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Old Aug 5, 2004, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default Sound card that supports dolby digital 5.1 Surround sound?

Are there any? I've got a reciever that supports it, with RCA and optical inputs, but I don't seem to get true surround sound out of my computer. Any suggestions?
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Old Aug 5, 2004, 08:27 AM   #2
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if you mean dolby digital live, only solutions I'm aware of is nvidia SS (hardware), and Intel (software). both are onboard only.
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Old Aug 5, 2004, 10:43 AM   #3
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from my understanding of your post you want either:

a) a card that can passthrough a DD\DTS stream to a receiver (ex. watching a dvd)

b) a card that can encode any sound played in the computer in a DD stream

if a is true, any card with digital inputs and outputs should be able to do that.

if b is true, like seeker010 said, you need a nforce 2 chipset with soundstorm and use DICE (athlonxp camp), or a 9x5 intel chipset with azalia sound and use DD live (p4 lga775 camp). if you have a socket 478 P4 or athlon64 you can't do it. (nforce4 is rumored to bring soundstorm back to the A64 by Q4 2004 tho)

[edit] remember that for you to have 5.1 surround, the source of the sound has to output it first, or have a DD prologic II decoder in your reciever.
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