BEST SOUNDCARD FOR HOME THEATRE PC ?

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What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
am a musician.

Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    > am a musician.
    >
    > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >
    >

    I'd take a hard look at the Turtle Beach Catalina. Only sound card I've
    seen with multiple analog outputs as well as optical input and output. It
    also has analog inputs (useful for recording). If it's as good as the Santa
    Cruz, the sound is awesome. -Dave

    http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/soundcards/catalina/specs.asp
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message news:<c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de>...
    > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    > am a musician.
    >
    > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John

    Got a good one here. http://tinyurl.com/285gm Very highly recommended.
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Directly in what way? 3x 3.5mm to RCA connector? Optical? Co-ax?


    "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    > am a musician.
    >
    > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Optical, (or digital?)

    "Alex" <Freeflyer91@hotmail.com.NOSPAM> wrote in message
    news:c7bbak$e13$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Directly in what way? 3x 3.5mm to RCA connector? Optical? Co-ax?
    >
    >
    > "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    > news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since
    I
    > > am a musician.
    > >
    > > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    PS -Maybe it's called "Digital Dolby/DTS Pass-Through ?

    "Alex" <Freeflyer91@hotmail.com.NOSPAM> wrote in message
    news:c7bbak$e13$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
    > Directly in what way? 3x 3.5mm to RCA connector? Optical? Co-ax?
    >
    >
    > "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    > news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    > > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since
    I
    > > am a musician.
    > >
    > > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > I'd take a hard look at the Turtle Beach Catalina. Only sound card I've
    > seen with multiple analog outputs as well as optical input and output. It
    > also has analog inputs (useful for recording). If it's as good as the
    Santa
    > Cruz, the sound is awesome. -Dave
    >
    > http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/soundcards/catalina/specs.asp
    >


    How do the TurtleBeach's compare to SoundBlaster as far as performance?
    I've heard good things about them, but find it hard to believe that Creative
    would sell a "competetive" product for three times the price of TB, what is
    it that makes the Creative boards worth 200+ bux besides the name?
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > How do the TurtleBeach's compare to SoundBlaster as far as performance?
    > I've heard good things about them, but find it hard to believe that
    Creative
    > would sell a "competetive" product for three times the price of TB, what
    is
    > it that makes the Creative boards worth 200+ bux besides the name?
    >

    Ya got me. In every way that matters, and every way that can be measured,
    the sound quality of the TB cards BLOW AWAY anything ever produced by
    Creative. But then, Turtle Beach is lesser known, so probably have to lower
    their prices to compete. If these were cars we were talking about, Creative
    would be Chevy and Turtle Beach would be Lexus. Only for some odd reason
    you can buy the lexus for less money. Go figure. -Dave
  8. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    In article <c7bdk3$1tel4$1@ID-233294.news.uni-berlin.de>, Dave C. says...
    >
    >
    >"John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    >news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    >> What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    >> 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    >> 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    >> 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    >> 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    >> am a musician.
    >>
    >> Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    >> setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >>
    >>
    >
    >I'd take a hard look at the Turtle Beach Catalina. Only sound card I've
    >seen with multiple analog outputs as well as optical input and output. It
    >also has analog inputs (useful for recording). If it's as good as the Santa
    >Cruz, the sound is awesome. -Dave
    >
    >http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/soundcards/catalina/specs.asp
    >
    >
    I loved my TB Santa Cruz, so much that I put two more in other computers and I
    do hear a lot of really good things about the Catalina.

    Right now I am using the M-Audio Revolution to my Home Theatre via digital
    output and the sound is incredible, even better than the Soundtorm on my other
    computer that was hooked up to it before.

    However, I think that you should check out the Delta since you say that you do
    recording.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-121-105&depa=0

    http://www.m-audio.net/images/en/manuals/Delta410_Manual.pdf

    http://www.m-audio.net/index.php?do=products.list&ID=pciinterfaces

    I hope this helps.

