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Dolby Digital 5.1 capable ?

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  1. SGtheArtist

    SGtheArtist Thread Starter

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    I have setup my computer so that it can play DVD's and I started considering Dolby Digital 5.1 (DD 5.1) sound systems that have the DD 5.1 decoders in them but I'm not sure if my sound card supports the capability to send a DD 5.1 signial to the sound system. Now I don't know if a sound card needs anything special or if a coax S/PDIF or optical S/PDIF output jack is all that's necessary to send the DD 5.1 signal. The sound card I have is (I believe) manufactured by A-Trend
    and it is a Harmony 3DS724A High Quality Yamaha PCI 3D Sound SONDIUS-XG Wavetable Synthesis with;

    Speaker Out/Line Out
    Line In
    Mic In
    MIDI/Joystick
    S/PDIF

    jacks. And so my question is if I were to get a DD 5.1 sound system which had its own DD 5.1 decoder inside could my sound card send the DD 5.1 signal or would I have to purchase a special sound card for this and why?
     
  2. LarryCore

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    You are all set.

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>S/PDIF port for direct digital audio output to AC-3 decoders and speaker systems <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    AC-3 is an older term for 5.1 - they are the same thing.

    That quote came from A-Trend.
    http://www.a-trend.com/related/datc6655.html
     
  3. SGtheArtist

    SGtheArtist Thread Starter

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    Thanks Larry thats sooo coool! I appreciate it.
     
  4. LarryCore

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    My pleasure.

    Just remember to keep those speakers spread out. 5.1 is great, but if the rears and fronts are too close it doesn't do much good.
     
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