NF7-S SoundStorm: Dolby Digital (Decode or passthrough?)

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Wayne Youngman, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Hello again,

    just a quickie :p

    I am not actually sure whether this new SoundStorm can *decode* DD5:1 or
    just passes it through (bypass). I been out the PC audio loop for years, my
    last audio investment was a Creative SB-LIVE! Platinum + Cambridge DTT2500.
    This older set-up just plays DD5:1 fine via pass-through and the amp decodes
    the 5:1 signal. I'm aware all the cards since then have included the option
    to handle DD5:1 decoding in the soundcard themselves, including SoundStorm?

    Basically just trying to work out what my best option is, I guess I would
    like to have a proper separate AMP and proper speakers (semi pro like!) but
    I would like it to handle my EAX games, play proper digital audio, Dolby
    digital etc. . .

    any input. .
    Wayne ][

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    Wayne Youngman, Oct 16, 2003
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  2. Wayne Youngman

    JT Guest

    Are we talking about decoding (e.g. playing a DVD with DD5.1 signal via
    the analog speaker outputs) or encoding, e.g. generating a 5.1 dolby
    signal on the digital output (optical)?

    I think most systems can decode (play back) and pass through DD51 -
    however SoundStorm can *generate* a dolby digital 5.1 signal. This way
    you can use a Dolby Digital AMP connected to the optical S/PDIF to play

    AFAIK SoundStorm does support EAX 2 but not EAX 3 (Advanced HD).

    JT, Oct 16, 2003
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  3. Wayne Youngman

    Wblane Guest

    But it doesn't work! At least it doesn't work right. The only game I've got
    that seems to work well w/EAX is Half Life. Everything else (Enter the Matrix,
    NOLF2, Tron 2.0, MOHAA:Spearhead ends up having
    too soft or far too loud sound effects. EAX sounds a lot worse than my old SB
    PCI64 (which I'm not sure if it even supported EAX).

    -Bill (remove "botizer" to reply via email)
    Wblane, Oct 16, 2003
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