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Sound card with Optical in?

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Last response: in Components
October 26, 2012 6:36:08 PM

I can't seem to find any sound cards less than ~$190 that have an optical in port with 5.1 capabilities. Any help? I'm trying to use it to use my xbox 360 with 5.1 PC speakers. help appreciated.

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October 26, 2012 7:23:09 PM

Hate to break it to you, but no sound card will play back 5.1 over optical in anymore (in Vista/7/8 at least; XP might be a better story).

The reason is because there is no direct path that goes Optical Input -> Dolby/DTS Decoder -> Analog out; Dolby/DTS content won't be decoded comming in over the optical port.

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