DTS & Dolby Digital

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May 14, 2009 at 13:52:44
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2.5 GHz / 4094 MB
Besides needing a soundcard with a TOSLINK out and a receiver that is DTS and Dolby Digital compatible, what else do you need to be able to play a movie on a computer with DTS or Dolby Digital sound? Does the card have to be DTS compatible, or does that not matter? Is it only a matter of downloading a DTS and Dolby Digital decoder whether your sound card says it supports it or not? I'm not sure what I extacly need to make my computer DTS and DD compatible. Thanks for the help.


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May 15, 2009 at 04:37:40
definately check that he sound card you get supports 5.1 digital real time encoder built in. Do some googling and reading to choose what sound card fits your budget and specifications,

Typical, top end card & matching price.

though not really required unless its a must have,

what else do you need? well 5.1 surround sound speakers are a must with a half decent sub woofer , any quality brand system will suffice.

btw you dont a toslink wired works just as well, its just another option (for the purists), you can also use spdif, digital coax ,(cheapest =lower quality)



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May 15, 2009 at 11:35:38
Agree with everything you said except this:

"a toslink wired works just as well, its just another option (for the purists), you can also use spdif, digital coax ,(cheapest =lower quality)"

I don't know why so many people think that toslink/optical is better than digital coax. It's kinda like saying that one brand of ethernet cable will provide a user with higher quality YouTube video than another brand. It doesn't, because it's ALL DIGITAL. It either works, or it doesn't--there's no in between.

The same goes for Toslink/optical and digital coax. They both transmit the EXACT SAME digital bitstream. When the data arrives at the receiver, it's decoded and converted into analog audio.

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May 15, 2009 at 13:23:49

other than my bad English, which i should edit & really not post 1st thing in a morning., it shouldve read 'you dont necessarily need toslink...'
I was on my 1st cup of Tea,

re: 'I don't know why so many people think' , yes i agree
i was trying to stay away from that can o worms
& the "I use Specially Ninja Spool wound, samurai high-purity 99.997% oxygen free copper cable that resists corrosion and meteorite impacts brigade.

im awake now :0)

ty for the post

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May 16, 2009 at 11:37:25
Thanks for all the input. I do have nice speakers and everything that is needed for a surround sound system. The only problem I am having is knowing if my sound card needs to be able to support DTS decoding or if I can just use any sound card and download a DVD player that has a DTS decoder.


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May 16, 2009 at 13:17:31
yes your sound card has to support DTS, unless your speaker unit can emulate dolby digital


what make /model is your sound card?

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May 17, 2009 at 11:51:48
Thanks for the advice 1stepbeyond. That link helped me out a bunch!


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