Sound card 5.1 to 7.1 optical out

Hey guys I have a dell t7400 workstation and I’m hunting down a good sound card for it
I have plenty of spare pci x slots that I can install pci cards into

I just need a sound card that can supply me with 5.1 and 7.1 optical audio (should I ever upgrade my surround sound DVD player from 5.1), is a pci slot and have a audio and mic jack so I can use my turtle beach headset with microphone

I’m not after spending too much just a list of good cards I can look at and decide on

Thanks
Bernie
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  1. Optical is limited to three audio formats:

    -) 2.0 PCM
    -) 5.1 Dolby Digital
    -) 5.1 DTS

    Most PC audio is not in Dolby/DTS formats, and you'll need a soundcard that supports realtime encoding to one of the two (Dolby Digital Live or DTS-Connect).

    Also, when using optical you aren't using your soundcards DAC; if all you want is optical output you may as well just purchase a cheap USB to Optical cable rather then a dedicated soundcard.

    There is no way to get 7.1 out of optical.
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