Optical in sound card with 5 1 support

Hi.
I have bought a Creative X-Fi Titanium for it's Optical In conection but i found out that it doesn't support 5.1 sound,only stereo.
So now i am looking for a soundcard that has Optical in and can decode 5.1 sound to speakers.
Getting an A/V receiver is too expensive so i think a soundcard is a better choice for me.
Thakn you
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  1. It does support 5.1. I have one and set it to encode 5.1 through spdif. My receiver confirms receiving 5.1 from it.

    To get the 5.1 sound i use the optical link.

    To get 7.1 i use the analog link feeding my receiver
    Reply to leon2006
  2. leon2006 said:
    It does support 5.1. I have one and set it to encode 5.1 through spdif. My receiver confirms receiving 5.1 from it.

    To get the 5.1 sound i use the optical link.

    To get 7.1 i use the analog link feeding my receiver


    I'm talking about Creative's Optical IN conector. I have 5.1 audio source (Dune HD player) which i want to connect trough Optical cable to my soundcard and have real 5.1 sound on my speakers.
    I'm hoping there is out there a soundcard that can play a role similar to an AV receiver.
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  3. Your computer is getting the signal; the fault is with whatever media player you are using. I think if you google "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema" and "AC3Filter" and install those 2 components you will be good to go.
    Reply to astrallite
  4. astrallite said:
    Your computer is getting the signal; the fault is with whatever media player you are using. I think if you google "Media Player Classic - Home Cinema" and "AC3Filter" and install those 2 components you will be good to go.


    OMG....you guys don't seem to get what i'm saying,so i'm gonna try to be more concise:
    Dune HD player (or any 5.1 source for that matter) is connected to my Creative X-Fi Titanium trough Optical cable using X-Fi's Optical IN connector. X-Fi DOES NOT ACCEPT 5.1 signal throug OPTICAL IN connector,only stereo (proven fact).I didn't knew that when i bought the X-Fi because it's illogical that a soundcard would not support 5.1 singal INPUT.
    So now i'm looking for a sound card that has Optical In and can decode 5.1 INPUT (just like an AV Receiver) so i can have 5.1 sound on my speakers.
    Dunno if i can be clearer than that.
    Thanks
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  5. Have you tried this?
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  6. astrallite said:


    Hmm..i don't have Decoder.Instead i have Encoder.What drivers do you have there?
    I have latest XFTI_PCDRV_LB_2_17_0007.

    Right...it seems you guys are insisting that i've not set up smth, so look here :
    http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?url=http://ask.creative.com:80/srvs/cgi-bin/webcgi.exe/,/?st=147,e=0000000000242143140,k=1555,sxi=3,case=obj%2884370%29,kb=ww_english_add,varset=ws:http://ie.europe.creative.com

    And now that's out of the way i need a sound card that can decode external Dolby Digital signal to my speakers.
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  7. I don't know, maybe the Essence STX?
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  8. I give up.
    I've decided to get this http://www.eu.onkyo.com/products/HT-S6305.html which is around $700 and no more pain.
    Thank you.
    Reply to t0mt0m
  9. Is it possible to set your source to output PCM instead of DD? I can confirm that the X-FI does accept 5.1 PCM through optical in (I have an old XP box which sends 5.1 PCM via optical to my X-FI and it does output correctly). As you say, it won't decode a DD signal, but if you can set your source to decode and output PCM it should work.
    Reply to thefivetheory
  10. :), thes gonna be happy with that setup.

    anyway your soundcard can decode dolby digital... if it has dolby live.
    Reply to MEgamer
  11. 1: Optical/Coaxial does NOT have the bandwith to transmit uncompressed 5.1 audio. Hence the need for compressed standards like DD and DTS

    2: No current soundcard [Aside from the Auzentech HTHD and ASUS Xonar HDAV] has a built-in decoder [Thank you, movie studios...], due to DRM issues/piracy concerns. The last ones that did was the old Audigy 2 line, and I think the decoder was removed via drivers a while back... As such, unless you run all your audio through WMP or some other program, you won't be able to decode a DD/DTS signal.
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  12. gamerk316 said:
    1: Optical/Coaxial does NOT have the bandwith to transmit uncompressed 5.1 audio. Hence the need for compressed standards like DD and DTS

    2: No current soundcard [Aside from the Auzentech HTHD and ASUS Xonar HDAV] has a built-in decoder [Thank you, movie studios...], due to DRM issues/piracy concerns. The last ones that did was the old Audigy 2 line, and I think the decoder was removed via drivers a while back... As such, unless you run all your audio through WMP or some other program, you won't be able to decode a DD/DTS signal.


    Finally a competent answer.Thank you gamerk316!
    Too late tho...as i posted above i'm going with a receiver.
    Thread closed!
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  13. With the xfi-titanium all you needed to do was turn Encoder on or Check mark Play stereo mix using digital output. I have the xfi titanium hd and if i dont have any of those checked or on I am stuck on stereo. Turn on DTS connect or Dobly digital live encoder or check mark digital output and I now have 5.1.

    This is also the way to fix no voice audio during cut scenes in games.
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