Need a soundcard suggestion

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  1. Tim Knapp

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    I've got everything but my sound card figured out. Here is what I'm going with for an htpc. Does anyone see a flaw in this setup.

    Asus p4g8x and 2.8 ghz cpu/
    1 gig ddr ram
    Saphire Radeon 9700
    Pioneer 106s dvd rom
    Theatertek software


    From the sound card I just want to feed two RCA analog inputs two my surround receiver. What basic soundcard will work with Theatertek? Will a creative soundcard suffice? Since I'm going analog i figured i don't need an expensive soundcard. I need a suggestion though.

    Tim
     
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    I would lean towards a revolution 7.1, I've been hearing nothing but good things about them especially in the HTPC arena.
     
  3. Tim Knapp

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    Thanks Rob. I'll start checking into it.
    Tim
     
  4. Tim Knapp

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    hmm, i did a search on this forum and found nothing on the revolution 7.1. Could you point me to some user posts on it?

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  5. Tim Knapp

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    Found some information on the the M-audio revolution. In so doing i found out that it would not make any difference with Theatertek 1.5 because TT does no audio decoding for DD, just SPDIF pass through. So I would not get any dolby out of the Rev.7.1. That sucks. Can't believe TT doesn't offer this. Not everyone has SPDIF inputs on thier surround amp/recievers. Another thing i don't get after looking at the rev. 7.1 card is the 4 surround outputs. I only have 2 rca inputs on my surround receiver. My stereo i assume does the decoding, so what ouput do i use from the card?! Do I even need any dolby decoding software since my surround receiver does the decoding? Would i just pass the signal from the dvd-rom, through the sound card, and have my surround receiver do the decoding? Me confused. [​IMG]

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    If you are playing DVDs on your PC you need to send six channels of audio information to the receiver.

    I just ordered the CL Extigy because it is USB based and PCI slots are at a premium on my ATC610 case. It was $77 after rebate from Amazon.com. The rebate ended a couple days ago.

    The other excellent one is the Audigy 2 Platinum but that is $200 which is overkill.

    You might want to check newegg.com. I think their price on the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz was $62 or so. That is a very good card but I think it doesn't have the RCA jacks.

    I really think you will have to go with something like the Extigy.
     
  7. Tim Knapp

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    Jeff,Are you telling me that those 2 cards you mentioned will do the dolby decoding via thier hardware?- Or, will I still require a software decoder? Will I get dolby if I run TT with one of the cards you mentioned? What are a couple of good software players that will decode dolby for my reciever? I've heard some negatives on the audigy series.



    Tim
     
  8. Brian Knauss

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    Another option is Hercules XP 7.1 Gametheater. I believe it has the hardware decoder for DD EX.
     
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    The Audigy 2 is capable of digital surround decoding. It is recommended by Unreal II: The Awakening for dolby digital 6.1 surround sound.

    In comparison, the M-Audio card mentioned is more highly regarded particularly for home theatre and music production (i.e. if you're a musician).

    Sorry I don't know the answers to your other specific questions vis-a-vis analog connections.
     
  10. Tim Knapp

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    My surround receiver has dolby prologic mode. Pardon my ignorance, but doesn't this mean it does the decoding? The manual says,

    "When playing an audio source carrying the "Dolby surround" mark, a sound field with enhanced surround effects can be enjoyed by using the DOLBY PRO LOGIC OR DOLBY Stereo MODE on your receiver."

    If this means it decodes, then do i just pass the audio from the dvd-rom straight through the sound card and the surround receiver does the decoding?I assume it does because i send the two rca outputs of my set top dvd-player to the two rca input's of my surround receiver and it seperates it into the five speakers i have hooked to it.If this is so, then do i even need any audio decoding software? My surround reciever has 2 rca inputs on the reciever for the signal going in and it has speaker outs for two front, a center, and two rears. Could someone knowledgeable clear this up for me please.
     
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    If you're just looking to pass a Pro Logic signal, then any stereo soundcard will work. Even without a set of RCA outputs on the card (which is difficult to find cheaply), you can use the 1/8" stereo output and get a stereo mini - RCA cable for about $3.
    Pro Logic is encoded with a simple stereo signal, so as long as the card is stereo (and I don't know of any that aren't) it will pass along the Dolby signal if it is present.
    You'll just let your receiver take care of the decoding.
     
  12. Tim Knapp

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    Thanks Mike. TT finaly cleared this up for me too. So even my old soundblaster PCI-128 would work in this case it sound like. It has stereo output. I don't need to spend any money on a fancy card then. That will save me some money. [​IMG]
     
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    You might find some of the sound card reviews at TomsHardware to be pretty informative. Don't know about your questions re: Theatertek, but check it out.
     
  14. Mathew Shelby

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    I don't mean to jack this thread but I have a question regarding sound cards. I have a 7.1 capable Harman Kardon AVR525. When building my HTPC does that mean I have to have a 7.1 sound card in order to make it work?
     
  15. Brian Knauss

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    Nope, just means you have the capability of having a 7.1 signal sent to the receiver via the 7.1 inputs and your receiver will output too all 7.1 speakers. If you just have a 5.1 card and 5.1 movies, no worry, you'll either have sound coming out of only the 5.1 speakers, or you probably have a "matrix" option where the other speakers will play also. Matrix is basically a fancy name for Pro Logic to the extra speakers.
     
  16. Mathew Shelby

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    Isn't that what you would want if you had a 7.1 capable receiver?
     

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