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Old 02-10-2004, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 5.1 surround vs 5.1 dolby

Hey ive recently been looking into some 5.1 headphones. my on board sound doesnt support it so i need a new sound card. my quesion is there a difference between 5.1 surround cards and regular 5.1 any help would be great thanks.

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Old 02-10-2004, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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5.1 means it has two front speakers, a center channel, a sub, and two surround. no matter if it says "5.1 surround" it should be the same as regular 5.1.

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Old 02-10-2004, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What he said and dolby is one of the thing's that sound card decodes.

On my Audigy 2 Z's you can select the type of speaker's your listening too from 2.1 (2 speaker's) - 7.1 (7 speaker's + base usualy).You can even just select Headphones.

Some speaker's have decoder's. Were you really dont need a upgraded sound card.Your on board card would be fine.

Someone going from 2 gateway 2000 speakers i bought in 1992 and an internal sound card.Is mind blowing the sound coming from my puter now.
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