Diamond XS71 for Blu Ray HTPC? Help!

Hello, I'm planning to get this for a HTPC build and it has a LG Bluray drive. Will this get me the quality sound i need to my Yamaha receiver? Does it work with blu ray disc? Thanks.

Diamond XS71 (NOT the Dolby Digital Live version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829111001

PS: I'm not getting it off newegg, its just a site for you guys to see the product ;) Thanks!! :love:
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  1. Can anyone please help? Theres a sale and its urgent lol.
  2. I suppose it'd be ok, so long as you're not running a 64-bit OS. I don't know Diamond has ever bothered to make a 64-bit driver for any of their sound cards. As far as Blu-Ray playback... I can't find anything specific to Blu-Ray regarding this card, even on Diamond's website.

    Personally, and you can call me biased, I just don't like Diamond anymore... I'd prefer an ASUS Xonar D-series, HT Omega Striker or Claro, or even give the upper echelon of the Creative Xi-Fi's a shot. There's a reason these Diamond cards are only ~$30... they're cheap.


    Side note... Diamond Multimedia was once absolutely amazing. I can still remember playing Quake and Descent on my Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 video card! Moved on to an SLI Monster 3D II 12MB, then Viper V550 and V770, all with the sweet sound of my Monster Sound Card, which was eventually replaced with an MX300 sound card. Oh man... those were the days!
    One day, Diamond just disappeared into obscurity. Seems like it might have been around the same time 3dfx, ESS, Matrox, Aureal, and so many other innovators of the 90's did. Just as suddenly as they disappeared, I started seeing Diamond popping up here and there about 5 years ago. I was honestly shocked to see the name again, let alone on video cards!
    Something soon struck me... It was how Diamond was seemingly looking to cash-in on their long-absent, almost forgotten, but once revered name. Then I discovered it wasn't really Diamond in it's old form back again. Instead, it was Best Data, who had simply purchased Diamond's name and assets... Go figure. :(
  3. lol, thanks yes its cheap that why lol. So will it be clear and use that audio from the disc? Also a Audigy Soundblaster Audigy SE is on sale it might be an option. Heres a link. I still need the optional "digital I/O' for optical and SPDIF:(

    http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=205&product=14257
  4. You can buy those same Audigy SE cards in just about any Wal-Mart for like $28. I dunno... If you're not really a serious audiophile, I doubt you'll hear too much difference between these sub-$50 cards and the ones that are much more, as most of your sound quality will depend on the equipment they'll be piping into.
  5. So will those A/V receviers like boost up the sound quality and spread it across the speaker setup? So that 24-Bit diamond XS71 wont sound good with bluray disks?
  6. Diamond has earned a place on my personal "Do not buy" list for buggy products and/or poor drivers, unreliable web site, incompetent tech support, failure to be listed as a partner on the AMD/ATI site, etc. etc. Afaik, there's nothing Diamond makes that someone else doesn't make, so I have no reason to ever buy from them again.
  7. Thanks, so about the recevier question lol, will it take the signal from HDMI from my video card?
  8. should work no problems.
  9. And then does it take the audio stream from the HMI and send to my speakers or do i nee dthat sound card for it? THanks
  10. Axeon said:
    And then does it take the audio stream from the HMI and send to my speakers or do i nee dthat sound card for it? THanks


    You probably need to specify your setup - what video card, monitor or TV you're connecting to, whether your Yamaha AV receiver has an SPDIF input, etc. Most older video cards only have one or two DVI outputs, which is either digital or analog or both video, no audio. You can buy a DVI-to-HDMI cable or converter and cable, but to add digital audio you'll need something like what you can get at this site:

    http://www.ramelectronics.net/audio-video/video-converters/dvi-to-hdmi/dvi-and-digital-audio-to-hdmi-ext-dvia-2-hdmi/prodGEF00034.html

    However if your receiver has an SPDIF input then just run an SPDIF cable from your sound card or onboard audio to the receiver. You'll need to check your audio specs to make sure it'll transmit all 5.1 or 7.1 channels of audio.
  11. The video card is a HD 3650 AGP with an onboard sound 5.1 channel chip. The TV is a 65' Sharp HD LCD Tv, and the receiver is a RXZ7 7.1 Channel Network Receiver. I was wondering if i plugged my grahpics card into here will it take the sound to the speakers and the video part to the Television?
    Yamaha:http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=5016802
    HIS HD 3650 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161237
    Sharp Aquaos Television : http://www.sharp.ca/products/index.asp?cat=30&id=739
  12. Axeon said:
    The video card is a HD 3650 AGP with an onboard sound 5.1 channel chip. The TV is a 65' Sharp HD LCD Tv, and the receiver is a RXZ7 7.1 Channel Network Receiver. I was wondering if i plugged my grahpics card into here will it take the sound to the speakers and the video part to the Television?
    Yamaha:http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=5016802
    HIS HD 3650 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161237
    Sharp Aquaos Television : http://www.sharp.ca/products/index.asp?cat=30&id=739



    Hi, I can put you through to our engineering department and someone will answer all of your questions. Diamond has worked hard in the past to improve everything from our customer support to our website. As for "buggy" products (from the comment) we have some of the lowest RMA rates in the industry. Please feel free to contact me personally if you do not receive the help that you need.

    Marla Smith
    Diamond Multimedia
    818-534-1433
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