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Home surround sound , can i hook up to it ?

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August 29, 2011 1:19:56 AM

Hello,

I am workin on a New game computer that i also plan on using to watch movies and listen to music in my room once i upgrade my 47 tv in the living room. What i was wondering is instead of buying a set of computer speakers can i get a Home surround sound system and hook my Computer sound up to it ?

I have a older model SB fx fatality card. not sure if it will work with window 7. Guess what i am asking is what would i need to make this work , just a new sound card or something else? I will be adding a Blueray drive to this also.

Gonna be playin BF3 also figure it would sound awsome as well.

Thanks all.

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August 29, 2011 2:14:45 AM

of course you can. So long as the home theatre system has audio inputs (they normally do), or even better digital inputs, either coaxial or optical, most sound cards dont have optical outputs though.
August 29, 2011 11:22:45 AM

Thanks. If i have to what do i need to look for in a new cheap sound card ? just matching out and input ?
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August 29, 2011 2:04:38 PM

the easiest way would be to get a sound card with an optical output, but you will not find that in a cheap sound card- but you can plug any 5.1/7.1 sound card into a home theater receiver via the audio inputs. I just bought a new SB fatality professional card because new egg had them half off. i was nervous that the card wouldnt work with my win7 based on the reviews of SB cards, but i just put in the cd that came with the card and it worked perfectly. Your SB should work if you download their windows 7 drivers
August 29, 2011 3:47:01 PM

Well, you have a few options.

Optical output is the easiest, but be aware of SPDIF format limitations [2.1, Dolby, and DTS formats].

Analog is best quality wise, but you'd need several 3.5mm->RCA conversions.
September 5, 2011 8:38:29 PM

I was in the same situation. I wanted to hook my Soundblaster sound card to my Sony A/V receiver but the Sony dosen't have an optical output or digital output to connect it to. I connected the "line out" on the sound card it to the satellite jack on the Sony using the adapter. It seems that I only get front and back speakers without true 5.1 surround. I'm wondering if I bought a cheap a/v receiver with the digital output to plug into the digital output on the sound card if I would then get true 5.1 surround from the speakers.

Anybody have any thoughts?

Thanks,

Griz
September 6, 2011 3:59:46 AM

yea i ordered a adapter also. not gonna use a sound card since my MB had the hook ups. but the spare Surround system i had doesnt lol. So gonna try the Adapter also see how it works.

If not well then Suround sound system has gotten cheap or i might go with new Comp. speakers.
September 6, 2011 10:59:26 PM

The adapter does work good but not having true 5.1 sound (front and back speakers - like having 2 channel) takes away from the quality. Thats why I wonder if having a digital imput will make a difference. Anyone one know of a cheap a/v receiver that has a digital coaxial imput?
September 7, 2011 3:59:07 AM

bummer. my blueray suround sound system in the living room has the Digital imput i might have to hook it up and see how it sounds. lol i can always put my old blueray player and system back in there and keep the new for my comp lol.
September 7, 2011 1:53:16 PM

yes u can, however if u want full blu-ray quality, then no, unless you have the asus xonar HDAV 1.3
September 7, 2011 3:09:51 PM

Again, S/PDIF is limited to three formats: 2.0 PCM, 5.1 Dolby, and 5.1 DTS. And Dolby/DTS are VERY limited in quality. In most cases, direct analog out offers significantly higher quality, but connecting this way to a receiver adds a LOT of wiring to the mix.
September 8, 2011 3:19:05 PM

Westreet - let me know how it sounds when you connect your soundcard to the digital imput - do you get true 5.1 surround?
Griz
September 9, 2011 8:15:41 PM

Use the HDMI output on your computer.
September 9, 2011 9:46:04 PM

WB astrallite
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