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post #1 of 8
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What I have currently:
Logitech z5500
Gigabyte z77 ud5h mobo realtek onboard audio
have all the optical,coax, analog cables

Price point: $0-$120

What I'm looking for:
I watch a lot of movies from rental netflix, blockbuster, and etc. I would like to be able to get DTS, Dolby digital 5.1 passthrough to my speakers. I think max it supports is 96/24.

I also play a lot of games Battlefield 3, cod, and etc.. I would like to be able to have the best surround sound while playing these games.. From some forums they say bf3 supports dolby digital sound output but im not sure if thats true

What I've found so far:
Creative x-fi titanium hd
Asus Phoebus

I dont know much about sound cards so.. yea =/... some people said the creative x-fi titanium doesn't really support dts or dd
Edited by vvilliamm - 4/30/12 at 3:23pm
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post #2 of 8
You can get the Titanium HD, it is a good card, but you'll probably be fine with your on board.
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post #4 of 8
Yeah just take the Titanium HD. Playing music through my Titanium HD to my Onkyo Receiver, which is playing on 4 studio monitor speakers and a sub woofer as I'm typing this. Sounds great with gaming/movies too thumb.gif
post #5 of 8
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does it do dts/dd to the z5500 sorry.. kinda nub here
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post #6 of 8
Yes, you just enable it in the settings for the card, and it's alright, we're all noobs at one point. thumb.gif
post #7 of 8
Remember, the Titanium HD can't output 5.1 unless through optical I think. So do have the optical cable for the Z5500s otherwise it's useless.

That said, I wouldn't even spend the money for a TiHD on z5500s. I wouldn't spend more than 60 for a sound card in your case. Your speakers won't make use of it. Go for a Xonar DX or Titanium.

I also think that only the HT Omega Striker has Dolby Digital Live and DTS passthrough though. I don't think the Xonar does.
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^^ Listen to her, she knows her crap.
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