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Old September 30, 2009, 10:10 PM
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I'm going to start setting up a proper audio setup for my computer - 5.1 mostly for gaming but some music too. I plan to use a receiver fed with digital coax. Is there any difference over using onboard vs. a sound card? I'm not sure if a sound card would do any post processing adding anything to the signal.
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I'm going to start setting up a proper audio setup for my computer - 5.1 mostly for gaming but some music too. I plan to use a receiver fed with digital coax. Is there any difference over using onboard vs. a sound card? I'm not sure if a sound card would do any post processing adding anything to the signal.
None.

Once you use digital its up to the receiving end to decode the signal.
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Old September 30, 2009, 10:23 PM
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Heh, that almost seems too easy. So what's with all the formats I hear about WRT sound cards and gaming (not familiar with them just know they exist... maybe ancient history too). I'm not going to miss out on any crazy sound effects?
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Well, if you use a dedicated sound-card, you'll get better frames in games, especially if you like having the sound-quality on high. Also, X-Fi cards can still process X-Fi effects before sending the signal through digital, so if you like using X-Fi on supported games, that's something to consider.
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