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DD-Live or DTS Connect will convert the 5.1 from windows into a DD or DTS stream for the receiver to pick up.


Only High end Receiver's these days have them. Like that Yamaha Advantage receiver I posted. Otherwise it was a common feature on old receivers before HDMI became available. Can pick up high end receivers that are about a decade old for around $100, and they have high quality amps. That is what I did, my HTR-5790 is top notch.

In all your posts you have pretty much summed up why I went with a higher end 2.1 setup instead of trying to make 5.1 work in my office. Gaming is always better on headphones with the current technology out.

If you only have one space ditch the soundcard. use HDMI and buy the best receiver you can afford.
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In all your posts you have pretty much summed up why I went with a higher end 2.1 setup instead of trying to make 5.1 work in my office. Gaming is always better on headphones with the current technology out.

If you only have one space ditch the soundcard. use HDMI and buy the best receiver you can afford.

My Problem is I could just never get into wearing headphones, even though I picked up a nice pair. I have them connected 24/7, but they just don't sound as good as my Elac B6's. I guess I like the sound of speakers playing in a open room, than enclose on your ears. Though headphones are great when it is 2am, and you don't want to disturb anyone (closed back headphones).

I love surround sound in my games, especially multi-player games. And Movies it is a must, granted I rarely watch movies from my PC. Really anything that has native surround, I enjoy it. Music is in Stereo, so I listen in stereo. Speaker Placement and room IMO are the biggest problem for most people. I have a decent sized office, so speaker placement and room was not a problem for me. I went for the high end 4.1 setup, and loving it. Center Channel would be nice for games, I just don't have the room for it. My Creative-z Mixes the center into the front speakers nicely though.
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does you sound card have the analog jacks on it? Instead of using hdmi or optical link?



This way you can just plug into a receiver and let your soundcard do the processing.

Okay so first thank you all for helping out . Just to let you know here are the details about the built in sound card on the my motherboard.

Asus Rampage V extreme does the following

ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ELNA premium audio capacitors
Audio Feature :
– Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
DTS Connect
Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
– Sonic SoundStage
– Sonic SenseAmp
– Sonic Studio
– Sonic Radar II




If it does only 5.1 or 7.1 It not a massive matter . End of the day its just the front room that will be used for my PC/TV/Music set up.

With a bluetooth/network enabled input for mobile devices either build in from the main amp or using a BT/NetW receiver addon .
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Okay so first thank you all for helping out . Just to let you know here are the details about the built in sound card on the my motherboard.

Asus Rampage V extreme does the following

ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
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– Sonic SoundStage
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– Sonic Studio
– Sonic Radar II




If it does only 5.1 or 7.1 It not a massive matter . End of the day its just the front room that will be used for my PC/TV/Music set up.

With a bluetooth/network enabled input for mobile devices either build in from the main amp or using a BT/NetW receiver addon .

We no need to get a sound card then if your mobo supports DTS Connect.

IMO I would do that with 5.1, and use Zone 2 with your TV for a 2.0 setup (or 2.1 if you use a sub with high level inputs)
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Yeah sounds good !

How is the bluetooth on these things ?
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So I've found these two - Ideally the cheaper the better while still having. The Yamaha ones you send don't have the 5.1 AUX input from the motherboard I'm afraid.
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1 Input
  • HDMI for the TV
  • Maybe wireless


Marantz NR1506 Slim Design Network AV Receiver £353

Denon AVRX3100W Wireless Networked 4K Home Cinema Receiver £399
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Actually I could just get a normal stereo with without networking cheaper then use a NFC/BlueTooth receiver plugged into the stereo ..
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So I've found these two - Ideally the cheaper the better while still having. The Yamaha ones you send don't have the 5.1 AUX input from the motherboard I'm afraid.
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.1 Input
  • HDMI for the TV
  • Maybe wireless


Marantz NR1506 Slim Design Network AV Receiver £353

Denon AVRX3100W Wireless Networked 4K Home Cinema Receiver £399


Those done have 5.1 analog inputs either. That yamaha vantage I liked does though.

Also remember those slim receivers will be lacking on the power side. But still should be fine.
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Issue is they don't them in the UK and the only ones that are on sale are around £1000 !

Found this though

Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 Black/Titanium
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Issue is they don't them in the UK and the only ones that are on sale are around £1000 !

Found this though

Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 Black/Titanium


Yeah that doesn't have multichannel either. Best to stick with 5.1 via optical in your case. Otherwise you will be looking at a expensive receiver if you are stuck to the European market.

Plus the dac in a higher end receiver will be better than the on board.
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Elac B6 & Dayton Audio SUB-800 Yamaha HTR-5790 Audio Technica ATH-A700 headphones 
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Q9550 @ 4GHZ Gigabyte EP45 UD3P GTX470 4GB OCZ Reaper 1150mhz 
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Western Digital Blue 500gb OCZ Vertex 2 60GB LG Bluray Corsair H50 
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Windows 7 Home Premium  Logitech K400 Corsair CX500 nMEDIAPC 6000B 
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Yamaha HTR-5063 PS3 80GB BC PS3 with 250GB hard drive. Polk Audio Monitor 60s Bi-AMP Front Polk Audio Monitor 30s Rear 
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Polk Audio CS1 Center Polk Audio PSW10 
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Xeon Harpertown 3.6ghz Asus P5Q SE/R HD7770 4GB DDR2 800mhz Corsair 
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5TB Toshiba 5TB Toshiba 5TB Toshiba 2TB Hitachi 
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2TB Seagate 2TB Western Digital 1TB Hitachi Windows Home Server 2011 
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Corsair CX500 
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