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Sup guys.
In case the froum didnt know I had to sell my rig thinking I am going to loose my job. Well that is not the case and now I basically have to rebuy everything.
I have a budget around 260-300
As the title states the card will be 7.1
I have been looking at


ASUS 90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Xonar Essence Sound Card
229.99

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card
185.99

HT | OMEGA CLARO II 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
184.99

Thank you in advance.
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You need the Essence ST and the daughter board (Xonar X6?) to get 7.1 (analogue). The STX is 5.1 (TOSLINK/DDL) only.
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Originally Posted by Darren9 View Post

You need the Essence ST and the daughter board (Xonar X6?) to get 7.1 (analogue). The STX is 5.1 (TOSLINK/DDL) only.

really newegg states that it is 7.1. I will be using optical if that kind of info is needed
Thank you

This is the card you are talking about correct?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014
Edited by Juggalo23451 - 11/26/12 at 7:48pm
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5.1 is as high as optical goes, either DolbyDigital or DTS. Both of the Essences have DolbyDigitalLive encoders. The only way to get 7.1 (HD formats) is analogue (or HDMI). The card you linked is the ST, it's the same as the STX (actually the ST has a slightly better timing chip) except it allows connection of the 7.1 analoge add-on board.

They both have "Virtual 7.1", they'll accept a 7.1 source and down mix it to 5.1 or lower and allow some control of the postion of the "virtual" speakers.
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