Re: Sound card and 5.1 Surrond sound speakers
Onboard sound is crap, period. It doesn't matter how much gadgetery it has on it. Its just seriously bad (I have my experience)
A good sound card, for good speakers needs Optical in my opinion, though SPDIF is a digital connection also.
If you get a sound card that handles Dolby Digital, game sound would be amazing (that is as long as PC games support Dolby Digital? Strange if they don't considering consoles do)
Even my Creative X-Fi sound card doesn't support Dolby Digital, and to get 5.1 in games, I have to connect them to a Direct port, with the 3 wires to get surround sound, whereas, my Xbox 360 plugs straight up with Optical, and my speakers say "YAY, Dolby Digital", and run in 5.1 flawlessly with no loss.
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