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So here's the dealio...

I went from an X58A-UD3R to the Asus P8P67 Pro which unfortunately does not have onboard dolby digital support. I have my pc plugged into an AIWA NSX DS55 sound system which is 5.1 via dolby digital etc. At this point I am left with 2 options and a 3rd which I am not sure will work but maybe someone can help.

Option 1 is to get a sound card with optical out which supports dolby digital to allow all of my speakers to work correctly.

Option 2 is to find a sound card which has RCA outs for all 5 satellite speakers and subwoofer to use and cut out the receiver on the AIWA sound system itself. I like this because it would save me some power but I am not sure how the speakers will sound without the AIWA amp unit.

Option 3, which I am not sure can work with this board, is to get 3.5mm to RCA adapters for the speakers and use them via the multiple output jacks on the board itself, however I do not know if a configuration like this is doable via the realtek software as far as setting which ports for which channels etc.
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i have an interest in this also
I am thinking of purchasing a


I either want to use my x-fi to my Sony bdv-e570

I just don't have a mono digital cord

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I'll vote for Soundcard > Optical > Speakers
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You'll need the amp. the RCA outputs from either your motherboard or 3rd party sound card don't have the power to actually push speakers, just send the audio signal. I mean, you'd probably be able to hear the sound, but it would most likely just sound like it's playing through some headphones laying on your desk.

I would either get the sound card with an optical line out or get the coax to optical adapter mentioned in the above post. Monoprice also should have that adapter.

If you want to save power, rather than buying a sound card why not buy a good surround headset? These look pretty good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826158092
Edited by veritas-truth - 3/18/11 at 9:53pm
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You'll need the amp. the RCA outputs from either your motherboard or 3rd party sound card don't have the power to actually push speakers, just send the audio signal. I mean, you'd probably be able to hear the sound, but it would most likely just sound like it's playing through some headphones laying on your desk.

I would either get the sound card with an optical line out or get the coax to optical adapter mentioned in the above post. Monoprice also should have that adapter.

If you want to save power, rather than buying a sound card why not buy a good surround headset? These look pretty good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826158092
Those are really bad.

Best thing to do is Sound card with dolby digital. The RCA to 1/4 adapter works as well.

Do you really need Dolby Digital Live though?
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You'll need the amp. the RCA outputs from either your motherboard or 3rd party sound card don't have the power to actually push speakers, just send the audio signal. I mean, you'd probably be able to hear the sound, but it would most likely just sound like it's playing through some headphones laying on your desk.

I would either get the sound card with an optical line out or get the coax to optical adapter mentioned in the above post. Monoprice also should have that adapter.

If you want to save power, rather than buying a sound card why not buy a good surround headset? These look pretty good

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826158092
He is using a shelf system so it already have the Amp.

IDK what's the problem with the 3.5 to RCA. Just plug the 3.5 to the green jack then the red and white on the Shelf system. Even though you output a stereo to the shelf system, It will be converted to Dolby because the shelf system has the decoder.

The speakers will not work if you plug them directly to the motherboard. It will but you will hear a very very low sound.

You also have Optical out on you MoBo. What's the problem?
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Option 2 is to find a sound card which has RCA outs for all 5 satellite speakers and subwoofer to use and cut out the receiver on the AIWA sound system itself. I like this because it would save me some power but I am not sure how the speakers will sound without the AIWA amp unit.

Option 3, which I am not sure can work with this board, is to get 3.5mm to RCA adapters for the speakers and use them via the multiple output jacks on the board itself, however I do not know if a configuration like this is doable via the realtek software as far as setting which ports for which channels etc.
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He is using a shelf system so it already have the Amp.

IDK what's the problem with the 3.5 to RCA. Just plug the 3.5 to the green jack then the red and white on the Shelf system. Even though you output a stereo to the shelf system, It will be converted to Dolby because the shelf system has the decoder.

The speakers will not work if you plug them directly to the motherboard. It will but you will hear a very very low sound.

You also have Optical out on you MoBo. What's the problem?
He said in option 2 and 3 he was wondering if running straight from the motherboard or soundcard to the speakers would work (not using the amp), which is why I said "you need the amp"; you even acknowledge that in the last half of your post. Did you even completely read his or my post? Don't comment if you didn't fully read and comprehend what you're commenting on. /rant
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Those are really bad.

Best thing to do is Sound card with dolby digital. The RCA to 1/4 adapter works as well.

Do you really need Dolby Digital Live though?
Why is that headset bad? I was debating on getting one in the future; the reviews look ok but i haven't done much more research on them.

But someone else pissed me off a little so I'm also gonna have to rant a little on your post lol

RCA to 1/4 inch would be useless. 1/4 inch is mainly used by musical instruments and studio headphones. It's 3.5mm adapter you're thinking about which is also referred to as 1/8 inch which is the standard size for normal headphones and line level inputs in consumer electronics.

I know it was probably an oversight, but like I said, someone else pissed me off a little lol
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He said in option 2 and 3 he was wondering if running straight from the motherboard or soundcard to the speakers would work (not using the amp), which is why I said "you need the amp"; you even acknowledge that in the last half of your post. Did you even completely read his or my post? Don't comment if you didn't fully read and comprehend what you're commenting on. /rant


I think It's better if I say it myself.
And yeah, The headphones are bad. as in a bad idea. You're tryna escape from the problem and get an easy fix. It's like the car broke down and you suggest to buy a horse to tow the car around so the car can still be used. Instead of going to the mechanic to fix the problem.
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I don't like headsets because my girlfriend likes to talk to me while im on the pc so i'd rather have the speakers working. Also for movies that we both watch, speakers are needed.

The reason I need dolby digital live is because that is what the system can output and decode. The problem with using the RCA to the system is that the inputs on the AIWA system are either optical or left/right RCA for stereo only, i.e. simulated surround. For true surround and for the subwoofer to work properly you need dolby live via a digital optical signal.

The reason I ask about the direct plugs into the motherboard are that the subwoofer has it's own powersource so the sound from the speakers would be the only issue. Actually, I would have to use the AIWA deck because the front right and lefts arent RCA, theyre standard speaker wires.

Edit: Theoretically I can run the stereo front left/right through the aiwa and then run the sub, center, rear left/right through the motherboard. Hmmmmmmmmm.
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