Originally Posted by StudioSound
So is the best card to go with the X-Fi Titanium HD, as it looks like it supports CMSS-3D (3D surround) and THX TruStudio Pro? (2D surround)
It seems most other cards will only support one of the other formats, and CMSS-3D has been dropped from newer Creative cards. I wish I could just pay a license fee, as it's all done in software now anyway, right?
I need HDMI for a couple of reasons:
- I don't want to run another 50ft of cable through the walls - especially not unbalanced analogue audio.
- If I don't go through HDMI, the sound is out of sync with my TV. (and the latency is variable, even if there were a way to delay the audio)
I'm not sure if there's any soundcard on the market right now with HDMI. It seems as though they've gone by the wayside. I'm in a similar boat- the PC is far away from my TV and in a closet and I want simulated surround sound on my Headphones (mainly for movies, not games).
What do you currently have your headphones connected to? The PC? A receiver?
I actually run HDMI out of my video card, with audio, to my den's receiver. I run the other HDMI out to a bedroom TV - the receiver in there doesn't have HDMI so I run optical out of the onboard sound. I do not experience latency.
Depending on how you intend to hook up your headphones, you wouldn't necessarily be running analogue cables. You could potentially run optical or coax out.
Note: I'm using an nvidia card (forget the exact model at the moment) and as far as passing along DSP effects - it works fine for movies/music using J River Media Center and various VSTs. Effects applied in other software also pass along fine. Obviously if you get a sound card with built in DSP like CMSS-3D or the like, I'm not sure how you would get it to take effect on your video card's hdmi/audio out. I don't think it works that way :) Test driving a Xonar DG in the same box and I have to use one of its various audio outs to get the dolby headphone processing.
Edited by whiskaz - 2/6/13 at 11:03am