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July 5, 2013 7:40:29 PM

Hello!

I recently bought a 60" plasma that I would like to start using with my PC to play games through. I use an HDMI for the display and an S/PDIF wire for audio.

The S/PDIF wire is hooked up to a receiver that is wired to a 5.1 surround sound setup.

Now, whenever I hook up my S/PDIF to the receiver, I can only play games in stereo! I am looking for a sound card that will let me utilize my home theater and get true 5.1 audio while gaming.

I was looking at this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Please help! Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!:pt1cable: 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 7:50:53 PM

1. It's rare for any modern motherboard to not have surround sound capabilities. Did you configure your audio device in windows for surround sound?

2. Some games have their own sound settings, make sure they're set for surround

3. Do DVD/Blu-rays play in surround sound

4. The card you picked should do the trick. However until you've gone through the above it may not be needed.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 8:34:58 PM

lomboy13 said:
Hello!

I recently bought a 60" plasma that I would like to start using with my PC to play games through. I use an HDMI for the display and an S/PDIF wire for audio.

The S/PDIF wire is hooked up to a receiver that is wired to a 5.1 surround sound setup.

Now, whenever I hook up my S/PDIF to the receiver, I can only play games in stereo! I am looking for a sound card that will let me utilize my home theater and get true 5.1 audio while gaming.

I was looking at this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Please help! Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!:pt1cable: 


S/PDIF only supports stereo multi-channel audio, it does not support 4/6/8 channel audio. HDMI does.

If you want to use your external receiver to play sound from games, you must use Dolby Digital Live to transmit the data as a Dolby Digital bitstream rather than LPCM multi-channel audio. This can be done on most Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium sound cards.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:14:33 AM

As the above stated, SPDIF can only carry three formats:

1: Stereo
2: Dolby Digital
3: DTS

PC's tend to not use Dolby/DTS, as they are lossy formats and PC's have enough space where the compression benefits aren't worth it. As a result, unless you have a soundcard with Dolby Digital Live/DTS Connect (which convert an uncompressed 5.1 stream to Dolby/DTS formats), you will only get stereo when using SPDIF.

Most newer cards support these features. More or less all of ASUS and Creative cards can do DDL/DTS-C out of the box.
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