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You know, when I saw the thread title with a "", I had a feeling it was going to be you, SadSoul.
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although if you are using a non- gtx 460 then this would be one of the only ways to get hd audio I suppose
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I had a Prelude myself, with upgraded opamps. Honestly, I've compared several Xonar cards and I prefer the Auzentech's through my AKG 701's over the Asus offerings. Sound is a subjective thing though, all about personal tastes.

As for everyone recommending you upgrade from the Z-5500's. I agree wholeheartedly.

Edit: Congrats on your 1st audiophile card
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 4/6/11 at 12:00am
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post #34 of 111
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post
Even with an htpc it doesn't make sense...you can get a cheap ati card that will do bitstream hd audio just fine

And unless I'm missing something this will not do HD audio formats except through the hdmi output.
Ur missing something
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it says it requires an hdmi receiver to play hd audio formats...
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post
it says it requires an hdmi receiver to play hd audio formats...
No. You can use the analogue outputs direct to speakers an get HD full res audio.
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No. You can use the analogue outputs direct to speakers an get HD full res audio.
Unless you plan on upgrading the z5500 you've wasted a bit of money because you're really not going to hear much of a difference on those speakers. However I'm sure you're well aware of this.
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No. You can use the analogue outputs direct to speakers an get HD full res audio.
Indeed. Nice card man. Wanting to get myself a good sound card for a while now, but I need good speakers. Any opinions on what is better than the Z5500, or what someone should get other than that?
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Indeed. Nice card man. Wanting to get myself a good sound card for a while now, but I need good speakers. Any opinions on what is better than the Z5500, or what someone should get other than that?
Wonder if Corsair will put out some 5.1 speakers?
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No. You can use the analogue outputs direct to speakers an get HD full res audio.
I am trying to be happy sad man, but I can't find that it claims that anywhere. It would seem to me that if it could it would be what all their marketing on it would be based around as that has been a sore point of contention around the HD audio formats is that you could only get them via signal from hdmi

Copied form the product page

"Minimum System Requirements for Blu-ray HD audio playback

One DVI/HDMI graphic output
Blu-ray ROM
HDMI-ready AV receiver or TV/Monitor set, home theater system, powered analog speakers."

I have looked over many reviews and such.

This page being one of them http://forum.ncixus.com/forums/index...&overclockid=0

Certainly you can do normal DTS or DD 5.1/7.1 over the analogue outputs but in order to get DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD bitstreamed you have to use the HDMI output.

If you can direct me to something else stating otherwise I would be happy to see it. Being able to bypass a receiver entirely and just use dedicated amplifiers would be a nice option to have.
Edited by trulsrohk - 4/6/11 at 12:47am
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