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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys, I'm pushing analog 5.1 to my receiver right now and I'm looking for a new soundcard so I can do DTS passthrough to my receiver. I was interested in the cheap price of the Xonar DG but I can't seem to find if it supports DTS passthrough. If it doesn't, can someone point me in the right direction for a cheap sound card w/ optical out and DTS passthrough? If it's not super cheap, I will probably just buy a new video card that supports DTS passthrough over HDMI. Thanks OCN!
post #2 of 10
if you're doing HDMI why not just use the HDMI slot on your current video card?
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

if you're doing HDMI why not just use the HDMI slot on your current video card?

Well, that would totally work if my video card supported DTS passthrough. I don't think I would mention getting a new video card that supports it unless my current one didn't :shrug:
post #4 of 10
Check the xonar DS. I think it does.
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post #5 of 10
the 7 series does support it so long as you have hdmi 1.4 equipment and you installed the HDMI drivers
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post #6 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

the 7 series does support it so long as you have hdmi 1.4 equipment and you installed the HDMI drivers

My sig rig is not my HTPC, sorry I should have clarified that.
post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by xDriftyy View Post

My sig rig is not my HTPC, sorry I should have clarified that.

OH...ok

you're better off just getting a cheap low profile video card for it than. Buying a sound card negates it's whole purpose since your receiver is going to be doing the decoding. So in reality, you'll benefit more from getting a video card with hdmi out.

Are you going to play any games on this HTPC or just media
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post #8 of 10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102994

is this in your price range? It apparently plays most newer games just fine with most extra options turned down..
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post #9 of 10
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Quote:
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102994

is this in your price range? It apparently plays most newer games just fine with most extra options turned down..

this actually would allow me to play most old emulators and have dts passthrough... I think I'm going to order this. Thanks! +rep!
post #10 of 10
haha glad to be of help ^__^ There other ones too you can get with passive cooling if that would suit your interest
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