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February 10, 2012 1:24:20 AM

Are there any good LGA 1155 motherboards with good onboard audio? Thx certified, DTS etc.

And also with good spacing between the video cards to run sli?

Currently using a p8z68 deluxe by asus, and doesn't seem to support DTS, nor does it let me configure my surround setup, only works the Test portion of sound set up.

Connection is done via an optical toslink.

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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 3:09:27 AM

You do realize that it's not going to be cheap to get this motherboard?
All of the motherboards listed support THX studio audio.

MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$229.99 and a $40 rebate makes it $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-GD80 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$199.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$254.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 10, 2012 3:19:38 AM

Yeah, I think i actually paid too much for mine, the Asrock extreme7 looks pretty good, thx and great spacing on the pcie slots.

The THX audio on it supports DTS by any chance?

Most games use dts as well as new movies, and I can't get surround out of mine.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 3:48:51 AM

I didn't see any that said anything about DTS and that may be rather expensive when you start adding more features besides THX. I have this board;

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard
$339.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's not the 1155 socket it's the X58 but it has Dolby Digital and DTS. I have looked at a lot of the current boards and don't see any with those features. I think that I had better keep this board for awhile.
I do see some boards that say they have High Defenition Sound and I suppose that it should be pretty good.
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February 10, 2012 3:56:27 AM

Yeah, don't see any new chipset boards with good audio.
And I wanted to avoid adding a sound card.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 4:05:14 AM

The sound from these motherboards now is pretty good and most is 7.1 channel like the board that you have.
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February 10, 2012 4:07:26 AM

Yeah, but I can't get it to put out DTS, only multichannel, so I'm at a loss, have changed drivers, tried codecs etc, and no luck
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 4:19:20 AM

In the properties window where you see the supported formats is the DTS or THX box checked off?
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February 10, 2012 4:30:34 AM

It's checked on as DTS and also Dolby Digital.
I only get surround sound when I test them, as soon as try a video with surround or game, I only get stereo.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 2:21:15 PM

Then it has to be a setting that you are missing or there has to be a certian connection that you need to have in order to have surround. I know that because I am using headphones that the sound mixer recognizes the headphones are pluged in and shows that in the sound properties.
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February 10, 2012 2:38:55 PM

I have tried to get good audio on a motherboard but it really doesn't exist, if you spend the money on a good external card it will last you for a few years.
Most boards have Realtek audio which has driver incompatibility issues with BF3 game so I couldn't use it.

My HT Omega Claro card has been installed on all my PC's for 6 years and not much has changed, still is better than anything out there.

]http://htomega.com/]
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 2:47:14 PM

"Connection is done via an optical toslink"

I know it shouldn't be the case but just maybe this is the reason for your problems and have you tried connecting the speakers by way of the colored RCA jacks. I'm thinking that the setup is for the jacks and unless you can get the toslink to be the output then maybe the jacks are the way it's set up for now.
I'm just throwing idea's out there to see if I can hit on something for you.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 3:13:22 PM

If using the Optical S/PDIF then the receiver must be able to decode DTS or any Dolby, etc signal not to mention the 'source' must have the 'DTS' selected; normally the signal is simply passed though on digital outputs. Also make certain that the Realtek Control panel is configured correctly, and the codec is installed. When I looked at the manual it seemed that the analog connections need to be used for DTS, see pg 2-49. On your MOBO I'm pretty sure DTS, Dolby, etc is done via 'software' not hardware.

There's very few MOBO's with 'good' onboard audio, IMO get a decent sound card.
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a b V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 3:23:44 PM

BTW just throwing this out there - but audio via optical link is not that great. It does uncompressed stereo or can do compressed 5.1.

I also had problems using an optical link with my laptop - Never got it to work. Even though the optical worked on my 360. BTw when I used surround sound with my optical on my 360 - if there were too many sounds coming out, the sound would be distorted and sound horrible.

You would need an HDMI connection to a receiver to get proper sound. Most GPU's these days can do this.
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February 10, 2012 6:31:25 PM

Yeah, using optical link >.<, just went thru my surround manual, and it only has 1 HDMI in, 1 optical and 1 Aux, so I would still need to replace the receiver to get full surround from my pc right?
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 6:41:36 PM

Are you outputting the audio signal to a reciever? If you are then try the digital out by using the coaxial s/pdif port the orange port right above the optical port.
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February 10, 2012 6:42:50 PM

Ok, will go out and by one of those cables, don't have one, so it will be s/pdif from my comp to the receiver, right?
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 6:45:57 PM

Does your reciever decode DTS and Dolby Digital? If it doesn't then you want to try connecting to the colored jacks and just using the reciever as a pass through and let the onboard audio decode the signal.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
February 10, 2012 6:48:40 PM

Don't get a coaxial cable unless your reciever can decode the DTS signal! Try the other ports first and use the reciever as a pass through to connect to your speakers.
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February 10, 2012 6:53:07 PM

It says it decodes Dolby digital pro logic II and DTS.
The thing is I would need to find different speakers cables or an adapter, my receiver has some weird ones:



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February 23, 2012 10:34:52 PM

DTS and AC3 decoding is done via software as suggested in a earlier post. No need for a mobo to have a DTS or AC3 spec, as any board with a digital out will do.

