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post #1 of 9
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This is where I'm confused...
I have sound cards in all of my computers and I lover the, but the output are computer speakers that use analog inputs.

I'll be using digital audio for my HTPC when playing movies. Optical for my Z-5500s in the mean time and eventually HDMI over my Nvidia GPU later on to a receiver.

Would a sound card really benefit me in this area if the sound is already Dolby DTS HD and the receiver decodes that anyway?
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I think whether or not you benefit depends on the quality of the onboard sound and the features it supports. Onboard sound is now getting better and some of the more recent z87 mobos have pretty good sound solutions. Personally I plan to use those and not get an additional card.
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Originally Posted by dihartnell View Post

I think whether or not you benefit depends on the quality of the onboard sound and the features it supports. Onboard sound is now getting better and some of the more recent z87 mobos have pretty good sound solutions. Personally I plan to use those and not get an additional card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157384
This is the motherboard I got, for movies I plan to use the optical, then for normal sound like Youtube and Skype, I'd use the analog to my basic 2.1 set.
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That mobo has an older sound chipset but will be ok. Here is the sound system I plan to pair mine up with http://us.onkyo.com/Products/model.php?m=HTX-22HDX&class=Systems&source=prodClass

I particularly like it because it has an optical input as well as 3 HDMI 1.4 inputs so I can connect everything to it. You can also get the extra speaker package and upgrade it to 5.1 at a later time.
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If you are not going to use analog audio of the soundcard, then the only benefit it would give is DDL/DTS encoding that some mobos may not have (normal optical can only output 2.0 sound without DDL/DTS).
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post #6 of 9
If you have a digital coax audio output on the motherboard, or HDMI from the GPU/iGPU, then you have no need for a sound card at all. Basically, the receiver is your DAC regardless of the source, so just use a method (connection) capable of PCM and you are going to get as good of sound as possible.
   
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As long as you're sending your audio to a decent receiver and NOT the Z-5500 primarily, you don't need a soundcard.
    
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As stated before, your receiver is the main issue here on sound quality, if you're using one. If you aren't using a receiver, the benefit of a sound card would be it having a better DAC = better processing/better sound. But if you are just piping it straight into TV speakers, then you probably are not going to hear much of a difference with a better DAC/Soundcard anyways.

Hope this helps you decide. thumb.gif

I'm tired, looks like you already know this.
Edited by xstarscream - 7/22/13 at 12:18am
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Optical to your z5500s no it won't help bad speakers sound any less bad other than eq`ing things a bit. HDMI to a reciever, no a sound card won't really help out much there either unless you're dumping a lot of money into audio.

Overall a digital signal is a digital signal. So no a sound card isn't going to help other than giving you software sound enhancements which are usually pretty overrated with proper equipment.
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