Surround Games via Digital Out

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  1. Joe_H

    Joe_H Screenwriter

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    This may sound like a stupid question, but are there any sound cards which will output a surround signal via the digital out or is the only way to get surround in games the analog outputs of a sound card?
     
  2. Tekara

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    actually almost all of the current release of sound cards, including the onboard sound (sound integrated with the motherboard) come with s/pdif (digital coax) connectors, there's even a few that come with optical outputs.
    oh and there is NO such thing as a stupid question. . . just stupid answers [​IMG]
     
  3. Scott L

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    Many current soundcards/mobos have an S/PDIF & Toslink out but they are for DD/DTS movies or 2-channel PCM only. [​IMG] To play a surround game you need a sound card with 5.1 (or more) analog outputs.
    If there is a new inexpensive card that encodes DD 5.1 on the fly please share with us. [​IMG]
     
  4. Peter McDonald

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    If you want DD on the fly encoding than you will need an NVidia NForce motherboard.

    Peter
     
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    yeah the motherboards with onboard soundcards using the new line of nforce2 motherboards (the ones that use the mcp-t chipset and soundstorm) can incode in DD5.1. only problem is that you have to buy a new motherboard lol!
     
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    funny, i just bought an nForce2 motherboard looking forward to onboard DD5.1, only to learn that i now need a digital speaker system (no love for my analog speakers)...great board by the way
     
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    If the game supports "Dolby Surround", it will matrix-encode a mono surround channel into the main two channels, which the optical/coax should pass through.

    Some of the Sound Blasters do 4.0 through a digital DIN interface, but you need a Creative (or Cambridge Soundworks, same company) sound system with the corresponding connector.

    For 5.1, you'll need one of those new motherboards.

    //Ken
     

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