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What do I need for 5.1 DVD-A?

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January 21, 2007 2:55:25 PM

Hey, I'm wanting to play dvd audio but am not sure if I have everything I need to do that.

Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
Hardware: Motherboard audio; Asus P5B-E chipset.

Do I need to invest in a Soundblaster Audigy 4 or is my current hardware enough? And what software do I need?

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January 21, 2007 10:47:25 PM

I know Audigy's come with bundled DVD audio software. Don't know about any other software.
January 22, 2007 3:33:39 AM

To play DVD-A

You need DVD player software, i.e., WinDVD, PowerDVD to play it. DVD-A playback is a licensed function. Creative Audigy 2 and X-Fi sound cards also have DVD-A software bundled.
February 7, 2007 11:27:22 PM

The audigy cards are awesome for DVD-A. Just beware that some DVD-As have stereo 24 bit channels @ 192 kHz. In order to decode this losslessly you will not be able to use your optical/coaxial S/PDIF interface (doesn't support the bandwidth required).

Also, some X-fi cards only utilize 96kHz DACS. In this case you will not be able to decode the 24bit @ 192kHz audio.

There is a nice chart that shows the encoding structures and when they are supported here:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_DVD
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