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So im in the market for a audio for my PC. As I am still using stock on my P6X58D Premium board through digital Optical to my Onkyo 515 Amplifier. I was playing around with windows settings to try to get the best i could out of it, till i notice windows wouldn't allow me to run in 192khz or anything above 2 channel audio.

Currently running Encoded Formats
- DTS Audio
- Dolby Digital

Sample rates
- 44.1
- 48.0
- 96.0

Default Format 2 Channel, 24 Bit, 96000 HZ (studio Quality)

Won't allow me to change anything else not even in the Realtek HD Audio settings. Budget is per say $300 CAD.
Thanks in Advance for any much needed advice in the audio department, I am Oblivious to whats good and what is not.

P.S. Also have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD500 and all music is in FLAC format.
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post #2 of 5
Music is meant to be played on 44.1kHz if the files are recorded at that quality (CD quality)...
Optical can't output 5.1 sound without DTS encoding. Your mobo only has DTS support, not DDL.

But as you also have headphones you can get a soundcard. Otherwise it would be a waste.
But if you run the headphones from the receiver, it's still a waste though.

So get a soundcard only if you are going to use the analog outputs of the soundcard (the 3.5mm and/or 6.3mm and/or RCA jacks).
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Looking at a new one because the onboard one is dying. Only putting audio out the left side.
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Remember, your reciever is basically a giant, high quality sound card. Unless your receiver can't handle headphones, any sound card would be useless.

Try running HDMI to the reciever, that should let you output 8 uncompressed channels.
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Ya it did thanks, took me a while to figure out how to run it through my tv to the amp. From Pc to amp but its running fine now thanks.
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