reisub wrote on Jun 3, 2011, 19:30:You mean the daniel_k drivers that creative said had to be pulled because they said he was infringing?
My memory may well be sketchy on this but for what it's worth I think the ZS (the card I had before my current one) offered the possibility fairly early on and IIRC with daniel_k's drivers you got it for free in the end.
Certainly paled in comparison to the NForce2's hardware solution though. I remember people hanging onto those boards for quite a while for that reason.
reisub wrote on Jun 3, 2011, 16:07:I just did some quick research and its optional in the x-fi series. I didn't see any mention of the audigy.Dev wrote on Jun 2, 2011, 22:20:They've had it since at least the Audigy 2 ZS.
Last time I checked, creative still hadn't added dolby digital live feature to their cards.
PHJF wrote on May 31, 2011, 20:01:Yeah, and that was a feature of nforce 2 mobos with soundstorm YEARS AND YEARS AGO. I really was disappointed in nvidia for dropping that, if they had kept developing the sound chip, those would have been my only mobos from then on. Last time I checked, creative still hadn't added dolby digital live feature to their cards.99% of onboard chips with optical or other digital outs can not output more than stereo in digital format. They downmix it to stereo. My current motherboard does this.
Oh they can output 5.1 just fine as long as the source material is encoded in Dolby Digital format (which 99% of games do not use). A few onboard audio solutions support Dolby Digital Live, which is used to reencode incoming audio put out a proper Dolby Digital signal, the requirement for 5.1 over SPDIF.
Indeed. Everyone else (hardware & software) basically doesn't give a damn about you if you don't have 5.1 audio. Creative is really the only manufacturer producing a product for positional audio with headphones & 2/2.1 speaker configurations.
The Advocate wrote on Jun 1, 2011, 08:05:
Please excuse my ignorance on this. Using HDMI to the receiver, can I pipe out only audio off the video card? It's an MSI 480GTX.
Nate wrote on May 31, 2011, 20:21:
You want to go HDMI. Assuming your receiver supports HDMI or your buying a new one. Then you just need the video card, which you may already have since your reading Blue's News.
reisub wrote on May 31, 2011, 15:00:Indeed. Everyone else (hardware & software) basically doesn't give a damn about you if you don't have 5.1 audio. Creative is really the only manufacturer producing a product for positional audio with headphones & 2/2.1 speaker configurations.
I'm an informed consumer but still choose Creative. I can't live without their HRTF.
The Advocate wrote on May 31, 2011, 13:02:
I used to use onboard sound and it did a very good job with a 5.1 system with those multicolored 1/8" jacks.
Then I moved to a receiver with a home theatre 7.1 setup and discovered that the optical out on my onboard audio only does stereo as confirmed by the board manufacturer.
Regrettably, I am now using a Soundblaster drop-in until I upgrade the whole system and find a board that supports 7.1 Dolby on optical.
Nuhauser wrote on May 31, 2011, 19:45:Multi-threading and more than one core really fixed the whole problem with onboard software based audio, and the system being choked with not enough bandwidth for everything. Well for the most part. You don't really have frame, or rendering problems unless the drivers are a steaming pile of dogshit. Which happens occasionally.
Years ago I saw better framerate performance in games with a soundcard compared to using the sound attached to my motherboard. Wondering if this still applies today? I'd love to see some comparisons.
99% of onboard chips with optical or other digital outs can not output more than stereo in digital format. They downmix it to stereo. My current motherboard does this.