View Full Version : Need Sound Card Advise
07-05-2002, 05:48 PM
Is there any sound card out there that will output a digital signal (Dolby Digital or DTS) that a standard home entertainment receiver can decode? I'm not talking about from a DVD, just from Windows or even a game.
I have a Sound Blaster Live and its SPDIF output does NOT accomplish this. My receiver just decodes it as Dolby Pro Logic so I can't hear my rear channels.
07-05-2002, 05:55 PM
Isn't there a drive that Creative makes that uses RCA outputs? I'm not sure if it is designed to work with home theater equipment, but I remember several of the members here saying that they have one...
I thought the actual sound of the game would have to be encoded in DTS or Dolby Digital. Even if the sound card is capaable, no games that I know of haev sound encoded in DTS.
07-05-2002, 06:32 PM
its always going to be only dolby surround in windows. You will get DTS or DD from a DVD or a specific program that can encode the stream in either format, windows does not encode itself.
07-05-2002, 07:32 PM
I use 5.1 channel audio component audio (6 RCA plugs, three Y-cables) to my reciever because its kinda old and only supports component or prologic. In this setup, games like Jedi Outcast and MOHAA (that are encoded in dolby) do use all the channels. The third output on the audigy is a digital 5.1 / analog sub and center. I believe if your reciever can pickup the single dolby digital signal (one RCA), the SB audigy will work for you.
Best bet: go to a Best Buy or Circuit City and explain your circumstance with the manager, and make it clear what you want. Since managers have no idea what they are talking about, but like to sound as though they do, they will sell you the card on the promise that it will do what you want. If it doesn't take the card back.
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