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post #31 of 41
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Originally Posted by li0n View Post
710 hands down, 5.1 or headphones, it's still the better buy.
So a 710 and a switcher? Sounds good.


Where can I get a switcher? I've been looking around and I can't seem to find one. Maybe I'm searching for the wrong keywords.
post #32 of 41
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How is the Plantronics PC audio switcher? It look s sort of Cheesy, but I can't seem to find any other ones.
post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by SpacemanSpiff23 View Post
$93 is considered "cheap"?

Anyway, splitting the sound with a Y-adapter isn't going to diminish the sound quality?
Since the introduction of the newer X-Fi cards, the XtremeMusic has been found for as low as $51 after rebate. Anything less than $100 is a good deal, considering it'll be your source.

Any kind of splitting will diminish sound quality, but a source selector (A/B box), whether passive (using contacts) or active (using electronics) might be a better idea, as Gatticus suggested.

Also, remember that with the AV-710 you can either use the superior DAC for two channel or the inferior DACs for 5.1 channel, but you can't use both DACs at the same time. You'll have to either split the front channels of the 5.1 outputs with the VIA DACs, or split the two-channel alternate output with the Wolfson DAC. Basically, if you use the AV-710's 5.1 outputs, it probably won't be significantly better than onboard sound.
post #34 of 41
why not just leave both cables by your PC and have them easily available and just swap the cable when you want to switch between phones or speakers. sure it might sound cumbersome but youre only losing what? 10 seconds?
post #35 of 41
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It is very hard to access the back of my computer.


If I use the 5.1 for my speakers without the DAC and the alt input for my headphones, with the wolfson DAC, how would I switch between the 2?


My current onboard sound is only 2 channel, so getting any sound out of the center/sub/rears would be an improvement.
post #36 of 41
oh i didnt realize you were trying to do 5.1, i guess i should learn to read better LOL
post #37 of 41
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So I can't switch between the 2?
post #38 of 41
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I'm so confused, I'm considering just giving up and not using the speakers at all at this point.
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by SpacemanSpiff23 View Post
If I use the 5.1 for my speakers without the DAC and the alt input for my headphones, with the wolfson DAC, how would I switch between the 2?
You would switch between the two outputs by opening up the Envy control panel and switching from 5.1 (or 6 channel, I can't remember the label) to 2 channel high sample rate. At least, that's the idea. Every time I tried switching, it didn't work properly without a reboot.

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Originally Posted by SpacemanSpiff
I'm so confused, I'm considering just giving up and not using the speakers at all at this point.
It's only confusing because of your particular setup and budget requirements. Most people only have one output device connected to a sound card.
post #40 of 41
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I think I'm just going to get a switcher/splitter and hook it up to the front speaker output.
post #41 of 41
My main problem with the AV710 had to do with quality control. After I exchanged the original, all my problems were solved.
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