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It is better for headphone use, equal in direct analog.

Using your video card as a sound card has many advantages:
  • No driver control panel, will not slow down slower (or low memory) systems.
  • It can set itself to use all the surround formats and sampling rates compatible with your receiver.
  • Only 1 cable to run both audio and video.
  • Sounds awesome.
  • Eliminates the need to purchase a sound card.

I decided to post it because I am sure some people are not aware you can do that.

BTW: I updated the first post to have quicker access to all parts of my guide. More to come so stay tuned

DiSADVANTAGE :
- for who that don't have receiver / or something like that, it'll cost more more more.....lol
Edited by sugiik - 2/5/10 at 10:34pm
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DiSADVANTAGE :
- for who that don't have receiver / or something like that, i'll cost more more more.....lol
LOL very true.

Another disadvantage is you really have no other way to output sound, so if you have nothing with HDMI inputs, you obviously can't use it. You can use SPDIF and hook it into sound devices, but that kind of defeats the purpose.

But you can also output sound to TV then to a home audio system or even a boom box.
     
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Small little update

I found out that only ATI cards have this built in sound, Nvidia does not. So my above "trick" only works with ATI cards.

More to come, probably going to add more guide content tonight. I hope a lot of people find this guide useful.
     
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Small little update

I found out that only ATI cards have this built in sound, Nvidia does not. So my above "trick" only works with ATI cards.

More to come, probably going to add more guide content tonight. I hope a lot of people find this guide useful.
i think all vga that have sound output support/spdif feature can do that...for doing pass trough for pc sound.... isn't it ?
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All Polk Audio with a 5.1 setup
Fronts: 2x Monitor 70
Center: 1x CS2
Surround: 2x Monitor 30
Subwoofer: 1x DSW 400
Crossover is set at 80.

Ric great guide so far, good job. I'm curious to see what you have to say about the Original XFi Extreme Music.

A small detail, yet I think it will make your guide more complete and easier to read, you need to give labels to values and try not to abbreviate except for established abbreviations like mm, cm, and so on.
With your crossover, I assume you mean Hz, but a number without a label is meaningless. For all I know it's just a number on the speaker itself or on a preamp, etc. Same with the speaker size.

Don't let people assume what you're trying to say.
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Thanks, didn't even think to update my audio drivers. keep up to date with video drivers on a weekly basis. Just set my sound to 24bit, 48000hz.
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Digital vs. Analog: Which to use? (update 5/31/2010)
It has been ages since I did a post here, so here is a little bit of information on whether or not to use the analog or digital output of your sound card or motherboard audio.

Unless the sound source is actually in 5.1 (or 7.1 sound), you will get all channels filled in whether you are using Analog or digital (Coax or Toslink).

Your home theater system has surround sound DSP's built in. These DSP's essentially take a 2.0 audio source and make it so sound comes out of all channels (whether it be 5.1, 7.1, 4.0, etc.)

When you are not using the analog connections from a sound card (or built in motherboard audio like you are using) you are actually not even using the sound card (I will explain) or sound device.

When you use digital Coax or Toslink connections, you actually bypass the hardware of the sound device and send the signal to a built in DAC that is in your home theater system. If you have a modern, higher end model for your receiver you may get really good sound because the built in DAC can be as good or better than the one that is on-board your sound device.

So, in layman's terms you will not be losing anything, rather you will be taking advantage of the built in DAC of your receiver. You might want to check and see which sounds better, the analog or digital connection and stick with that. Either way sound will come out of all speakers. Your sound card and source material must be true 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 encoded and capable in order to hear true surround sound. Still, the DSP in your receiver will upmix the 2.0 sound to 5.1 (6.1, 7.1 depending).

One good thing is certain sound cards can only encode and output Dolby Digital Live (or DTS) sound using a digital connection. All Sound Blaster X-fi based cards are like that. Still, in almost all cases analog is better. If you have a $200.00 sound card and are using digital, you are defeating the point of having a sound card in the first place.
     
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One good thing is certain sound cards can only encode and output Dolby Digital Live (or DTS) sound using a digital connection. All Sound Blaster X-fi based cards are like that. Still, in almost all cases analog is better. If you have a $200.00 sound card and are using digital, you are defeating the point of having a sound card in the first place.
Are you saying that X-Fi can't put out a digital signal that isn't encoded in DD/DTS? If so, that's not true as I use the digital output on my Xtrememusic with no issues.

Soundcards still process the sound signal when using the digital output; EAX, EQ etc are still applied.

There's some great info in this thread, keep up the good work
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Very informative !
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