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Do better soundcards produce better sound only when using optical for ddl or dts

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Hi,
I have creative x-fi titanum that i use for 5.1 using ddl or dts encoding when using optical out.

If i was to get a better/newer card would t give better sound when using optcal out or does it only affect analogue connections ?

Thankyou for any info you can give me.
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You are using the optical out, which is digital, so there is no use for a soundcard as the external device do the conversion job.
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The only way to get multichannel sound over optical or coax (SPDIF) is with DDL or DTS:Connect, which most motherboard solutions don't support.  So you would need a soundcard for optical out for anything that wasn't already encoded in DD or DTS (like movies).  However, it is true that a better soundcard isn't going to do much for you. 

 

Your best bet is to use the HDMI on the GTX 670, if you are running to a receiver that supports HDMI.  That doesn't require the compression that DDL or DTS uses to put 5.1 over SPDIF.

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Thankyou for your advice guys, it's saved me some money smile.gif
I do have a reciever that has hdmi in and out but i never use it as it's another link in the chan and i lke the lowest input lag i can get with what i have wink.gif
My tv does have arc so i could pass the sound back throgh that to my reciever

Usng Samsung ps51e8000
Yamaha rx-v373
Monitor Audio mass 5.1 speakers

I have great speakers so was looking for ways to possibly get better sound from somewhere
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