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Since I can't afford to buy a rotel pre/processor yet, I wanted to know

if there is a sound card I could use in the interim that could decode dolby

and DTS for a 5.1 system. I would use an HTPC to get the digital audio

from an external DVD player and then feed the output from the PC into

my bank of amps driving my speakers. I have already built all the speakers

(Audax home theater kit) and picked up a couple of used carver amps.
 

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I don't believe this is true. The Audigy 2 has hardware dolby digital decoding, but not DTS. The best way I know of to get DTS decoding is to just use software. There are versions of both the WinDVD and PowerDVD audio filters that will do both Dolby Digital and DTS. Once you have that, you can use any 5.1 channel sound card to give you analog out for your powered speakers. Many motherboards now come with 5.1 sound onboard. If you are concerned about audio quality, you are probably better off with the M-Audio Revolution than the Audigy 2. I should note, that the Revolution does still have some issues, you can do a search here to read about them.


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Hi all,

I emailed soundblaster tech support, but they were not much help. Based on what I could see on their website, the audigy only has dolby decoding.

I don't plan on using an internal DVD drive, I intend to use my panasonic

standalone dvd player, so I won't be able to use somthing like WinDVD.

It looks like the hardware is out there, like the M-Audio, but we just

don't have the software. If I were a programmer, I would take a shot at

developing somthing like that, IMHO you could make a powerful audio

processor that should be able to rival some hi-end units.
 
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