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November 17, 2012 12:34:30 PM

I am getting this 7.1 speaker system
I am wondering what sound card I should get, my mother board has Realtek ALC892 onboard audio but should I get something better for my setup?
My budget is up to $200, I am not interested in any junk under $100.
It needs to have Dolby and/or DTS.
All suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

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November 17, 2012 5:19:57 PM

You should probably get a receiver and forget the sound card for a 7.1 set up, you could find a good speaker/receiver set up for around 400 - 700. I say so since I bought a real nice sound card and it basically ended up being a waste of cash since my receiver does all the decoding. Also I think with that set of speakers they are not individually powered so you would need either an analog connection to each one, or a receiver either way. If you are not looking to spend with in the range of 650+ don't go 7.1 either just because they tend to be lower quality speakers than 5.1 in the same price range and half the time the two added speakers are going to sit dead anyways.
November 18, 2012 6:58:49 PM

Best answer selected by c0mrade.