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Best PC Optical Sound Card for Games and Movies?

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June 30, 2010 12:03:36 AM

I use pc for gaming and movies. What would be a sweet sound card for my setup?

spec..

HAF 922 Cooler Master AM3 / M4A
AMD Phenom II 965 BE
ATi HD5850 1GB
4GB DDR3-1600
650w psu
Win7 x64

I'm running 40' HD LCD via HDMI and Sound from mobo via Optic Cable.
Whats the best card and sound setup to use?

Thank you.

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June 30, 2010 2:20:58 AM

Why use optical? HDMI is far superior for sound and your ATI HD5850 is arguably the best sound card on the market right now.

It has 8 channel audio and support for HD sound, something optical does not. It has support for 16 and 24 bit audio in 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 sample rates as well.

Just route your 5850 to your receiver and then have the receiver output video the TV.
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July 9, 2010 7:28:54 AM

Indeed. If you have a reciever/set up that accepts HDMI, I'd go that route. If not, I recommend the X-Fi Titanium. I've had one in my rig for over a year now and it is connected to my surround sound- it sounds great, especially for movies.
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July 16, 2010 1:14:27 PM

oh w8 , i dont think the OP has a receiver.
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July 16, 2010 3:38:22 PM

I agree that you can easily run HDMI output, but a sound card does have benefits.
The X-Fi Titanium is a decent card, good for the price. If you want something very good either an AuzenTech HD HomeTheater or an ASUS Xonar D2X are good choices. If you have a high end receiver, you'll want a card with DTS/DD encoding so that the receiver can do the decoding. On a mediocre receiver (or non) then the minimum would do. In that case an XFi Titanium or Xonar D2X are good. AuzenTech Bravura is a step up from there, and then the Forte is a bit better.
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July 16, 2010 7:01:31 PM

wolfram23 said:
I agree that you can easily run HDMI output, but a sound card does have benefits.
The X-Fi Titanium is a decent card, good for the price. If you want something very good either an AuzenTech HD HomeTheater or an ASUS Xonar D2X are good choices. If you have a high end receiver, you'll want a card with DTS/DD encoding so that the receiver can do the decoding. On a mediocre receiver (or non) then the minimum would do. In that case an XFi Titanium or Xonar D2X are good. AuzenTech Bravura is a step up from there, and then the Forte is a bit better.


well wat others options are there really??

ye we all pretty much agree on SC encoding and the receiver decoding
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