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I have the HTPC listed below.

Im looking for a better sound card that still does SPDIF. The drivers im using for this outdated sound card dont let me adjust the 5.1 audio to my receiver via the spdif. Im not sure why but i just attribute it to being an old sound card with new drivers.


Whats a decent sound card i can buy thats just going to be doing Movies/Blu Ray via 5.1 audio SPDIF to a reviver that wont break the bank?

Thanks in advanced.
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post #2 of 16
I have a zonar dx in my htpc. I love the card. It greatly improved my old theatre-in-a-box sound system. For the money you wont get anything better. If you find one used then even better
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A sound card can not improve the quality of Dolby Digital or DTS. S/Pdif can only pass either compressed formats OR 2 channel audio. You could spend $100 on a sound card but all it will just be placebo effect.
Sounds like you either need to go go analog or upgrade your receiver. What is your audio setup?
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post #4 of 16
If you were using analog, I could also recommend the Xonar DX, great value.

I prefer analog 2 channel or 2.1. In reality when I had a surround setup it rarely worked as intended. I also do not care for the sound of processed audio. (simulated surround etc).

If your computer does not already have a digital out, then you could still get the Xonar DX and use it for that, possibly even the DG, ( I do not recall if it has a digital out), both sound decent with headphones.
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by hick View Post

A sound card can not improve the quality of Dolby Digital or DTS. S/Pdif can only pass either compressed formats OR 2 channel audio. You could spend $100 on a sound card but all it will just be placebo effect.
Sounds like you either need to go go analog or upgrade your receiver. What is your audio setup?

+1 most sensible advice in thread thumb.gif For $200 have a look at HDMI AVRs like Denon 1612 or Pioneer 522-K able to decode DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD
Edited by trog - 11/9/12 at 6:18am
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post #6 of 16
What do you mean by adjust 5.1 audio? Are you trying to calibrate the output of your speakers to set up the center of your surround sound? Most decent surround receivers have this feature built in.

Edit: I just remembered, software like AC3filter also have this feature. I'd suggest doing it via your receiver anyways though, as there is less to go wrong.
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post #7 of 16
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+1 most sensible advice in thread thumb.gif For $200 have a look at HDMI AVRs like Denon 1612 or Pioneer 522-K able to decode DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD

He still needs an optical out, no need to troll.
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post #8 of 16
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He still needs an optical out, no need to troll.

 

With a HDMI AV Reciever? I don't see the need for the optical cable. He can use the HDMI channel to carry sound and video to the AV Reciever digitally using a HDMI cable. Or am I missing something?


Edited by Lifeshield - 11/9/12 at 3:11pm
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With a HDMI AV Reciever? I don't see the need for the optical cable. He can use the HDMI channel to carry sound and video to the AV Reciever digitally using a HDMI cable. Or am I missing something?

Nope u didn't miss anything but we cannot stop others from airing their ignorance and making a fool of themselves on the internets rolleyes.gif
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post #10 of 16
IF he's using SPDIF, that suggests the receiver doesn't have HDMI ?

My system is by Cyrus and they don't have HDMI, so I use the digital audio input to the AV processor, and HDMI to the TV.

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