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    Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    As the title says I am after a sound card with DD/DTS decoding.

    I am running Windows 7 and would prefer EAX 5 if possible.

    Can't figure what will and won't work.

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    Re: Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    I can only guess you mean encoding, rather then decoding.....

    If so, any soundcard with the "Dolby Digital Live" feature will do what you want......there are quite a few cards out there now from a number of manufacturers that support it.
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    Re: Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    No I really do mean decoding, as in plug a DD/DTS source in via opitical and it will decode and output to my PC speaker system.

    Seems a feature which isn't used/implemented too often so trying to figure what will do it.

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    Re: Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    Wow, that is an odd request.....it's normally people trying to get DD/DTS to their AV receiver!

    I am not sure of a device that will do it.....can you explain exactly what it is your doing, perhaps there is another solution?
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    Re: Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    Unfortunately there are no sound cards out there that decodes DD/DTS mainly due to licensing laws and (therefore) cards that lack decoding chips.

    Although there was the X-Fi Elite Pro that's able to hardware decode DD/DTS but only on Windows XP.

    By the looks of it, the only way you're going to achieve such set up is to use an AV receiver, looking on the bright side, it's cheaper to buy an AV receiver and a EAX5 compatible sound card than to go for an X-Fi Elite Pro!
    Last edited by DDY; 18-11-2009 at 02:54 PM.

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    Re: Sound card with DD/DTS decoding from external optical.

    I am basically after inputting dolby digital (from a 360) into the PC which then decodes it and plays it on the PC speakers.

    As it is right now I have a X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro and a Seperate decoder (creative DDTS 100) and all works perfectly.

    Interestingly the new drivers for creative say that the decoder features are back in Vista/7 if it was present in XP.

    After more research it does seem the older X-fi do have this feature so I may need to track done and old platinium (or xtrememusic + I/O bay) as the new cards all seem to have it removed.

    Why would I bother I hear you ask? well right now the DDTS 100 decoders are going for a premium as they aren't made anymore and right now I have to flick a switch to go between the decoder and PC. So baiscally I am looking at selling my current Soundcard + decoder and replacing them with a soundcard which does both, this will consolidate all my audio into one place and might make me some money in the process.

    Of course if this will cause problems then I will just leave things as they are.

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