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I use a Dolby digital and DTS compatible RCA 5.1 home theater via optical to provide my main sound of my PC. Previously I had an AMD1055t on a GA890ud3 board. This allowed me to up-sample my audio out to Dolby digital 5.1 as a default format. I never had a single complaint about this part of the computer. I just wanted to have faster SSD and better gaming performance so I built my current sig rig with i7 3960 and RIVE. Speed is great but unless I’m watching a movie I cannot force the DTS to 5.1 connections to happen. For 99% of the time my home theater only recognizes 2 channel output from the Optical. If I pop a DVD or Blue Ray in with DTS or Dolby Digital the RCA receiver recognizes that true 5.1 output is attached and plays everything great. But anything else I do only gets 2 channels to the receiver and I’m forced to rely on its internal Dolby Surround which garbles everything but the center channel and subwoofer. When I look at default format I only have 2 channel stereo available as a default sound format for the optical out. I have read that this is all that the version of the realtek sound is capable of for this main board.

So the question is do any of you know a way to force default output on the optical to a 5.1 channel, DTS or Dolby Digital so that I don’t have to rely on the old Dolby surround format on my home theater. I wish there was a way to pay realtek for a codec upgrade or something.

If there is not a way to do it I have been looking at getting a dedicated sound card. It will have to be a PCIe card since that is the only internal slots the RIVE has. I have looked at the X-Fi Titanium, and Recon3d cards but so many people bash the quality I’m scared to get one. Asus has the ROG Xonar Phoebus coming out sometime in the future for around $200 if the pre-order sites are accurate. This card may be overkill for me though. So New Egg is also listing a Xonar DSX 7.1. It looks like this would fulfill everything I’m looking for but I don’t know. What do you experts recommend or do you have a way to fix the situation I’m in.

Here is a link to the Xonar DSX 7.1 on newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132053
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung SSD 840 EVO WD WD30EFRX Samsung DVDWBD SH-B123L Corsair H80 
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Windows 10 Pro 64Bit Samsung U28E590D Vizio 22" M220VA Vizio 22" E220VA 
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