Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
I would assume the Yamaha Silent Cinema is a very basic Headphone Surround Sound, easier to make it work with different movie audio, Dolby, DTS, etc.
And I would assume Creative's CMSS-3D was foremost designed for gaming audio (like FPS?) and secondly for movies.
Dolby Headphone has it's roots in movie audio, I know some games have come with a "Home Theater" setting, which i guess helps when using Dolby (and maybe DTS) for gaming.
What gaming improvement Dolby might have done with it's software is not something I'm knowledgeable about.
From my best understanding, Microsoft made Dolby the default audio for the xBox (Not sure what the xBox One default audio is?) and the Astro Mix-amp originally came with Dolby (not sure if that has changed), so the Astro is really just fine for gaming consoles.
The $25 Asus Xonar DG sound card gives any Win PC just as good gaming features, as any Astro mix-amp.
Just an FYI, the "primary" or default audio for the Xbox One at-launch is DTS-HD, though Microsoft recently announced they will be adding support for Dolby Digital Live out through optical in the future. Right now, an Astro Mixamp wouldn't work with surround output from an Xbox One.
Just my opinion, DH and Yamaha's Silent Cinema are basically on-par, I prefer the various solutions from Creative (began testing a Sound Blaster Z this week).
Battlefield 3's audio settings are confusing, I think the "home theater" setting is for 5.1 channel surround, which you'd want to use with your own surround processing. I'm not totally clear about this being the best mode to use with a soundcard, though.
I thought a Creative sound card could process DDL and DTS connect if the source was inside the computer like a disc drive or media file. I enjoyed a few DVD's in surround with my Mac and Recon3D USB.Edited by Evshrug - 11/21/13 at 10:21pm