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5.1 or EAX?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by RhysF, 1 Feb 2006.

  1. RhysF


    Joined: 1 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2

    Hi, what does everybody think is better for gaming - 5.1 surround or EAX?

    Currently I have my computer running though my home theatre speakers - problem is that the only multichannel input is dolby digital over the SPDIF connection.
    As far as I can see there are three options:

    1: EAX with stereo - use my audigy, but only get stereo in games
    2: 5.1 Surround - use kx drivers to get dolby encoded surround in games (but no EAX support)
    3: Get a Dolby Digital Live soundcard which supports both

    I've been aiming for number 3, but so far haven't found a Dolby Digital Live soundcard in stock anywhere for sensible money, so I'm trying to decide which is the best fallback option until I find one.

  2. BobMarley


    Joined: 31 Jan 2006

    Posts: 24

    I would go for 5.1 with no EAX. With BF2 I cannot notice a difference between EAX and no EAX. Other games you can, like Unreal Tournament 2004.

    However, the difference 5.1 makes is worth sacrificing EAX in my opinion. Although obviously getting the Dolby Digital Live card would be the ideal solution.
    Last edited: 1 Feb 2006