Originally Posted by Turtle24999
One other question. Would a soundblaster 7.1 card support a 5.1 surround speaker system? Would you comprimise sound quality?
The Soundblaster 7.1 channel cards will support 5.1 surround speaker systems. Some support 2.1 channels! The settings in the Soundblaster menus allow you to test/set up your system, adjust the EQ, Sample Rates...
Sound quality isn't compromised at all by using 5.1 speaker system over a 7.1 system. You'll just loose the left & right middle speakers.
The decent Soundblaster cards have a S/N ratio well over 105dB and will output at 96K sample rates in 24 bit word lengths!
And if your into your music production then they make brilliant audio interfaces for the starters with their low latency drivers.