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Please, I hope someone can help me understand.

I am trying to decide if Optical out from the card using DTS or DDL is a good option for gaming. I already own the card and am running it through DTS to my Logitech Z5500s through the optical out. I guess in this setup, the real digital to analogue conversion is being done by the Z5500 control box.\

Does this mean that I am not really getting 5.1 sound? Is the card itself still impacting sound quality and effects?
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The digital to analog conversion is done by the Z5500. You don't get any benefit from the Titanium HD in terms of sound quality.

Yes, you can still get 5.1 as long as it's DTS. Albeit 5.1 through optical or coaxial is compressed.
    
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