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Hey folks.

 

I have a Karman Hardon Harman Kardon 5+1 Home Theater system and just got myself a Creative Zx soundcard.

 

Just wondering if you guys prefer Dolby or DTS while gaming? Such as Battlefield 3.

 

Also what is the difference?


Edited by iARDAs - 3/6/13 at 1:20pm
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DTS is generally better than Dolby, this is certainly true for movies.

*Harman Kardon. Not sure if your spelling violates the TOS! tongue.gif
Edited by BiG_LiG - 3/6/13 at 12:55pm
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Hey folks.
I have a Karman Hardon 5+1 Home Theater system and just got myself a Creative Zx soundcard.
Just wondering if you guys prefer Dolby or DTS while gaming? Such as Battlefield 3.
Also what is the difference?

How do you have you computer audio connected to the HK 5.1 system?
Have you tried connecting the graphics card's HDMI output to the HDMI input on the HK?
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I wish I had a Karman Hardon, haha.
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DTS vs Dolby has been a big debate over the years.
Many say DTS is better, but personally... I've always came to a conclusion that it's a matter of preference.

With that said, there are movies which I prefer in DTS and movies absolutely only like with Dolby.

For games... not many has DTS support, so it's kinda moot right now. Maybe in a year when the next-gen consoles are truly a upon us where developers will offer both DTS and Dolby in games.
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DTS vs Dolby has been a big debate over the years.
Many say DTS is better, but personally... I've always came to a conclusion that it's a matter of preference.

With that said, there are movies which I prefer in DTS and movies absolutely only like with Dolby.

For games... not many has DTS support, so it's kinda moot right now. Maybe in a year when the next-gen consoles are truly a upon us where developers will offer both DTS and Dolby in games.

Dolby Digital was only capable of 640kb/sec, DTS core was capable of 1.5mb/sec, that's why people claimed DTS was better.

Of course now if you can get DTS HD MA, or Dolby TrueHD, they are basically identical.
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post #7 of 24
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How do you have you computer audio connected to the HK 5.1 system?
Have you tried connecting the graphics card's HDMI output to the HDMI input on the HK?

I just connected the optical cable from the system to the Sound Card and choose Dolby or DTS encoding via the software.

 

I didnt do the HDMI method. I think optical is the best.

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Originally Posted by vwgti View Post

I wish I had a Karman Hardon, haha.

hahahaha... Yeah Karman Hardon is the aftermarket of the Harman Kardon though be careful :)

 

Joking aside I will edit the mistake ;)

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Originally Posted by BiG_LiG View Post

DTS is generally better than Dolby, this is certainly true for movies.

*Harman Kardon. Not sure if your spelling violates the TOS! tongue.gif

Yeah I will change it to Harman Kardon. Epic fail in my way :)

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Originally Posted by benbenkr View Post

DTS vs Dolby has been a big debate over the years.
Many say DTS is better, but personally... I've always came to a conclusion that it's a matter of preference.

With that said, there are movies which I prefer in DTS and movies absolutely only like with Dolby.

For games... not many has DTS support, so it's kinda moot right now. Maybe in a year when the next-gen consoles are truly a upon us where developers will offer both DTS and Dolby in games.

Honestly connecting my computer to the 5+1 harman kardon system was just plain epic.

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Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post


Dolby Digital was only capable of 640kb/sec, DTS core was capable of 1.5mb/sec, that's why people claimed DTS was better.

Of course now if you can get DTS HD MA, or Dolby TrueHD, they are basically identical.

 

Good info thanks.

 

+rep all/.

post #8 of 24
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One last question.

 

The only way to take advantage of Dolby or DTS is via a home system right? Like my Harman Kardon 5+1?

 

Connecting the PC to a headphone will not give that quality I suppose.

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One last question.

The only way to take advantage of Dolby or DTS is via a home system right? Like my Harman Kardon 5+1?

Connecting the PC to a headphone will not give that quality I suppose.

You still get it through headphones depending on your onboard sound/soundcard. The soundcard will do the decoding instead of LPCMing (linear pulse code modulation) the signal to your receiver for your receiver to decode.
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One last question.

The only way to take advantage of Dolby or DTS is via a home system right? Like my Harman Kardon 5+1?

Connecting the PC to a headphone will not give that quality I suppose.

Plugging headphones into the SB-Zx sound card will provide some great audio quality to the headphones smile.gif

For the PC to HK connection.
S/PDIF (optical& coaxial) can carry 6-channels (5.1) of compressed 24-bit/48Khz digital audio.
HDMI can carry 8 channels (7.1) of PCM (uncompressed) 24-bit/192Khz of digital audio smile.gif
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