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I was just wondering, first if there's a noticeable difference in sound quality from the analog plugs to an optical cable on my Z-5500 speakers. I'm building another rig, so i was thinking about just throwing my current card in there and getting something with optical out.

If optical is indeed better, what sound card should i look at? The only "good" card i can find with optical out is the X-fi titanium, and i've heard that card doesn't really sound all that great. Don't really care about price, would like EAX 5 for my games.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156005

It's better, most people use it if they got it. I'd say its noticeable, but not night and day.
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So what do you do there? Use the coax? I thought the digital cable was the little squarish looking one?
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Auzentech X-Fi Prelude has both optical in and out, I've got my PS3 hooked upto my soundcard though optical in, and playing though my speakers, works great
     
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Ah ok. So i guess it goes into the coax in on the Z-5500's?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102020

Not amazing considering its USB, however im going to be using this after crimbo on my new Amp setup.
Damn laptop lol.

Word to the wise, dont buy a laptop for uni, u wont take it to lectures **face palm**
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