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How to enable 5.1 SurroundDolby Digital Live - AsRock z77 Extreme 4

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December 22, 2012 7:07:49 PM

I have AsRock z77 Extreme 4 with Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec onboard.
It says it supports 7.1 surround sound.
Recently I bough Turtle Beach Ear Force Tango 5.1 Surround wireless headset.
It says that I need Dolby Digital Live to enable 5.1 surround sound for PC.
Does anyone know how to enable this on AsRock z77 Ext 4 mobo?
All I can find is the THX TruStudio on the mobo setting.

Thank you.
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December 22, 2012 8:04:23 PM

But you got it to work with stereo already? Because Turtle Beach says it's only compatible with Xbox360?
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December 22, 2012 10:34:17 PM

noidea_77 said:
But you got it to work with stereo already? Because Turtle Beach says it's only compatible with Xbox360?


Yes, it works with my pc and even bluetooth connected to my phone. But I think it's only enhanced stereo.
Turtle Beach's page says that it works with PS3 or Xbox 360.
Since this is similar to PX5 and XP500, supposedly the receiver works with PC too. But it requires bluetooth to enable the chat function for pc and Dolby Digital Live for 5.1 surround.
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December 27, 2012 12:37:14 AM

Bump......can anybody please help me?
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January 10, 2013 2:25:30 AM

Just found this thread searching for a similar answer. So I apologize if you already figured it out.

You'll need this: http://us.store.creative.com/Dolby-Digital-Live-and-DTS...

If you look at Newegg and search "sound" under the customer reviews for the board, one of the reviewers mentions the software I indicated above. And even if it doesn't work, it's only like $4 (I have yet to buy it because I do not have headphones that support DDL yet...I am waiting on Turtle Beach to release their new headphones and sound processor this year. Hopefully soon).

I have the same board so I have been searching high and low for how to enable virtual surround sound for headphones/headsets.

From how I understand it, you (and the rest of us Asrock Z77 Extreme4) have 3 sound options:

1.) Use the Turtle Beach headset and the Creative DDL and DTS Connect software together.

2.) Upgrade the THX TruStudio software included on the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 drivers CD or online at their website. You would then need to plug your headset directly into the motherboard's onboard sound. The software upgrade can be found here: http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-Blaster-XFi-MB2-Down...

3.) Instead of option 2, buy a cheap sound card such as the PCI Asus Xonar DG (about $27) or the updated PCI-X Asus Xonar DGX (about $40-50). You would then plug your Turtle Beachs into that and use either Dolby Headphone or Dolby Digital Live (I think that it offers both options). I think this is a much better option than #2.

I believe Option #1 should be able to do exactly what you want, but I thought I'd try to explain the other options you do have (from how I understand it).

I hope that helps!
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February 24, 2013 8:50:58 PM

can anyone confirm option 1 works? ive heard mixed at other sites
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February 25, 2013 3:53:54 AM

2174882,5,1642263 said:
Just found this thread searching for a similar answer. So I apologize if you already figured it out.

You'll need this: http://us.store.creative.com/Dolby-Digital-Live-and-DTS...

If you look at Newegg and search "sound" under the customer reviews for the board, one of the reviewers mentions the software I indicated above. And even if it doesn't work, it's only like $4 (I have yet to buy it because I do not have headphones that support DDL yet...I am waiting on Turtle Beach to release their new

Nice software, but according to Creative labs, it requires you to have a Creative Labs sound card to use their DDL/DTS software.
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February 25, 2013 3:59:17 AM

manyee said:
Bump......can anybody please help me?


Download the latest Realtek software, install it and see if it includes DDL (Dolby Digital live)
If it does not then you might have to add a sound card that comes with DDL and a S/PDIF optical output.
The Asus xonar DX and D1 sound cards come with DDL and optical output.
Also the Creative Labs Titanium (non-HD) sound card offers DDL and optical.
you can buy a used Xonar (DX or D1) or Titanium (non-HD) off eBay.
You looking at $50-$70 for those sound cards (used).
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February 25, 2013 4:01:25 AM

2174882,5,1642263 said:
Just found this thread searching for a similar answer. So I apologize if you already figured it out.

You'll need this: http://us.store.creative.com/Dolby-Digital-Live-and-DTS...

Those drivers only work with creative sound cards, not the Realtek sound chip that comes with the Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
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