Try PowerDVD. Works great when sending Dolby Digital or DTS tracks to my receiver via a optical cable from my onboard sound. I have an older Gigabyte EX58-UD3R with onboard realtek sound and it works perfectly.

Just get PowerDVD, as VLC and plugins doesn't seem to work.

My $.02.

PS I can't really tell anything from the pic above.
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April 22, 2012 1:28:36 AM

In order to get true discrete 5.1 channel surround gaming via a single cable to your amplifier/receiver (using sp-dif/coaxial) you need:
1. A motherboard with integrated audio or separate sound card which supports 'Dolby Digital Live' or 'DTS Connect'. This software will interact with the hardware to encode the positional game sounds into a Dolby digital or DTS signal
2. A coaxial cable for the spdif connection between motherboard and receiver
3. A receiver which can decode either Dolby digital or DTS signal.
4. And (perhaps obviously) 5 speakers + subwoofer for full surround.

Only a few motherboards have the required integrated audio chipset which allow Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect to operate. Gigabyte G1 Assassin 2 is one such example. Integrated Realtek audio chipsets will not work with Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect. Most (but not all!) separate sound cards do have the necessary hardware to do this. Check before you buy.

The alternative if you don't have a motherboard or separate sound card with the required hardware is to use your onboard Realtek chipset and use the analogue outputs. The disadvantages are: 1. More cables required; and 2. The sound quality of Realtek audio is generally not as good or as clean as a digital signal using spdif and having your dedicated receiver decode it.

On the other hand, if you are talking movie watching, rather than gaming, you don't need Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect as the DVD/bluray is already encoded in a digital sound stream. A player like PowerDVD as the above poster mentioned is sufficient to 'pass through' the already encoded signal to your receiver via spdif output.

Hope this helps.
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February 3, 2013 7:34:45 AM

brianmz said:
It's checked on as DTS and also Dolby Digital.
I only get surround sound when I test them, as soon as try a video with surround or game, I only get stereo.


For DTS signal to send from pc (pcm) from a stereo source on a toshlink (optical) cabel through home cinema set -
(i have a JVC TH-A10R) you only get stereo in games but in mediaplayer or mediaplayerclassic (MPC) you need to install ffdshow and AC3 filter , and a AC3 file 0_7B you can download it at ( http://www.free-codecs.com/download/ac3_filter.htm )
Install both or you can instal K-lite codec mega or full codec pack , because AC3 filter and ffdshow are also in it but still you need the ac30_7file because when i dit it without, it doesnt work.
Go to ( http://codecs.forumotion.net/t849-can-t-figure-how-to-s... ) for more info.
(http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/302145-10-wont-play... )more info
start a movie under windows mediaplayer after you installed K-lite codec pack or ffdshow and ac3filter.
With K-lite codec pack it is easy , go to ffdshow left side tab output alot off options , dts , dolbydigital , dolbydigital AC3 must turned on, (dts hd , dolby true hd only supports HDMI cable , not tosh-link optical cable.) optical only supports dolbydigital (AC3) and dts.
If you have the codec work fine your receiver mus see all available sources in 5.1 posional.


But are you willing to set 7.1 on analog you have to turn in FFVA under the tab hardware acceleration DXVA codec H264 and VC1 turned on, and then you have to set FFdshow tab mixer set your speakers C , be aware when i did set both AC3 filter and ffd show on 7.1 it only gives me 5.1 892 realtek what i have ,so what i did go to ffdshow oputput and set the mixer on 3dstereo 3/0/1/seround and then il get my 7.1 in AC3 as output.
AC3 makes from 3 speakers and a sub to 7.1 sim.

I hope it will work for you guys.
I manged it so can you, sorry for games it wont work only stereo, or you need a programmer that hacks in to the AC3 filter and make it an online version.

for a new MB i rather would by an creative soundcard or an asus with dts connect and dolby digital live.
Because if your gonna overclock cpu you gonna hear the noise from your onboard card any way.
I have a ( http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/SABERTOOTH_... ) with the same problem here.

