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Advice for a total noob on 5.1 or 7.1 card

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July 10, 2009 4:03:01 PM

Hi

I don't know anything about sound cards, I am looking to buy a 5.1 or 7.1 sound system and have no idea what sound card i should get for my PC
Most of what I want to use it for is watching movies and maybe a very little bit of games
any advice?

Thanks

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July 10, 2009 4:20:47 PM

How old is your PC, the built-in sound in most new-ish motherboards is good enough for 99% of the population.
July 10, 2009 4:25:02 PM

Devastator_uk said:
How old is your PC, the built-in sound in most new-ish motherboards is good enough for 99% of the population.


i have a gigabyte p965-DS3, i am not sure if you consider that old or new
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July 10, 2009 5:02:50 PM

5.1 means 5 speakers one subwoofer 7.1 means 7 sepeakers, though i think ur pc has optical sound output whic is 7.1 out put, look on google imiges for optical sound output, its a lil black square socket, if u have that and a home cinema system with optical in it will work a treat in 7.1 or 5.1

perssonally unless ur a sound engineer or u really do some impressive stuff u have no need for a sound card.
July 10, 2009 5:15:45 PM

mildiner86 said:
5.1 means 5 speakers one subwoofer 7.1 means 7 sepeakers, though i think ur pc has optical sound output whic is 7.1 out put, look on google imiges for optical sound output, its a lil black square socket, if u have that and a home cinema system with optical in it will work a treat in 7.1 or 5.1

perssonally unless ur a sound engineer or u really do some impressive stuff u have no need for a sound card.


I do have an optical output, I am not sure if it supports 7.1 though, do all optical outputs work properly with 7.1?
while I am at it might as well ask, should I get a 5.1 or 7.1 system?
July 10, 2009 5:56:47 PM

1 thing to consider here is space and wiring management. Is the room large enough? Will your speakers be able to be placed right, and wires hidden properly?
July 10, 2009 6:04:29 PM

they should do, though some PC games and films may only be designed for 5.1, blue ray should be 7.1 but tbh when u go to an electonics shop to buy a home cinema most are 2.1 or 5.2 very few are 7.1 simply cause its soo many speakers, 5.1 gives 5 directions of sound which is enough for the average room

like Jay said with 7 speakers its a lot of wiremanagement, id stick to 7.1

this is how id have the perfect set up...

Video:
From PC, either HDMI or DVI
to TV, HDMI

you can buy the cables on ebay

Sound:
Optical from PC to Optical in home cinema


also if u have an ATI card some let the card take the sound from the motherbaord using the HDMI which is again a 7.1 signal... so if u had the right stuff u could just have a hdmi going from PC to TV carring sound and video

and then from TV to home cinema optical

this is better as u may have a PS3 bluerayplayer ect all using HDMI to transfer thier 7.1 sound so the telly can transfer all thouse sound signals over the one optical wire

because tellys have 2-4 HDMI sockets but devices only have one optical
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