Home Theater Receivers

By Vehementi ยท 80 replies
Dec 25, 2002
  1. rubjonny

    rubjonny TS Rookie Posts: 19

    The only way to fix it is to get a sound card that can encode a 5.1 AC3 stream on the fly, and I'm afraid the ONLY sound controller that can do it (at the moment) is firmly lodged on the NForce mobo, and Nvidia don't seem to want to release a standalone soundcard based on it.

    I'm dissapointed that creative haven't done this, I mean they're always boasting about how powerfull the audio controller on the Audig is ;)

    Fine excuse to upgrade I would say, shame the nforce don't do EAX3 :(
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,704

    Don't be so quick about that johnny, I saw the Philips Acoustic Edge at Best Buy today and it said it could encode 5.1 audio for music and games and stuff. But I won't buy it :)

    Man I splurged today. I got a pair of KLH speakers for $43, , a Nike psa mp3 player for $35, and speaker wire. Now I'm out of money :haha:

    And my center channel came :)
  3. rubjonny

    rubjonny TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Hmmmm looks interesting! Are you sure its talking about encoding a digital 5.1 AC3 audio stream, or just making any audio source 'virtual 5.1' for audio which doesn't include centre + sub channels?

    I'm planning to buy one of these for my DVD box soon anyway, I'll let you know how I get on!
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,704

    OK just answer me this question:

    Is there any way I can get the Audigy to send my receiver at least 4 channel output? I'm talking about the rear speakers showing up as "rear left and right" in the Audigy setup and the front speakers "front left and right". Is there any way EAX enabled games can use the rear speakers seperate of the front? Is there any special feature in my receiver that lets me combine two inputs into one?
  5. rubjonny

    rubjonny TS Rookie Posts: 19

    The only way you would be able to do this is if your amp has a set of analogue inputs for external decoders, my amp has this feature and its the only way to get 4+ channel sound from games.

    You would have to select 'ext decdr' or something on the amp. Just have a look round the back and look for 6 inputs in a group somewhere.

    This will also work fine with DVDs if the DVD playback program lets you specify 4+ speaker output. Of course you could keep the digital plug in as well as the analogue cables as well giving you the best of both!
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,704

    I realy want more sound to come out of my big surround speakers - would it be alright if I just pumped up the volume on those two? Or is it not how the receiver should be heard? They're probably the best speakers out of the bunch and I want to hear more sound out of them!
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