difference in quality (if there is one) when I get home.
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Well crap, I guess we all learn something new today. Looks like I will be trying out skipping the sound card and seeing the difference in quality (if there is one) when I get home.

do tell and let us know if there is any differences.~ thanks
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post #18 of 36
With TS' budget i think an older coax/optical AVR is more within reach rather than a current HDMI one but no harm trying ones luck in the used market and see how it goes thumb.gif
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post #19 of 36
HDMI receivers are not expensive. HDMI is also nothing new. Coax/optical are almost 10 years outdated. You can have full 5.1 sound in any environment, instead of relying on encoding an AC-3 or DTS bitstream on the fly (lossy and laggy), and getting a sound card or on-board that supports that. I saw some Pioneer receivers on Newegg a little while ago for under $200. No speakers included, of course. Unless, for some weird reason, 5.1 channels isn't enough for anyone (which is rolleyes.gif IMO), then you will be looking at expense, with the 7.1, 7.2, and 9.2 stuff.
 
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post #20 of 36
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hmm I'm blur.. so what should I get?

my motherboard has Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
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