GR Dennisdefence


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February 3, 2013 7:35:48 AM

brianmz said:
It's checked on as DTS and also Dolby Digital.
I only get surround sound when I test them, as soon as try a video with surround or game, I only get stereo.


For DTS signal to send from pc (pcm) from a stereo source on a toshlink (optical) cabel through home cinema set -
(i have a JVC TH-A10R) you only get stereo in games but in mediaplayer or mediaplayerclassic (MPC) you need to install ffdshow and AC3 filter , and a AC3 file 0_7B you can download it at ( http://www.free-codecs.com/download/ac3_filter.htm )
Install both or you can instal K-lite codec mega or full codec pack , because AC3 filter and ffdshow are also in it but still you need the ac30_7file because when i dit it without, it doesnt work.
Go to ( http://codecs.forumotion.net/t849-can-t-figure-how-to-s... ) for more info.
(http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/302145-10-wont-play... )more info
start a movie under windows mediaplayer after you installed K-lite codec pack or ffdshow and ac3filter.
With K-lite codec pack it is easy , go to ffdshow left side tab output alot off options , dts , dolbydigital , dolbydigital AC3 must turned on, (dts hd , dolby true hd only supports HDMI cable , not tosh-link optical cable.) optical only supports dolbydigital (AC3) and dts.
If you have the codec work fine your receiver mus see all available sources in 5.1 posional.


But are you willing to set 7.1 on analog you have to turn in FFVA under the tab hardware acceleration DXVA codec H264 and VC1 turned on, and then you have to set FFdshow tab mixer set your speakers C , be aware when i did set both AC3 filter and ffd show on 7.1 it only gives me 5.1 892 realtek what i have ,so what i did go to ffdshow oputput and set the mixer on 3dstereo 3/0/1/seround and then il get my 7.1 in AC3 as output.
AC3 makes from 3 speakers and a sub to 7.1 sim.

I hope it will work for you guys.
I manged it so can you, sorry for games it wont work only stereo, or you need a programmer that hacks in to the AC3 filter and make it an online version.

for a new MB i rather would by an creative soundcard or an asus with dts connect and dolby digital live.
Because if your gonna overclock cpu you gonna hear the noise from your onboard card any way.
I have a ( http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/SABERTOOTH_... ) with the same problem here.

GR Dennisdefence


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February 3, 2013 7:36:51 AM

brianmz said:
It's checked on as DTS and also Dolby Digital.
I only get surround sound when I test them, as soon as try a video with surround or game, I only get stereo.


brianmz said:
It's checked on as DTS and also Dolby Digital.
I only get surround sound when I test them, as soon as try a video with surround or game, I only get stereo.


For DTS signal to send from pc (pcm) from a stereo source on a toshlink (optical) cabel through home cinema set -
(i have a JVC TH-A10R) you only get stereo in games but in mediaplayer or mediaplayerclassic (MPC) you need to install ffdshow and AC3 filter , and a AC3 file 0_7B you can download it at ( http://www.free-codecs.com/download/ac3_filter.htm )
Install both or you can instal K-lite codec mega or full codec pack , because AC3 filter and ffdshow are also in it but still you need the ac30_7file because when i dit it without, it doesnt work.
Go to ( http://codecs.forumotion.net/t849-can-t-figure-how-to-s... ) for more info.
(http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/302145-10-wont-play... )more info
start a movie under windows mediaplayer after you installed K-lite codec pack or ffdshow and ac3filter.
With K-lite codec pack it is easy , go to ffdshow left side tab output alot off options , dts , dolbydigital , dolbydigital AC3 must turned on, (dts hd , dolby true hd only supports HDMI cable , not tosh-link optical cable.) optical only supports dolbydigital (AC3) and dts.
If you have the codec work fine your receiver mus see all available sources in 5.1 posional.


But are you willing to set 7.1 on analog you have to turn in FFVA under the tab hardware acceleration DXVA codec H264 and VC1 turned on, and then you have to set FFdshow tab mixer set your speakers C , be aware when i did set both AC3 filter and ffd show on 7.1 it only gives me 5.1 892 realtek what i have ,so what i did go to ffdshow oputput and set the mixer on 3dstereo 3/0/1/seround and then il get my 7.1 in AC3 as output.
AC3 makes from 3 speakers and a sub to 7.1 sim.

I hope it will work for you guys.
I manged it so can you, sorry for games it wont work only stereo, or you need a programmer that hacks in to the AC3 filter and make it an online version.

for a new MB i rather would by an creative soundcard or an asus with dts connect and dolby digital live.
Because if your gonna overclock cpu you gonna hear the noise from your onboard card any way.
I have a ( http://www.asus.nl/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/SABERTOOTH_... ) with the same problem here.

GR Dennisdefence
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