    Ed
  9. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    In article <c7h9so02r7c@drn.newsguy.com>, Ed_ says...
    >
    >In article <c7bdk3$1tel4$1@ID-233294.news.uni-berlin.de>, Dave C. says...
    >>
    >>
    >>"John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    >>news:c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de...
    >>> What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    >>> 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    >>> 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    >>> 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    >>> 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    >>> am a musician.
    >>>
    >>> Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    >>> setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>I'd take a hard look at the Turtle Beach Catalina. Only sound card I've
    >>seen with multiple analog outputs as well as optical input and output. It
    >>also has analog inputs (useful for recording). If it's as good as the Santa
    >>Cruz, the sound is awesome. -Dave
    >>
    >>http://www.turtlebeach.com/site/products/soundcards/catalina/specs.asp
    >>
    >>
    >I loved my TB Santa Cruz, so much that I put two more in other computers and I
    >do hear a lot of really good things about the Catalina.
    >
    >Right now I am using the M-Audio Revolution to my Home Theatre via digital
    >output and the sound is incredible, even better than the Soundtorm on my other
    >computer that was hooked up to it before.
    >
    >However, I think that you should check out the Delta since you say that you do
    >recording.
    >
    >http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-121-105&depa=0
    >
    >http://www.m-audio.net/images/en/manuals/Delta410_Manual.pdf
    >
    >http://www.m-audio.net/index.php?do=products.list&ID=pciinterfaces
    >
    >I hope this helps.
    >
    >Ed
    >
    Sorry, I forgot this one at the M-Audio Store. Just don't buy it here since
    Newegg is much cheaper. This link gives a good breakdown on specs.

    http://m-audio.rjmg.com/index.cfm?pid=3251
  10. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "Dave C." <mdupre@sff.net> wrote in message
    news:2g1v2eF3j70aU1@uni-berlin.de...
    > > How do the TurtleBeach's compare to SoundBlaster as far as performance?
    > > I've heard good things about them, but find it hard to believe that
    > Creative
    > > would sell a "competetive" product for three times the price of TB, what
    > is
    > > it that makes the Creative boards worth 200+ bux besides the name?
    > >
    >
    > Ya got me. In every way that matters, and every way that can be measured,
    > the sound quality of the TB cards BLOW AWAY anything ever produced by
    > Creative. But then, Turtle Beach is lesser known, so probably have to
    lower
    > their prices to compete. If these were cars we were talking about,
    Creative
    > would be Chevy and Turtle Beach would be Lexus. Only for some odd reason
    > you can buy the lexus for less money. Go figure. -Dave
    >
    >
    Or you could say it's the same way Linux "blows away" Windows, but for some
    reason 95% of pc users use Windows. Must just be bad luck for Linux? Or TB.

    The Audigy2 zs is very highly rated by almost everyone. I imagine Dave is
    comparing his TB with a SB Live which was probably the last creative card he
    heard. Meh.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-102-162&depa=1
    http://www.nordichardware.com/reviews/audio/2003/Audigy2ZS/
    http://tinyurl.com/2tbdm

    http://tinyurl.com/285gm Audigy2 ZS Platinum $99 until 5/14. That's a hell
    of a deal.
  11. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    In article <547de147.0405051654.92f38cc@posting.google.com>, MXCrules450
    @hotmail.com says...
    > "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message news:<c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de>...
    > > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since I
    > > am a musician.
    > >
    > > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >
    > Got a good one here. http://tinyurl.com/285gm Very highly recommended.
    >
    This is a very good sounding card and I love listening to it.

    But - one precautionary note: If you want to use the line in, it is
    combined with CD, analog, etc. and it can be a nuisance. If that's not
    an issue for you (I use it for voice recognition software), it's a great
    card.

    Louise
  12. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Guys, save you pennies and use on board AC97 sound. Some of the better
    boards with built in sound actually come with the spdif optical and coax
    header. Simply plug the optical cable into your surround sound receiver and
    away you go. Digital pass through for true 5.1 and DTS for DVD's DTV, etc.
    and analog passthrough for dolby pro logic output...


