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Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect Pack
Note: This product will be delivered as a software download. No physical discs will be provided.
Experience high-quality surround sound from your PC through your home theater with Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect. It encodes your PC\'s multi-channel audio into a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream and outputs it from your soundcard\'s digital out (S/PDIF), via a single digital cable into your home theater system.
Uses a single digital cable connection - This ensures the integrity of the audio signal and eliminates the confusion, hassle and clutter of multiple analog and digital connections.
Transforms all PC audio signals into a Dolby Digital or DTS signal - This enables playback of PC audio over millions of home theater systems equipped with Dolby Digital or DTS decoding.
Optimized for low-latency interactive applications - No perceptible delay between video and audio in game play.
Provide realistic 5.1-channel surround sound effects during interactive video gameplay - Immerses PC and game console players in a highly realistic game experience
Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect enables you to enjoy audio from your PC or game console through your home theater. It encodes (in real-time) the PC\'s multi-channel audio into a Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream and outputs it from the soundcard\'s digital out (S/PDIF), via a single digital cable into home theater receiver system. Stereo content (MP3, WMA, CD audio or games) that is transformed into 5.1 surround sound using Creative CMSS-3D or DTS Neo:PC can also benefit from this encoding scheme that will further enhance the entertainment value of your Sound Blaster X-Fi. With Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect, the confusion of multiple cables will be eliminated and the integrity of the audio signal will be kept pristine.
The real-time interactive capabilities of these encoding technologies (Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect) are ideally suited to PCs and video game consoles because they reproduce audio cues and effects that follow the on-screen action, transforming gameplay into an exciting and realistic entertainment experience.
Systems using Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect technology can provide Dolby Digital or DTS (5.1-channel surround sound) during gameplay, immersing players in high-quality surround sound that puts them at the center of the action. Gamers hear every window shatter, feel every explosion, and experience every wipeout.
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4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Doesn't work. At all.Apr 29, 2012
By Mike Mosley
Product lists my sound card (Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Audio) as a supported product, asks that I download the latest drivers (which I do) but it still says that the product cannot be found after I purchase and attempt to install. No telephone numbers listed for support, no installation instructions... Simply doesn't work. I have submitted a complaint to the better business bureau and will NEVER purchase another Creative product.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Does exactly what it says it willJan 05, 2013
I have a old Creative X-Fi sound card from an older PC. I just built a new Windows 7 machine and thought this card might be worth a shot in my new system. Took a bit to find Windows 7 drivers for it but when I did it worked perfectly but it was then that I remembered that PC games only work in analog surround sound and not Dolby Digital like a PS3. I hadn't played any PC games for years so I had forgotten that. After looking to see if there was a way to get Dolby Digital to work I found this download pack from Creative Labs and decided to give it a shot. It works flawlessly. Been playing Deus Ex 3 all morning with it. I have Dolby Digital surround sound running with the game now. I can even do DTS Connect with this product too. My Onkyo receiver does DTS but I haven't tried that option with this sound card yet.
In short: YES! It works! For those that are having issues I can only assume that they are doing something wrong or they are using a different sound card than me or have the wrong sound card drivers or something. Also, maybe if you have a 3rd party card that wasn't made by Creative that could be an issue as well. It works for me though and I'm happy.
PS: there were a few parts of the process that might make you question.
1. The download link after you buy this. You might assume that since it's a download and not a physical product that you get the link immediately. You don't. You have to wait a few hours or so and you will be emailed the link.
2. Activation. The Dolby Digital Live will not work until you activate your download with Creative.
3. Setting it up. Open the Creative Audio Control Panel. Go to the ENCODER tab and select Dolby Digital Live. In the drop down list above it make sure that "Select Device" is your creative sound card. On the FLEXIJACK tab I have Digital/IO selected but I don't know if this matters or not. Next, right click your sound icon in the Windows system tray and choose Playback Devices. You might be tempted to think that your default device should be SPDIF out (Creative) but that's incorrect. Select Speakers (Creative) as your default device. Under the properties of the Speakers I have the CUSTOM tab selecting "Enable Digital IO" but I don't know if it was necessary or not.
After that it's a matter of setting your receiver correctly. On my Onkyo I choose DVD (Auto COAX) and Dolby Digital automatically lights up if the PC is on. Remember, you have to use a coax cable to connect your PC to your receiver to make this work. You could also use a toslink (digital optical) cable as well if your sound card and receiver support that but my experience with toslink cables has left me thinking coax is better.
That's it. It should work! I wish the download came with an instruction manual because it looks like some people are having a a hard time figuring it out. I hope this review helps though. The product does work and it is awesome!
Oh yeah... one more thing. I hooked the breakout box from my old Audigy ZS2 Platinum to this X-Fi card and that works too! Awesome x100!
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Does work, but needs careful set up.Sep 08, 2012
By R. Stevenson
I have a Soundblaster x-fi Fatal1ty sound card. I ran into the usual problem of not getting Dolby digital 5.1 surround with SPDIF fibre optic output from the card - which does seem a little odd, since on initial reading of the box with dolby digital written all over it, it would imply support, but on careful scrutiny and reading it doesn't.
After the install you get an extra tab in the "creative audio control panel" called "encoder". This gives you the ability to select Dolby Digital live or DTS sound and get this output from SPDIF on your device. Initially it didn't work and I had to search the internet for a solution. It is rather simple to fix, you have to go to windows control panel/manage audio devices and make SPEAKERS your default device NOT SPDIF. It is really important to realise this as most people, as I did would automatically select SPDIF as the default but you don't get 5.1 sound if you do it that way.
In creative control launcher, ensure you have 5.1 speakers selected and test that you get the voices come out of the correct speakers. Also ensure this is done in windows control panel as well. The games/dvd's will then give DD 5.1 sound as default.
I did feel very satisied to get it working. It is quite remarkable that a sound card so old can do something very new with a very simple and cheap bit of software. It saved me the hassle and expense of upgrading the sound card. There are two reasons why I am not giving the product 5 stars. First reason is that the software was a hassle to get working and it would help if instructions came with it or creative informed buyers of how to correctly set up. The 2nd reason is that now and again there is slight drop outs in the sound, this may happen once an hour or once a day and can happen more with some games than others. These drop outs are maybe half a second long at the most. I am pretty sure it's the software encoding of Dolby digital 5.1 on an old card that loses the place occaisionaly as I never had any drop out issues before. It is a very small negative and I can live with it.
The software would benefit from a small patch to fix these small issues. It is a very good product overall and very glad to purchase.
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Make sure this works with your sound card!Aug 16, 2012
By Just Another Joe
Bought this for Asus Maximus V Gene to try to get virtual 5.1 through the headset. DOESN'T WORK. Says that the software couldn't find a supported product.
For Dolby Headphone SurroundMay 20, 2013
By Terryll Rainey
I got this because there were licensing issues between creative and dolby and this was their solution. I needed it for my new turtle beach wireless headphones and with the dolby surround from the optical out on my X-Fi Platinum Fata1ity Champion, the headphone adapter converts it to dolby headphone surround. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't heard it for myself, but I'm a gamer and I can hear from any direction with incredible accuracy both in front and behind. If you need this, it's definitely worth the $5. If you've already bought this for a former model from creative, don't buy it again, the old one will work just fine.
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