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I have a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series installed in my PC


I am considering purchasing the Sound Blaster Digital I/O module


Is it possible to get 5.1 surround audio from my PC speakers if I connect my Xbox 360 to this setup using the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable?


Does anyone have this setup working? I don't want to purchase that I/O module if I can't do 5.1 with it


Here are a couple of links to the card and the module

Soundcard - http://us.creative.com/products/prod...=15854&listby=

Module - http://us.creative.com/products/prod...p?product=1780
 

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According to the features listed on their site..

Convenient optical and coaxial digital inputs

Digital inputs for connecting to and recording from other digital audio devices.



Looks like it should work just fine.
 

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Originally Posted by ggreen1 /forum/post/15558297


I have a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series installed in my PC


I am considering purchasing the Sound Blaster Digital I/O module


Is it possible to get 5.1 surround audio from my PC speakers if I connect my Xbox 360 to this setup using the Xbox 360 VGA HD AV Cable?


Does anyone have this setup working? I don't want to purchase that I/O module if I can't do 5.1 with it


Here are a couple of links to the card and the module

Soundcard - http://us.creative.com/products/prod...=15854&listby=

Module - http://us.creative.com/products/prod...p?product=1780


In theory, yes it would work, but it may not due to various licensing issues. So long as the sound card has a way to decode dolby digital 5.1 sound to 5.1 PCM and send that on to your speakers, then it will work. I know that Creative soundcards have a longstanding issue with the reverse setup. That is, taking PC side 5.1 PCM and dolby digital encoding that and sending it out over Toslink or coax SPDIF. It's a licensing issue there, as Creative is too cheap to pay Dolby for a license to encode dolby digital. That doesn't necesarrily mean that they haven't paid to license dolby digital decoding though. I have an older Creative Audigy 2 Platinum with optical input and if I can locate a handy DVD player, I'll try sending dolby digital 5.1 from the DVD player to the Audigy to see if it will decode dolby digital. I'd use the 360 but it's buried pretty deep in the entertainment center and it's some 30ft away from the PC and I don't have a 30ft optical cable. Stay tuned.


P.J.


Update. Ok, I tried it with the Audigy 2 platinum and it did decode dolby digital 5.1. That's the good news. The bad news is, that the help file says something about it depending upon the exact model, as some do support dolby digital decode via toslink or spdif coax and some don't. I'm sure the hardware is the same in either case, but to create more product stratification, they enforce artificial limitations. To be sure, they do save money in licensing fees by not licensing dolby digital decode for some models. Looking at the Creative website description for your particular soundcard, if I had to guess, I'd say it doesn't support DD decode. Some other models claim support for Dolby Digital Live, which requires the full dolby encode and decode licensing and those would work, but the one you have doesn't say anything about Dolby Digital Live, nor anything at all about Dolby. So, without actually trying it, I'd bet against it working. There may be hacks available that could fool the installer software into thinking that you have a different model that supports DD decode and so installs the necessary software. You could send 2 channel PCM sound from the 360 to the PC, but that's not really what you're after.


P.J.
 

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It appears it should work but based on reviews for the module at amazon.com and a few posts I saw at the Sound Blaster website I am not so sure


I was hoping since this board has a diverse group of posters that someone here either has the same setup or they know someone who does and can confirm it does work


Thanks for the replies
 

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Hopefully the link below will help someone else who is trying to connect their Xbox 360 to their Sound Blaster X-Fi PC speakers with the hope of getting 5.1 audio.


The list specifies the current models that include the all important Dolby Digital/DTS decode ability.


Long story short if your card does not support DD/DTS decoding you will NOT get 5.1 audio from your 360 through your PC speakers. The best you will be able to do is stereo


http://www.soundblaster.com/X-FiList/


Special Thanks to Valence01 for pretty much confirming that it wouldn't work they way I wanted it to


So I guess what does everyone else do for 5.1 audio when using a PC monitor?
 

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Originally Posted by ggreen1 /forum/post/15582425


Hopefully the link below will help someone else who is trying to connect their Xbox 360 to their Sound Blaster X-Fi PC speakers with the hope of getting 5.1 audio.


The list specifies the current models that include the all important Dolby Digital/DTS decode ability.


Long story short if your card does not support DD/DTS decoding you will NOT get 5.1 audio from your 360 through your PC speakers. The best you will be able to do is stereo


http://www.soundblaster.com/X-FiList/


Special Thanks to Valence01 for pretty much confirming that it wouldn't work they way I wanted it to


So I guess what does everyone else do for 5.1 audio when using a PC monitor?

I did some research a while back to see what it would take to output DD 5.1 from PC to HTR and I ran across this:

http://nomoregoatsoup.wordpress.com/x-fi-drivers/


It didn't do any good for me since I have an Audigy 2 Platinum, but it would appear to provide the full Dolby Digital Live encode and decode capability to the X-FI series. I don't know anything more about it.


There is also:

http://buy.soundblaster.com/


Where Creative offers Dolby Digital Live for $4.72, but it seems to describe the encoder only and what you need is the decoder. I need the encoder, but Creative reneged on their promise to support the Audigy platform.


P.J.
 

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Just a heads up that if you are going to use Guru3D Driver Sweeper, definitely create a restore point prior to using it. It CAN delete system files (especially concerning video) which will make your OS inoperable.
 

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I know this doesn't purtain exactly to the X-fi......

But I have a Audigy 2 notebook and I used it to takes songs off the Sorpano HD DVD and other custom songs on HD DVD's into mp3 or output to speakers.

(and before you flame me taking songs off movies, as I own the movies and not going to distrubute the music, but use it for personel use its legal in CANDA)
 
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