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post #1876 of 3095
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Originally Posted by Prava View Post
 

I'm interested in trying some Dolby stuff with my collection of cans. The thing is I already own an Objective 2.

Question:

Is the Asus U7 able to deliver Dolby Headphone through line out? I know for a fact that the thing won't be able to power many of my cans. So, I'll use it as a DAC for games, and thus I'll plug it into my Objective 2.

Of course, if the thing won't do any Dolby stuff through line out... can I use just the headphone jack as a line out?

I've never used the U7.

The U7 appears to use the same head amp as the Xonar DG/DGX.

You should be able to plug a external headphone amplifier (O2) into the headphone jack of the U7 and plug a headphone into the O2

and get Headphone Surround Sound that is processed by the U7.

Just use the lowest gain setting on the U7, technically it's double amping, but the U7's head amp is not that powerful in the first place, chances are the U7's amp will not affect the audio quality in a noticeable way.

post #1877 of 3095
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The U3 is cheaper and does Dolby through the S/PDIF out. Granted, you'll need an S/PDIF DAC to hook up to the O2 (cheapest being the Fiio D03k).

I assumed the U7 would also have an S/PDIF out that could retain Dolby. If it does, I'd just keep the U7 and order something like the Fiio D03k for a cheap S/PDIF DAC that will feed the signal to the O2).
Though I'm assuming you need an analog line out (which makes sense that it wouldn't do Dolby, as Line Out to two channel should never be touched by any software. Pre-amp out however is a different story.)

I believe the U7 uses the CS4398 DAC chip, so I would assume that using the U7's headphone output as a line-out would still make better audio quality then using a Fiio E03D.

post #1878 of 3095
But you might find out that the headphone amp of the U7 is powerfull enough to give you all you need for gaming and don't really need the O2 so much.
post #1879 of 3095

Quick question:

 

I use a pair of AD700's. I place competitive gaming in the highest regard and I'm not sure if the Sound Blaster Z is better than the X-Fi Titanium HD or not. I seem to have mixed reviews on which has best headphone surround, and perhaps the HD has better actual sound quality? I would also like to know if an external DAC/Amp would be necessary. I'm relatively on a budget, but if it's worth the cash, then it's worth it to me.

 

Hopefully someone can clear that up.

post #1880 of 3095
The HD would have better sq in terms of the headphone outs. In terms of line outs I think its negligible.

And with regards to surround, I think its majority preference. For newer games everything uses premixed 5.1 so there is no cmss3d advantage here. Listen to some YouTube videos and see for yourself.

I don't think you need an external DAC but I'm not sure if the ad700 needs an amp badly since the HD doesn't have one built in.
post #1881 of 3095
Every single pre-mixed headphone surround has been a massive failure compared to external processors like Dolby Headphone and THX Tru Studio.
post #1882 of 3095
Ya that's debatable...

To me sbx is less artificial sounding than DH and more accurate than thx from the recon cards.
post #1883 of 3095

When did you listen to SBX and compare, MLE? 

post #1884 of 3095
A few weeks ago. Some demos. Hated it.

No sense of rear cues whatsoever. If it can't do rear positional cues even marginally better than stereo, it's useless to me.
post #1885 of 3095

Which demos? I got asked a lot about my SBX demos for instance (ME) and people confuse Software OpenAL with SBX, actually most videos that compare the new Creative cards with the X-Fi generation do it via OpenAL and there's no SBX involved. 

post #1886 of 3095
No idea what MLE is but I had an stx before my zxr. So I did some comparisons. Also a friend of mine has the recom3d USB and I did some listening on that.

Edit: just saw the "external processors" line. Do you mean like separate dsp chips from an avr or something?
post #1887 of 3095
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Originally Posted by DJINFERNO806 View Post

No idea what MLE is

 

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post #1888 of 3095
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Originally Posted by Fegefeuer View Post

Which demos? I got asked a lot about my SBX demos for instance (ME) and people confuse Software OpenAL with SBX, actually most videos that compare the new Creative cards with the X-Fi generation do it via OpenAL and there's no SBX involved. 

Some online demo, I don't remember the link. You download it. Like a free to try program.

SBX sounds good front a left, front, right positional cue, but the rears sounded too much like the fronts. You can have the best left/center/front in the world, but if the rears don't like like they're behind you... may as well stick to stereo.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 10/2/13 at 2:26am
post #1889 of 3095
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post #1890 of 3095
Come on, man.

MLE

Mad Lust Envy
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