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Is the HT Omega Striker "good?"

By Stealth3si
Dec 19, 2010
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  1. What is a good sound card for "HTPC?"

    I have an Audigy 2.

    I also have a WDTV Live that passes DD/DTS 5.1 digital source via Optical TOSLink cable.

    And I can't get this signal out to my 5.1 speakers via the analog outputs because it only accepts stereo PCM via the digital inputs and it can't decode DD or DTS.

    So I'm on a quest to find a sound card that:

    1.) can decode DD and DTS
    2.) has a TOSLink optical digital input that accepts DD/DTS 5.1
    3.) has a TOSLink optical digital input that works with the analog output, meaning it will convert the digital 5.1 sound to analog 5.1 output
    4.) has multi-channel analog output
    5.) has PCI slot

    The only one I found so far that comes closest to it is an HT Omega Striker. Close but no cigar.

    Why?

    It doesn't meet any of the above three requirements, though I could be wrong.

    Has anyone who has this card or used it before confirm with me that it can do any of those things I just mentioned?

    In this context, is it any "good?"
  2. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    It turns out the answer is no. :(

    See here.

    My only other options seems to be Creative X-Fi Platinum Pro or Elite Pro.
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,003   +11

    looks like you need a decoder instead. Creative DDTS100 is good example but it's been discontinued. time for new receiver?
  4. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    I just found out Creative has some cards that can do this, at least under Windows XP.

    I'd need new speakers along with that though.
  5. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    What is a good sound card for "HTPC?" split from "Is the HT Omega Striker "good?""

    I apologize in advance if this thread appears to be a re-hash of another thread I previously created.

    The reason why I created this particular thread is because after some deliberation, I decided to upgrade my mobo, Ram, and GPU so I can watch my desired videos from the PC in lieu of the WDTV Live, which would free it from my room to be viewed in other parts of the house by the family.

    Another important reason why I opened this thread is because I want to open up my options to other alternatives and I believe I can accomplish this task by creating a survey for anyone to voluntarily take. It will only take a few minutes of your time and this would really help me quantify my data so I can make an educated purchase.

    Here goes.

    I prepared a short survey for my OT because I wanted to re-evaluate my original question and better rephrase it in a different format that would make my decision-making process more accessible to all of us. I've provided much information as necessarily possible so please let me know if there's anything you need to know to make an informed suggestion.

    Basically I was wondering if you can include a list of sound cards (PCI-E or PCI) by voting for the best sound card in different categories for me to tally and choose from so I can have an idea which one to buy. I think most likely the higher-end sound cards may be overkill for my "HTPC" system where digital speakers, amps and AVRs are nonexistent, so to gauge the budget, I'd say something that is a sustainable upgrade (from either onboard sound or an Audigy 2) at a "bang for the buck" range.

    In a distant future far away I will upgrade to digital speakers and amp/receiver, by which time I shall return and seek the appropriate sound card.

    But for now, here are my current HTPC audio sources.

    ·Speaker setup: Analog 5.1.
    ·Headphone: "foam-removed" Sennhesier HD-555.
    ·Audio movie source: lossy compressed DD and DTS encoded in AC3/DTS bitstreams, 640kpbs-1.5Mbps. They are not HD-Audio as in TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc. There are no external video hardware involved, just files downloaded via filehosting site.
    ·Audio music source: lossy compresed MP3s with optimally encoded variable to 320kbps high bitrates. (Both audio movie/music sources are from my personal backups globally stored in a remote clandestine server.)
    ·Audio videogame sources are PC titles.

    The following categories are soundcard application objectives that I intend to do with the soundcard, ordered by significance:

    Category 1: Analog playback via internal DAC
    Category 2: Movies
    Category 3: Music
    Category 4: Games

    Each category is divided by 3 tiers.

    Tier 1 = The best soundcard for its category.
    Tier 2 = An excellent soundcard for its category.
    Tier 3 = A good soundcard for its category.

    Examples of what I mean:

    Category 1: Analog playback via internal DAC
    Tier 1 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro ----> the best soundcard for Analog playback via internal DAC.
    Tier 2 = Turtle Beach ----> an excellent soundcard for Analog playback via internal DAC.
    Tier 3 = Asus HDAV13 Deluxe ----> a good soundcard for Analog playback via internal DAC

    Category 2: Movies
    Tier 1 = Xplosion ----> the best soundcard for Movies
    Tier 2 = Asus Xonar D2X ----> an excellent soundcard for Movies
    Tier 3 = HT Omega Striker ----> a good soundcard for Movies

    Category 3: Music
    Tier 1 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro ----> the best soundcard for Music
    Tier 2 = Xplosion ----> an excellent soundcard for Music
    Tier 3 = X-Fi XtremeMusic ----> a good soundcard for Music

    Category 4: Games
    Tier 1 = Creative Fatal1ty ----> the best soundcard for Games
    Tier 2 = Xplosion ----> an excellent soundcard for Games
    Tier 3 = HT Omega Claro ----> a good soundcard for Games


    As you can see, I've placed soundcards that excel in particular areas than others, while also placing them again in different categories > tiers. These are just examples, which show I know next to nothing. Hence, I humbly seek your advice.
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    So I would appreciate if someone could "vote" for their favorite or best sound card you think deserves their place and please completely fill out all 4 categories as you possibly can.

    Can you please limit only one instance of a specific sound card model per category but there can also be multiple different models of the same company per category.

    For instance, I would prefer the following:

    Category 1: Analog playback via internal DAC
    Tier 1 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro
    Tier 2 = Creative X-Fi Platinum
    Tier 3 = Asus HDAV13 Deluxe


    But not like this:

    Category 1: Analog playback via internal DAC
    Tier 1 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro
    Tier 2 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro
    Tier 3 = Creative X-Fi Elite Pro


    Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again.





    And here is the actual survey:

    Category 1: Analog playback via internal DAC
    Tier 1 = ____________
    Tier 2 = ____________
    Tier 3 = ____________

    Category 2: Movies
    Tier 1 = ____________
    Tier 2 = ____________
    Tier 3 = ____________

    Category 3: Music
    Tier 1 = ____________
    Tier 2 = ____________
    Tier 3 = ____________

    Category 4: Games
    Tier 1 = ____________
    Tier 2 = ____________
    Tier 3 = ____________
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,435   +218

    Threads merged instead of having two overlapping threads.
  7. Stealth3si

    Stealth3si TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    What is a good low profile sound card that is comparable to the Asus Xonar D2?


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