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Do I need a sound card if I am connecting my rig to an Onkyo receiver via toslink cable

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I've been hearing a lot of talk about how 3rd party sound cards really make a difference in gaming, but I don't know if would see any benefit of getting one since I am connecting my rig to an Onkyo receiver via toslink/optical audio cable.

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 6
There is a difference. A gaming sound card does different processing compare to a receiver. If you want the effect the gaming sound card gives you like enhanced positioning then you might need to get one.
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post #3 of 6
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These are the games that I play:

Assassin's creed (all of them)
Skyrim
Oblivion
Alice Maddess Returns
batman arkham games
Just cause 2
Dragon Age

I mostly play action and single player rpg games. I am not really into FPS or MMORPGs
post #4 of 6
I believe the receiver is doing all of the processing of the digital signal. A sound card may help, but with a purely digital signal I'm a little skeptical.
post #5 of 6
No, you don't. Digital is digital.

With the only exception being, if you use your receiver with headphones, and want to use something like CMSS-3D to emulate surround sound in your headphones.
Edited by zalbard - 5/12/13 at 11:09am
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Thanks everyone!
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