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    Lightbulb Dolby Digital Live?

    Hey guys,

    Does the C6H Sound chip support Dolby Digital Live?
    If not, is there a way to install some addon software to enable it? (I know about the hacked Realtek drivers but those are creating more issues than they are solving)

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    Dolby live/ DTS are both proprietary codecs. Companies have to pay licensing fees to implement them on products. The C6H does support the codecs at the hardware level, but it has been disabled in drivers. Theres a newer 'hacked' driver file that combines a driver for the same chip (from Microsoft I think) which supports dolby / DTS and the asus software package posted by the user 'Lord Chunks', however this may also make more problems.

    Bottom line is if you want a reliable way to use dolby / dts encoding, you need a dedicated sound card that supports it. (I wouldn't recommend creative cards.)

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    Yep.

    Either try this: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...l=1#post686975
    Which Iam using myself with 0 problems to this day, but its not digitally signed driver so be sure to read instructions.

    Or this as mentioned, from Lord Chunks: https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...o-Driver-Fixed
    But I didnt try that one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknownmiscreant View Post
    Dolby live/ DTS are both proprietary codecs. Companies have to pay licensing fees to implement them on products. The C6H does support the codecs at the hardware level, but it has been disabled in drivers. Theres a newer 'hacked' driver file that combines a driver for the same chip (from Microsoft I think) which supports dolby / DTS and the asus software package posted by the user 'Lord Chunks', however this may also make more problems.

    Bottom line is if you want a reliable way to use dolby / dts encoding, you need a dedicated sound card that supports it. (I wouldn't recommend creative cards.)
    To be fair I'm so angry with my Sound Blaster Z that I'm ready to pay the f***ing licensing fee just that I have a properly working DDL.
    After looking here and there I finally made a hacked driver myself and for the time being it work OK. The only issue is that Realtek never sounds like Creative (when working correctly) I'm just addicted to the sound that Creative sound cards produce... but after haveng so many problems with them over the years I'm beginning to thing that all the issues are just not worth it...
    It would have been nice on ASUS'es side if they payed the stupid licenses and given their highest end ROG motherboards at least DDL but...
    At least give us an option for something like a DLC or an addon. A driver with official support and some software enhancements like Sound Blaster X-Fi MB for instance for some price...

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    Yeah, true true. There's alot of things wrong with this board.

    As for the creative cards, there's a special patch that needs to be installed separately to sort out compatibility with Asus motherboards. The user jbasemione had some issues with this earlier this year.

    Good on you for hacking your own drivers. I never trust those who do that sort of thing and provide it for free.

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    Yeah, true true. There's alot of things wrong with this board.

    As for the creative cards, there's a special patch that needs to be installed separately to sort out compatibility with Asus motherboards. The user jbasemione had some issues with this earlier this year.

    Good on you for hacking your own drivers. I never trust those who do that sort of thing and provide it for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknownmiscreant View Post
    Yeah, true true. There's alot of things wrong with this board.

    As for the creative cards, there's a special patch that needs to be installed separately to sort out compatibility with Asus motherboards. The user jbasemione had some issues with this earlier this year.

    Good on you for hacking your own drivers. I never trust those who do that sort of thing and provide it for free.
    Thanks a Million!

    I found the thread in question and after reading and checking some other links, I found a new unreleased (probably BETA) Creative driver and after its installation, everything works normal... for now...
    Driver: http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=742124
    BTW the registry file from jbasemione's thread did not seem to work for me and this is why I continued to dig around till I struck gold

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    Oh and BTW there is nothing that makes you appreciate Creative's sound quality more than using an integrated Realtek s**t for a couple of days! The difference is night and day. When I switched from the SB Z to the Creative, it was worse but it was bearable, and after a while you are getting used to it. But the moment I put the SB Z back....!!!!! Oh my...
    I'm using a SONY 5.1 Soundbar system over the Optical connection.

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    Can't remember exactly what happened in that thread. It wouldn't surprise me if the registry tweak failed. I do remember the issues were only resolved by the unreleased/hidden/beta drivers. Glad you've got it sorted either way.

    I nearly bought a SB Z myself a while ago, but decided to go for an Asus card instead, as creative drivers seem to suck to big one. Not sure if its been any better though, my drivers crash every time a plug in a USB device. Although I think that may be down some USB sniffing software I have installed for reverse engineering a UPS.

    The onboard audio is ok, a damn sight better than my oneplus 3. But definitely worse than a sound card. The mic input on my strix soar is an entire universe better than the onboard jacks.

    Also whilst a good idea, I'm not entirely sure how well a 'DLC addon' for DTS/Dolby would go down. Intel got slammed for the raid keys for X299, and I don't see how this would be much different. Oh well, thats just my $0.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknownmiscreant View Post
    Can't remember exactly what happened in that thread. It wouldn't surprise me if the registry tweak failed. I do remember the issues were only resolved by the unreleased/hidden/beta drivers. Glad you've got it sorted either way.

    I nearly bought a SB Z myself a while ago, but decided to go for an Asus card instead, as creative drivers seem to suck to big one. Not sure if its been any better though, my drivers crash every time a plug in a USB device. Although I think that may be down some USB sniffing software I have installed for reverse engineering a UPS.

    The onboard audio is ok, a damn sight better than my oneplus 3. But definitely worse than a sound card. The mic input on my strix soar is an entire universe better than the onboard jacks.

    Also whilst a good idea, I'm not entirely sure how well a 'DLC addon' for DTS/Dolby would go down. Intel got slammed for the raid keys for X299, and I don't see how this would be much different. Oh well, thats just my $0.02.
    Regarding the Strix SOAR, does it support DDL? Also I don't see a normal optical connector on it..?
    Regarding the USB crashes, it may be related to the fact that most ASUS Sound cards are using a USB C-media chip. Basically you have a PCIe to USB bridge on the card and the audio chip is connected to that bridge...

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