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All the info in my sig should be up to date. My main rig is in my living room and is the HTPC as well. I use it in junction with my harmon kardon avr245.
The front towers are Warfdale sapphires. The back pair are also warfdale sapphires but book shelf.

I have the ability to use hdmi or optical. I have tried both in several configs, and the optical wins in my book. At least definitely for music. With movies i've found that the hdmi connection is pretty bleak sounding. Even if i get the option of different sound formats.

I don't use a headset at all, so it's pretty well dedicated to the AV system. Would adding a decent sound card be noticeable with my set up??

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With what you have yes

I also have a Surround Receiver and a Hifi speaker set hooked up to the PC with a optical cable and i find my old Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series soundcard to be better then the onboard soundcard
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cool, I was considering a decent card with optical for around $100. What would you suggest?

And i love this

Pilot: Tower, please call me a fuel truck.
Tower: Roger. You are a fuel truck.

Tower: You have traffic at ten o'clock, six miles!
Pilot: Give us another hint, we have digital watches!

Tower: Mission triple-three, do you have problems?
Pilot: I think, I have lost my compass.
Tower: Judging the way you are flying, you lost the whole instrument panel..

I literally busted out laughing. I listen to the air traffic channel at the small airport by my house, and hear some good banter now and then
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cool, I was considering a decent card with optical for around $100. What would you suggest?

And i love this

Pilot: Tower, please call me a fuel truck.
Tower: Roger. You are a fuel truck.

Tower: You have traffic at ten o'clock, six miles!
Pilot: Give us another hint, we have digital watches!

Tower: Mission triple-three, do you have problems?
Pilot: I think, I have lost my compass.
Tower: Judging the way you are flying, you lost the whole instrument panel..

I literally busted out laughing. I listen to the air traffic channel at the small airport by my house, and hear some good banter now and then
The only sound cards i know of that has optical is the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro and the newer Creative Sound Blaster Z series

And i got a ton of those air traffic controller jokes i can post them if you want
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I would use HDMI for movies and a quality sound card or DAC for music. What do you mean by bleak sounding? Do you have a 5.1 setup or just 4.0?
 
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it's 7.1 system, and has HDMI. But when i use the HDMI for sound through the computer, I don't have channel level control, and the depth of the movie sound is just mediocre.

When i use the optical cord, it seems to sound much better. Even though it is simulated dolby, or dts.

Would it be something in windows, or another software issue?
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post #7 of 15
Usually surround systems don't have different speakers all over except of course the center and the sub. Your receiver should still have a per-channel dB control. A lossless track is going to be more dynamic than your lossy variety.
 
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/HT-Omega-Striker-7-1-PCI-sound-card-/281083755966?pt=US_Sound_Cards_Internal_&hash=item4171e5bdbe

This card is discontinued on newegg, but it is still a great sound card that can use dolby digital live and DTS through the optical out.

I would NOT use HDMI. It is such and utter pain to use.
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Quote:
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And i got a ton of those air traffic controller jokes i can post them if you want

Could you PM me some, I also find them hilarious thumb.gif
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Going away from HDMI defeats the purpose of a 7.1 system. Maybe you're just too used to how 5.1 lossy crap sounds.
 
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