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getting 7.1 with Astro A40

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Got me some Astro a40's and am confused on how to get their full potential. I have the optical cable hooked up to the optical on my motherboard (Gigabyte UD5H) but I only am not sure it is working properly. The sound doesn't seem to be as loud as it could either. I have to turn it all the way up to be loud. Am I needing a sound card or what? If so which card could get me the Dolby Digital that this headset offers? Thanks for any help.
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I just picked up a SoundBlaster Z and I'm using it with a X41 headset that also is used with Optical for Dolby Digital Live.
I was using at first with motherboard audio and let me tell you that the SoundBlaster Z made a huge difference in the volume level....

I also felt the same way with onboard audio, sounded kind of low in volume, no matter if i had headset at 100% volume...
The Z made me have to be careful with the volume before putting the headset on...
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I just picked up a SoundBlaster Z and I'm using it with a X41 headset that also is used with Optical for Dolby Digital Live.
I was using at first with motherboard audio and let me tell you that the SoundBlaster Z made a huge difference in the volume level....

I also felt the same way with onboard audio, sounded kind of low in volume, no matter if i had headset at 100% volume...
The Z made me have to be careful with the volume before putting the headset on...

I have actually been looking into the Sound Blaster Z because thatsbwhat my local Best Buy carries. Hopefully that will do the
trick . Thanks
Christine
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Yeah, you should be able to find for about$100
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