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Recommendation for a sound card.

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Ok, due to issues I've had getting 5.1 for games etc through either Coax or Optical (SP/DIF) out from the onboard Realtek HD to my Sony home theatre system, I've decided to fork out for a semi-decent sound card and see if that makes a difference (under Vista mind you, which I believe has a host of 5.1 issues anyway).

 

So - what can you recommend from the list here - http://www.cpl.net.au/ (I chose this place only cause I have a $30 voucher for there to help take the burden off the price).

 

Want 5.1, good quality audio for games and movies through my PC, going into the setup detailed here - http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=3421 (and no, I haven't been able to get 5.1 using Coax, Optical or updating Realtek HD drivers, or fucking around in Vista... Just. Won't. Happen).

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In regards to the whole SPDIF probs, if you have one, try disabling the HDMI component in Vista, fixed my all my problems.

Soundcard, the Xonar DX is really quite good.

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Are you able to tell the difference between onboard 5.1 sound (have a GA-DS3R) and an additional one like the Xonar DX?

 

What is the cheapest vista compatible sound card? PCI or PCIe?

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I have that mobo and it took ages to sort it out.

 

Basically the azalia codec doesn't output 5.1 through optical/coax, only through analogue. To get 5.1 with movies you need a media player that uses it's own codecs. (such as PowerDVD)

 

As for games, there is no way to get 5.1 through the digital output:(

 

A bit of a half done sound output if you ask me.

 

 

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherb...;ProductID=2639

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