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Need a USB sound card with 5.1 output

post #1 of 7
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Hi all. I need a USB sound card for my laptop so that I can connect my receiver with my computer. I want both S/PDIF (for DD & DTS) and 5.1 analog output with it. Creative Audigy 2 NX may be a choice, but is really hard to find. Do you have some other recommendations? Thanks!
post #2 of 7
There's one by Sondigo. There's also:

A Zalman model
.
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro
And an external Toshiba box that's also a USB hub plus other functionality.

I've used the Turtle Beach before, and bought the Zalman and Toshiba too, but never got around to opening them!
post #3 of 7
If you have Vista on your laptop, think again.
post #4 of 7
I bought this one - GWC USB 5.1 channel audio adapter from mwave.com. It's generic and cheap but it's working okay for me.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by mcnabney View Post

If you have Vista on your laptop, think again.

I've been thinking about this statement and am now pretty sure I have no idea what this means. Elaboration?
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your comments. But I'm not sure if these cards have 5.1 analog output for DD/DTS? I didn't find the audio output jack on them...
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by solofrain View Post

Thank you for all your comments. But I'm not sure if these cards have 5.1 analog output for DD/DTS? I didn't find the audio output jack on them...

The Zalman one definitely has analogue outputs too. It was designed with their 5.1 headphones in mind.
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