Cheap soundcard with Dolby-in?

pulsar_t

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Hello, I was in a Carrefour store a few weeks ago and I saw this budget soundcard with two of those Dolby "knobs" on the cover. I was in a rush to read the specs (and I even forgot the brand), but I reckon it supports Dolby in and out. I'm getting a 360 which purpotedly has optical Dolby out, and I was to connect that to a soundcard on my PC. The Audigy value series doesn't have it apparently, and I couldn't find anything with a reasonable price (I'm talking sub-$50 here). Is the licensing that skyrockets production costs or do those more-known manufacturer labels reserve Dolby/DTS support only for their higher-end products?
 

g-paw

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This is the least expensive card I've found designed for Dolby. Note the bluegears 192Khz sample rate versus the 96Khz of Turtle Beach. I'm not saying the Turtle Beach is a bad card but to get a higher quality Dolby designed sound card you'll be looking at starting at $100 and the bluegear is likely the best Dolby designed out there without with out going into the $170 or so range. C Media CMI8788 chipset is designed specifically for Dolby
 
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