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Originally Posted by _CH_Skyline_ View Post

Picked up a Sony STRDH520 7.1 Receiver last night, so my audio setup now is:
Maximus IV Extreme Optical Out -> STRDH520 -> Sony SS-B3000's (FR, FL), Sony SS-B1000's (SR, SL), Sony SS-CN5000 (Center), Sony SA-W2500 (Subwoofer).
I don't have any room with Tri-SLi for a soundcard and I don't see any true Quad-SLi boards that will let me run one once I grab the last GTX580, so I guess I'm stuck with the onboard optical.
The Sherwood RD-5405 that I was running previously was only 70W per channel and 6 Ohm. The STRDH520 finally allows my SS-B3000's to flourish, since it's 8 Ohm and 100W per channel. I can hear so much more now that they are not underpowered!!! I used to have the Sherwood volume up to 50-60 for comfortable 'loud-ish' listening, but with the Sony it only needs to go to 25-30, max!

A soundcard won't make any difference, the only change I would suggest is running HDMI from one of the video cards cards to the receiver for HD surround sound codecs. The sound processing is done by your receiver, not your onboard audio, getting a soundcard would be a waste of money as all it will do is pass the audio signal to the receiver to be processed.
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Originally Posted by tUDJ View Post

A soundcard won't make any difference, the only change I would suggest is running HDMI from one of the video cards cards to the receiver for HD surround sound codecs. The sound processing is done by your receiver, not your onboard audio, getting a soundcard would be a waste of money as all it will do is pass the audio signal to the receiver to be processed.

Good to know, I won't worry about it then. I can try hooking up an HDMI cable to one of my cards, I don't know if that'll mess with my SLi though. I'll look into it tonight.

EDIT: Am I not already getting HD codecs from the optical out? I've watched some movies with 5.1 at least. I'm still learning about the audio side of things. smile.gif
Edited by _CH_Skyline_ - 1/26/12 at 6:54am
 
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no. optical is limited to 2ch pcm and lossy surround codecs like dolby digital/dts. to get dolby truehd or dts hd master audio you need to be using hdmi. i'm too lazy to look up your current receiver but if it's not that old it should decode hd audio.
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Originally Posted by gorb View Post

no. optical is limited to 2ch pcm and lossy surround codecs like dolby digital/dts. to get dolby truehd or dts hd master audio you need to be using hdmi. i'm too lazy to look up your current receiver but if it's not that old it should decode hd audio.

This is good, I didn't realize this! Thank you Gorb. Now I have a more complicated (possibly) question/issue, which I've attempted to explain and inquire about here. Also, my STR-DH520 does do Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. thumb.gif
Edited by _CH_Skyline_ - 1/26/12 at 8:23am
 
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2 Polk Audio M10s and a Sub 80
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JLab J6 Earbuds + iPod

For someone who does a lot of time working with audio equipment, Its a pretty modest setup, but Im satisfied for now.
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