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I stopped using my USB headset because it pooped and I got out an old set of Altec Lansing 221 speakers and sub audio system and decided to use it.

I currently have a 770 that outputs via HDMI to my HDTV which itself has a 3.5mm audio output.
(EVGA GTX 770 -HDMI-> Hitachi LE22S314 -3.5mm-> Speakers)

My rig also has onboard audio, however it is not at all top quality and in no way close to a dedicated audio solution.
The board is an MSI B75MA-P45 and apparently it has a chipset that has Realtek ALC887, which I would then plug my speakers into via 3.5mm.
(Mobo -3.5mm-> Speakers)

Also: Speakers from onboard can reach 24bit @ 192kHz while the TV takes HDMI audio up to 24 bit @ 48 kHz.


Which one is better? Without considering anything else, are the NVIDIA HD Audio dirvers better than Realtek ALC887s?
Is there even a difference that is large enough to worry about?

I'm not an audophile or anything like that, just trying to get the bestish outta mah setup.


Thanks in advance for answers!



TL;DR: NVIDIA HD Audio drivers or Realtek ALC887 onboard drivers?
Edited by ONLYUSEmeAZN - 8/25/13 at 3:50pm
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Since you don't have a receiver I'd say us the on board
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When you send audio out through the HDMI, you are letting whatever you send it to do the processing of the audio whereas if you plug into the sound card, the sound card is doing the processing. The question here is pretty much: which is better the onboard sound card or the dac in the TV? They are both low end components and it won't make much of a difference. I'd recommend you pick whatever setup either a) has less cables and/or b) is easier to manage volume-wise.
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When you send audio out through the HDMI, you are letting whatever you send it to do the processing of the audio whereas if you plug into the sound card, the sound card is doing the processing. The question here is pretty much: which is better the onboard sound card or the dac in the TV? They are both low end components and it won't make much of a difference. I'd recommend you pick whatever setup either a) has less cables and/or b) is easier to manage volume-wise.

I have been bothering with the same problem for quite a few months now.

I have a HT SONY DAV-DZ810W which is closing its 6years of going strong(touches wood). Its been always been fed with Optical from my PC's and PS3.

But a couple years ago I read that I was mistakenly thought that Optical/SPDIF carries 5.1 sound. Which actually as most audio experts know, its not correct. Except Dolby/DTS 5.1 ofc..

So would be better to use my GPU Audio(GTX 780 HDMI-->Sony HT) and use a DVI for the HDTV connection? Not much as sound quality but to get 5.1 sound in all cases when I play the appropriate content(games, movies etc.).
Edited by Koniakki - 9/19/13 at 10:16am
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So would be better to use my GPU Audio(GTX 780 HDMI-->Sony HT) and use a DVI for the HDTV connection? Not much as sound quality but to get 5.1 sound in all cases when I play the appropriate content(games, movies etc.).

Yes, or just run another HDMI from receiver to TV like usual.
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Yes, or just run another HDMI from receiver to TV like usual.

My Sony DAV-DZ810W has only 1 HDMI in and one Optical/SPDIF for sound.
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