I need a sound card that actively encodes sound to DTS or Dolby Digital.

suiken_2mieu

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So I setup my surround system today. But I got a cheap receiver because i was trying to save money. It has HDMI, but only acts as a hdmi switcher. I want 7.1 (or even 5.1) but to get that either the game or sound card has to encode the sound output as I'm using optical. I would just use the analog ports on the back of my mother board, but for some reason it isn't working correctly. So anyone know of a sound card that can do this for me? PCI or PCI-e I don't really have a preference.

EDIT: Okay I know what Technologies I'm looking for.

It's called Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect

I'd rather have a card that does DTS Connect over Dolby Digital Live.

Here's some cards I found, but I'd like to go cheaper:

Creative 70SB088000004 - $99.99
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 - $149.99

And these only do Dolby Digital Live.
 
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JohnleMVP

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I believe the X-FI Ti does do DTS Connect as well. It lets you select which you want to use.

Also another option would be a video card with an HDMI output. Like a 6 series AMD card. Like you I also currently have an eyefinity setup with 3x23" monitors + 40 LCD TV. My monitors are connected with 2 DP + 1 DVI and the TV uses the HDMI output. Even with the TV off my video card still sends sound to my receiver.
 

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I believe the X-FI Ti does do DTS Connect as well. It lets you select which you want to use.

Also another option would be a video card with an HDMI output. Like a 6 series AMD card. Like you I also currently have an eyefinity setup with 3x23" monitors + 40 LCD TV. My monitors are connected with 2 DP + 1 DVI and the TV uses the HDMI output. Even with the TV off my video card still sends sound to my receiver.

Well i bought a receiver without HDMI Audio or else I would have done just that. I'm Dunno whether or not it would be cheaper to Get an HDMI receiver or buy a new sound card. I know that HDMI gives me compressionless sound and can support up to 7.1. It's just all the receivers that have what I'm looking for are like $300+ and I built my system on the cheap (good speakers though).
 

JohnleMVP

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Well thats unfortunate. You don't have to spend $150 on a sound card to get DDL or DTS Connect though. Many older XFi cards can do it as well. My X-FI Fatality Titanium can and it cost like $100 2 years ago.

I'd also give the analog inputs another shot. I assume the receiver has to be set on DVD and you may have to cycle through the audio source select button. What problems are you experiencing with this now?
 
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X-fi does it...I the Titanium Fatality Champion series (same as pro, but with front panel connector). It supports either Dolby Digital or DTS connect, and they both work with my Logitech Z-5500 through an optical connection.
Older cards should do it as well...
 

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Most of Creative cards with S/PDIF do have the encoder either included with the card or it can be purchased for $5.
ASUS cards on CMEDIA Oxygen (and possible other cards on the similar CMEDIA chips).
Some Realtek onboard audio cards as well.
 

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With Dolby Digital or DTS you are severely compressing your audio though too so HDMI would be the preferable option.

Also, you can't send 8 channels (7.1) across S/PDIF. The best you can do is 6.1 with a "matrixed" 8th channel.

I would recommend looking at this Denon AVR-391 receiver:
http://usa.denon.com/us/Product/Pag...roductId=d2628900-a5f8-49f2-ab1b-28d0d1cf71f9

The MSRP is $250 so you may be able to fins it even a bit cheaper. It has full HDMI sound capability.

I believe that it's cost over a sound card is well-worth it for several reasons:

Better sound because its HDMI and uncompressed across all channels.
Better sound because it (probably) has a better DAC and better amps than your current receiver.
Longer-lasting, more future-proof, more simple solution being just 1 receiver rather than using a receiver + sound card.

If this costs you $250 and the cheapest sound card you can get with DD/DTS encoding is $100. And if you can get $100 for your old (current) receiver, than this option is only $50 more and gets you all those benefits, which is why i say its worth it.

The choice is yours though.
 
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