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Need A Card with Optical Out For Music Only

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I could care less about a card with 5.1 output as the only sole reason I need a card is so that I can listen to my flac files and my 320's on my real audio system.

I need optical out to connect to my Denon pre-amp and I have a Asus P5n-Sli board with onboard sound.

My old ancient creative card which I had on my old Pent III board sounded better than what I currently have.

I guess I will need a pci express card for this purpose??

I am afraid of Creative with their driver problems for Vista but, if there is a card that would work for my musical only applications I would be open to another Creative card.

By the way I am running Vista Ullt 64 if this makes a difference.
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post #2 of 4
Why only PCI-E? Budget? Most cards will serve as decent digital transports. The Chaintech AV-710 is a great budget card, as is the Xonar DX if you want a PCI-E card.
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I do not have to have pci express I am open to any card that sounds good. I do not want to have to pay more than 100 bucks though.

I could not find any of the previous two cards that you mentioned that were in stock.

How about this card? any good??
http://us.creative.com/products/prod...ct=16770&nav=0
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post #4 of 4
It might be OK, but there's a good chance that you won't have DTS/DDL among other features with Vista with that card.

The Chaintech AV710 can be found on eBay for about $40, and the Xonar DX here, it is also on new egg, but it is $20 more.
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