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Originally Posted by dyrdevil View Post
 

Hi guys,

 

I know this thread is a bit old.  Can somebody confirm if the U3 outputs it's dsp effects/DH/ etc. over the S/PDIF output?

 

Looking for solutions to run virtual surround to my external DAC and headphones without adding an internal pcie card.

 

Thanks!


Yes it does, same as Xonar Essence, I run digital out with dolby headphone on to a DAC from both. Dolby effects are concocted in the digital phase of processing.

post #77 of 77

Since I happen to own the U3 I'll throw in my thoughts as well:

 

- Has a neutral and pleasing signature (to my ears) with a slight focus on bass

- Sounds good at lower listening volumes but can't compete against desktop DACs (e.g. Essence One) at louder volumes.

- The features it comes with (especially Dobly Headphone) are a great way to explore the possibilities of headphone audio.

- The major drawbacks I can think of are no ASIO support and a slight delay compared to my onboard soundcard (noticeable in extremely fast-paced games only though.)

 

All in all, it's easy to recommend over almost any notebook onboard solution.

I don't really have similar devices to compare it to but as far as I am concerned it can certainly hold it's own against the audioengine D1 for example.

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