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How should I go about using my 5.1 home theater with my PC?

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Hi, I've been considering using my HT as my computer's primary sound device, but the only way to connect my computer to the HT would be through a digital optical audio cable. To do this I'd have to buy a new soundcard that had a optical audio out, but I've heard in many places that the 5.1 wouldn't work efficiently, or rather, I'd get only a stereo output. As I understand it, this has something to do with the Dolby Digital encoding, but since I am absolutely ignorant on this subject, I thought it would be wise to ask someone who knew about this to help me choose what soundcard I should get for it to work properly, or even just to know if it's worth the investment.

Any tips you could give me would be greatly appreciated! biggrin.gif
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You can buy a sound card that encodes 6-channel Windows sound into DD 5.1. I did this with my old ASUS Xonar D2X. Regular Windows sound will be stereo, but any program that lets you select normal 5.1 (mostly games without the DD license) will output in 5.1 as if you were using analog cables.
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Awesome! Thanks for the quick reply! thumb.gif

So... What happens with programs that do have the DD license, though?
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I believe Windows will switch to DD 5.1 pass-through for those. I don't have a ton of experience with that. I do know the sound cards with DD Live encoding do it seemlessly.
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