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Can anyone name a few PCI sound cards that have a single digital output?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by smokingwheels, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. smokingwheels New Member

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    Ive got a few old SoundBlaster live 5.1 cards and I have learned that the digital output is on 3 separate wires because when I connect my pc to another pc with digital input I only get 2 of the 6 channels.

    later on I want to connect my pc's to an AV Receiver and I need a single output that contains the 5.1 info.
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    Quick list;

    - Asus Essence ST
    - Just about all Auzentechs

    There are probably more out there but they are the ones that come to mind that are PCI and have digital output.
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    Your S/PDIF connector is working properly. You will get 5.1 channel output from the digital connection when an AC3 or DTS track is played back, as that uses the same bandwidth as two uncompressed PCM channels. You can not play back 5.1 or 7.1 PCM streams over any S/PDIF connection from any PCI sound card, you must use HDMI for multichannel digital or switch to analog output.
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    What you learnt is incorrect.

    3x cable is analogue.

    Digital output is 1x cable. i.e. Digital fibre optical, digital coaxial and HDMI are 1x cable

    You can only pass 2 channels through digital uncompressed (excluding HDMI), hence why you're only getting stereo. For 5.1 you need a amp as an intermediate and you need material that is pre-encoded and compressed i.e. a DVD recorded in Dolby Digital.
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