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March 10, 2009 at 01:12:48
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2.5 GHz / 4094 MB
I want to build a new system for movies, so being able to play a DVD in DTS or Dolby Digital is a must :) My only question is that do I have to buy a sound card that says it can play DTS or Dolby Digital? I'm going to be hooking my sound card up to my receiver via an optical cable. My receiver says it's DTS and Dolby Digital ready, so I figured my sound card doesn't need to have it. I'm so confused :( Thanks for reading!

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March 10, 2009 at 02:30:37
You'll want a sound card that can do Dolby Digital Live and/or DTS Connect.

DDL and DTS-C both encode regular PC audio into a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream, then send it out the light tube to your receiver. DTS-C is preferable, as it encodes and streams DTS at 1536 Kbps. DDL, in comparison, only encodes and streams Dolby Digital audio at 640Kbps. If you have a decent audio setup, you will hear a difference between the two formats.

All Creative X-Fi and Auzentech cards support DDL and DTS-C. I *think* that the Asus Xonar line of cards also support the technology. Many motherboards aimed at the HTPC market have integrated audio that can do DDL.

Socket 939³
Dual-core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz
2x 8800GTS in SLI
4GB CL2 PC3200
Blu-ray burner
X-Fi Ti Pro PCI-E
Antec P182
Samsung 24" LCD
Vista 64


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#2
March 10, 2009 at 02:45:37
Darn, so it looks like I'm going to have to spend a lot of money after all. Thanks for the information. You helped out a ton!!!

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June 2, 2009 at 23:54:15
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