What is the best way to output sound from my PC to my reciever(with surround)?

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  1. Justin Ward

    Justin Ward Supporting Actor

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    I want to use my 5.1 setup to get surround sound in games. I have a SBLive Value card(with digital out)and a Pioneer VSX-D510. The receiver has 2 digital inputs(one optical, one coaxial) and a 5.1 analog input.

    I don't think the digital connection would work for surround because most games using EAX 4 point surround and not Dolby Digital or DTS. Could I use the front and rear speaker output from the soundcard instead?
     
  2. Matt DeVillier

    Matt DeVillier Supporting Actor

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    yes, use the sound card's 4 channel output connected to your receiver's 5.1 inputs. only problem with this is that most receivers to not perform bass management on the 5.1 inputs. If you receiver doesn't, then you may want to replace your sound card with something that has 6-channel analog outputs and bass management.
     
  3. Max Leung

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    The only sound "card" that supports true DD5.1 output for games is the NVIDIA nForce chipset, found only in nForce-based motherboards. The DD5.1 encoding hardware is identical to that found in the XBox. It works exceedingly well, I must add.
     

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