6 months ago
So while I'm not in a pressing, immediate need for it, one thing I've noticed with a fair number of potential sound cards is that they seem to claim support for 5.1 or 7.1, but lacking the 1/8" plugs for expected pc speakers to support that many channels. Seems that with a fair number of them, such as the soundblaster Z or the eVGA NuAudio, they expect to support (5/7).1 output via the optical audio. but other than blowing $400+ on speakers, I don't see any obvious way to take that optical feed, and output to the analog that my present speakers expect. So, what kind of converter would I need for that situation?