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I have a 5.1 Harman/Kardon surround-sound set. To attach it to my pc I need an s/pdif connecter. I just learned of the existence of Dolby Digital Live and DTS and need some help.
I already bought an audio card (which I can still return): it's the StarTech pexsound7ch
It doesn't have DTS or Dolby Digital and I couldn't find unlocked drivers. So I looked for some other affordable soundcards who do support either DTS or Dolby Digital live.
These are the three I came across which I am considering:
1. Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 €80,26
2. Creative Sound Blaster Z €92,-
3. Terratec Aureon 7.1 USB €42,-

Which one should I buy and why? Or can I unlock the pexsound7ch?
 
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I have a 5.1 Harman/Kardon surround-sound set. To attach it to my pc I need an s/pdif connecter. I just learned of the existence of Dolby Digital Live and DTS and need some help.
I already bought an audio card (which I can still return): it's the StarTech pexsound7ch
It doesn't have DTS or Dolby Digital and I couldn't find unlocked drivers. So I looked for some other affordable soundcards who do support either DTS or Dolby Digital live.
These are the three I came across which I am considering:
1. Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 €80,26
2. Creative Sound Blaster Z €92,-
3. Terratec Aureon 7.1 USB €42,-

Which one should I buy and why? Or can I unlock the pexsound7ch?
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Sound Card for Computers and laptops
The Terratec Aureon 7.1 USB doesn't appear to do DDL/DTSi encoding, just passthrough; useful for DD/DTS encoded movies only.
 
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Tbh I find that a little bit expensive it's almost 1.5 times as expensive as the omni. Why should I buy this one instead?
 
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Tbh I find that a little bit expensive it's almost 1.5 times as expensive as the omni. Why should I buy this one instead?
Don't buy that one, not the pro model; doesn't have ddl.
This is the Pro model.
If you find cheaper, get the cheaper one, but must be creative or clearly mention ddl.
 

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The pro model isn't available, plus why isn't the Omni or soundblaster z good enough
 
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The pro model isn't available, plus why isn't the Omni or soundblaster z good enough
Elsewhere the provided model (Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB Sound Card) is usually cheaper. That's why I said
If you find cheaper, get the cheaper one, but must be creative or clearly mention ddl.
 

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As explained before I can't buy elsewhere.

But which one is better? the Soundblaster Omni or Soundblaster z?
 
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As explained before I can't buy elsewhere.

But which one is better? the Soundblaster Omni or Soundblaster z?
Z is internal (PCIe), Omni is external (USB).
Audio quality is identical.
 
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What does your pc mother board have as far as on board sound? Most have 5.1/7.1 realtek chip on it which you can do DDL and DTS with provided it has 5/7.1 analog and spdif (or coaxial). Also keep in mind when looking for a card, on mobo, or add on, that it has 5.1 or 7.1 analog, and that your receiver has that too. Reason being is games that dont give you the option in menu to select that as sound out, using ddl or dtsi as your output sound will only play in stereo. To get around that you need to run some 3.5mm jacks to rca from your sound card to your receiver to get it to play in "surround" sound. Most "newer" 4K receiver no longer have these jacks on them, only outputs, and because of that I use older receiver units, most good ones that have 1080P hdmi inputs still have this external in's, and that way I can use my 4K tv as the HDMI switch, and run the spdif cable from my tv to my receiver. Most people dont know this and think they have to buy a 4K receiver, and then everything goes to it, then to the tv. In some cases if your not using the correct hdmi cable that doesnt do 4k at 60HZ (or better) and HDR, will not get everything the tv has to offer then direct plugging everything to the tv and just use the one spdif cable from the tv to any old receiver 4k or not. Of course the older receiver wont do atmos or DD+ and the like in some cases, need to check the specs on the receivers your planning on buying, but for a pc, a old receiver that isnt dolby pro logic only without dd or dts capabilities wont work good, so need something newer then that. Need to be little newer then that, and then you can run that one cable, one from your tv, and one from your computer (provided your on-board or sound card has spdif outs) to the receiver and be done with it. Then you just have to switch things on your pc in the sound setting between analog and digital to do surround sound, and switch the receiver to that input to match.

Since I dont know what harmon you got, or on-board or not, just be sure to get a sound card, usb or not, with both spdif and 5/7.1 analog outs to get the most of it all. And if your receiver doesnt have 5/7.1 analog external inputs I would just suggest you get one dirt cheap at www.shopgoodwill.com, or off ebay and use that to make use of it all if surround sound in games/music/movies is what you are after.

I just saw and hit me, youre not in the US so the goodwill site may not be any good to you, but check your ebay for a good cheap receiver, they are a dime a dozen since most people think they have to have a 4K unit for their 4K tv, not understanding what the glowing red light in the back of the tv is for :p
 
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