    "MXC rules!" <MXCrules450@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:547de147.0405051654.92f38cc@posting.google.com...
    > "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    news:<c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de>...
    > > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since
    I
    > > am a musician.
    > >
    > > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >
    > Got a good one here. http://tinyurl.com/285gm Very highly recommended.
  13. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Sun, 09 May 2004 22:12:33 +1000, John Balatsas while doing time wrote:

    > Guys, save you pennies and use on board AC97 sound. Some of the better
    > boards with built in sound actually come with the spdif optical and coax
    > header. Simply plug the optical cable into your surround sound receiver and
    > away you go. Digital pass through for true 5.1 and DTS for DVD's DTV, etc.
    > and analog passthrough for dolby pro logic output...
    >

    Not true the poster is a musician and wants to do semi-professional
    recording. So, he needs a card to relieve the cpu from audio processing,
    probably midi input, 5.1 surround sound and digital output capable of
    driving audio through his home theater receiver. Obviously, his
    current motherboard with or without onboard sound doesn't support his
    needs.

    >
    > "MXC rules!" <MXCrules450@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:547de147.0405051654.92f38cc@posting.google.com...
    >> "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    > news:<c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de>...
    >> > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    >> > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    >> > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    >> > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    >> > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio) since
    > I
    >> > am a musician.
    >> >
    >> > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    >> > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks, John
    >>
    >> Got a good one here. http://tinyurl.com/285gm Very highly recommended.
  14. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    I run on board audio right now, sounds like a pretty powerful system, that
    is on paper anyway... 6.1 SPDIF Out etc.. its on an ASUS P4C800E- Delux
    mobo, and most of the time it does sound good, but the rest of the time it
    is plauged by random pops, clicks, and every now and then i get a really
    strange pattern of sounds on the surround channel (not quite a pop, not
    quite a beep, not quite a buzz, but a mix of all 3, very low volume and
    repeats ALMOST ryhmically for about a second, for the musically inclined
    1+a2+a3e+a4+a) Am running current drivers, and all sounds seem to be related
    to electrical interferance, and being on board i don't really see anyway to
    "quiet" the interferance. So based on my experience i have to say NoWay to
    using on board audio in a professional manner, or even home theatre. Its
    fine for getting started with the system, which is why i got it, but i got
    it with the intention of upgrading it in a few months, (Build Phase 2 will
    add a DVDRW, Second WD120SATA with migration to RAID0, Better soud system,
    looking SBaudigyPlatinum(2 or whatever the latest and greatest is now) or
    TBCatalina, and possibly second 512mb stick). Reason I'm looking at SB is
    that it has all kinds of connection options, and i'm familiar with the
    brand, but recently added the TurtleBeach cards after seeing that they offer
    nearly identical features (tho a few less connection options) for about half
    to 1/3 the cost.

    "John Balatsas" <jbalat@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:409e202b$0$20662$afc38c87@news.optusnet.com.au...
    > Guys, save you pennies and use on board AC97 sound. Some of the better
    > boards with built in sound actually come with the spdif optical and coax
    > header. Simply plug the optical cable into your surround sound receiver
    and
    > away you go. Digital pass through for true 5.1 and DTS for DVD's DTV, etc.
    > and analog passthrough for dolby pro logic output...
    >
    >
    > "MXC rules!" <MXCrules450@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:547de147.0405051654.92f38cc@posting.google.com...
    > > "John F" <Blondjohn7@hotmale.com> wrote in message
    > news:<c7baqs$1vahj$1@ID-190766.news.uni-berlin.de>...
    > > > What is the best soundcard (or setup) to:
    > > > 1)hook up directly through a surround sound reciever,
    > > > 2)play DVD movies in surround sound -output to my TV,
    > > > 3)play surround sound games -on computer monitor, maybe TV,
    > > > 4)and also do semi-proffessional music recording (hard disk audio)
    since
    > I
    > > > am a musician.
    > > >
    > > > Can any one sound card do all this? Is there a recomended
    > > > setup/configuration for all this? Thanks,
    John
    > >
    > > Got a good one here. http://tinyurl.com/285gm Very highly recommended.
    >
    >
  15. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    > looking SBaudigyPlatinum(2 or whatever the latest and greatest is now) or
    > TBCatalina, and possibly second 512mb stick). Reason I'm looking at SB is
    > that it has all kinds of connection options, and i'm familiar with the
    > brand, but recently added the TurtleBeach cards after seeing that they
    offer
    > nearly identical features (tho a few less connection options) for about
    half
    > to 1/3 the cost.
    >
    Then also there is the M-Audio Revoltion and some other interesting looking
    M-Audio cards. Anyone compare/comment on these?
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