I just recieved my Acoustic Edge, (cost me $89.99, PLUS $82.00 shipping to South Africa, ouch), and was disappointed to find out that my dream of connecting a single digital cable to my amp is still not possible
Phillips claim on their web site (www.phillipsusa.com) that their card supports the following:
- 5.1 (6 channel) channel analog output
- Digital S/PDIF output (stereo, AC3 or DTS signal)
BUT ! This card ONLY does S/PDIF Sterio when playing games etc, and is simply a pass through for DTS and DD when playing movies. The only way to get games to use 5.1 is to use the analogue connectors.
So, I now have to decide if I should keep my SB-Live 5.1, or replace it with the Acoustic Edge. I prefer the sound I get from the Acoustic Edge (5.1 surround in Sacrifice rules!). BUT ... Creative have been around a lot longer, and will probably have better driver updates. (It sucks that Phillips require you to have internet connection for driver updates)