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  • glottis
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Transferring 5.1 digitally between sound cards...
Hi,

I have the following hardware:

Terratec Aureon Universe 7.1
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
5.1 Speaker system with analogue inputs

I want to keep the speakers attached to the Terratec card, because I prefer it for music, but I want to be able to use the Audigy for games on all channels too, because the Aureon sucks in games.  However, swapping cables every time is a hassle, and the Terratec front-module has some digital inputs, so:
Is it possible to simply run the digital out on my Audigy to the digital in on the Terratec, and set it up to play 5.1 audio on the analogue outputs?  This will not be AC3 or DTS - I just want standard multi-channel output used in most games.

I'm a pretty advanced pc user, but I have no decent understanding of multi-channel audio formats etc (as you can probably tell).

Thanks

glottis

  • breez
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Transferring 5.1 digitally between sound cards...
Reply #1
No, because AC3 or DTS is required for multichannel over S/PDIF and Audigy encodes to neither of those (Soundstorm DSP is currently the only consumer soundchip which does the trick by encoding AC3 realtime).

  • glottis
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Transferring 5.1 digitally between sound cards...
Reply #2
Ah right, OK dude, thanks for that