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February 4, 2014 3:41:19 PM

Hello,
I am building a pc and I eventually want to hook up 5.1 surround sound to it.
My motherboard is: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

My question is if I need a soundcard to run 5.1 surround for movies games and music. I plan on getting the Logitech Z906 speakers, I am not an audiophile but I enjoy when I watch or play and can hear where the effect is coming from.

Which card, if any do I need to do this?

And if you have better suggestions on a 5.1 surround that is superior for the same or less cash by all means please point me in the right direction!

Thanks!

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a b V Motherboard
February 4, 2014 6:52:07 PM

I have the forerunner of the Z906, the Z5500. Marvelous speakers for PC's. Those 906's are top-notch.
I would Not invest in a sound card.
That mobo has excellent sound reproduction with the onboard chipset(s): You would probably Never be able to hear a difference, if much of any existed, between the onboard and a good sound card, so save your money.

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February 4, 2014 7:06:15 PM

nostall said:
I have the forerunner of the Z906, the Z5500. Marvelous speakers for PC's. Those 906's are top-notch.
I would Not invest in a sound card.
That mobo has excellent sound reproduction with the onboard chipset(s): You would probably Never be able to hear a difference, if much of any existed, between the onboard and a good sound card, so save your money.



Awesome, do you happen to know if it would produce actual surround sound? I have read you need dolby live! and some other things that come with sound cards to actually produce surround sound, not just sound from multiple directions. I am no where near an authority on audio though. Thanks for the reply!
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a b V Motherboard
February 4, 2014 9:19:16 PM

I honestly don't know the technical answer to that but have provided some links that might help you. I have the Sabertooth AMD board and have run my speakers with both the onboard sound (not nearly as hi-tech as the Maximus) and with a Creative Extreme Music card and I cannot tell a difference.
In a previous post it was pointed out, same as you mention, that 'true' 5.1 requires a sound card; but are you going to listen to that much music and if so will it be on the 906 speakers - which are very good but not exactly audiophile/studio quality- or on audiophile, not gaming, headphones. And unless something has changed recently, headphones are generally stereo.
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1853383/asus-max...
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
Hope all this helps.
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February 4, 2014 9:51:48 PM

I'm not audiophilish at all, I am desiring for games and movies however, when something happens behind you and to the left, you hear that noise, behind you and to the left. I remember being at a friend's house and him setting up surround sound, the test was a helicopter flying around you in circles, you could track the location amazingly. This was years ago on a 5.1 I just want that basically.

I know the speakers aren't the greatest, but for the cost they are great (I think lol ) I will must likely skip the card, and if I can make it work, awesome, if not. Cards can be added.
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February 4, 2014 9:58:26 PM

connorjiy said:
I'm not audiophilish at all, I am desiring for games and movies however, when something happens behind you and to the left, you hear that noise, behind you and to the left. I remember being at a friend's house and him setting up surround sound, the test was a helicopter flying around you in circles, you could track the location amazingly. This was years ago on a 5.1 I just want that basically.

I know the speakers aren't the greatest, but for the cost they are great (I think lol ) I will must likely skip the card, and if I can make it work, awesome, if not. Cards can be added.


You will get the sound effects and spatial separation you are looking for with the onboard; it might blow you away.
DO make sure you go into the Realtek or ASUS sound options (not the OS sound on the control panel) and set up the speakers and separation the way you want.
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