Originally Posted by TwelveTrains
So when playing a movie in a PC that has a Creative card, will the Dolby 5.1 or DTS encoding benefit from being faced with CMSS-3D? Or is PC movie watching only truly optimized with a Asus card being fed through Dolby Headphone?
I was under the assumtion that only hardware could decode (or is it encode?) a Dolby or DTS signal that then could be sent as a virtual headphone surround signal. But even VLC has a Dolby surround setting...which I am not sure anymore if a Dolby headphone card or if an external decoder is needed to take advantage of this.
I would like to think I could get some kind of virtual heaphone surround for movies with my Creative card alone, but CMSS-3D just makes everything sound...weird for movies. Perhaps it is because I had Dolby surround enabled in player?
For movie watching, CMSS-3D Headphone works, though you should also know that WinDVD and PowerDVD both have the option of software Dolby Headphone mixing. Presumably, other media players do too; I just don't know which ones or how to set it up. Just make sure you don't accidentally have both on simultaneously, as that just destroys the intended positioning.
Said software mixing is obviously useless for PC gaming, which is what this guide tends to center on.
Dolby Digital/DTS decoding on PC is generally done in software via the media player program; you shouldn't have to worry about that. Dolby Surround/Pro Logic is a bit trickier, as it's a means of matrixing a surround signal into only two channels, and as most devices can't tell it apart from a conventional stereo signal, you need to manually enable or disable it. Worse off, I don't know of any software decoders. However, the only times I've found Dolby Surround/Pro Logic decoding to be a concern are when you're dealing with console games that don't have Dolby Digital or DTS support.
Originally Posted by OverlordMittenz
Okay, so this has probably been asked a million times, so please don't murder me. I currently have a Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS, ASUS Maximus VI Hero mobo and am using optical, and Superlux 661B. I am getting AKG Q701 from my wife for Christmas and whatever other accessory I will need to get dolby headphone to them. I was planning on getting the Objective 2 right off the bat, but seeing as my Ear Force DSS isn't getting Dolby Digital signal from my computer... I think I might need to invest in a sound card? Any help would be appreciated. PLIIX is bleh.
First off, the Maximus VI Hero only supports DTS Connect; I guess Asus didn't feel like licensing any Dolby features for their ROG boards.
The Ear Force DSS cannot decode DTS signals. For that matter, if this is strictly for PC gaming, I don't see why you'd go out and buy one when you could've bought a cheap X-Fi Titanium or Xonar DGX. Are you trying to re-use the same setup across PC and console?
On top of that, they didn't license any of Creative's X-Fi MB software suites either, so you don't have any form of headphone surround whatsoever with the integrated audio drivers. Not unless you're willing to experiment with Razer Surround or Out Of Your Head, anyway.
At the very least, I suppose you could give that Sonic Radar software a shot if you need the situational awareness advantage. (I don't use it myself; it seems to be tied to the M6H's Realtek driver, and I keep the Realtek codec disabled due to having a proper sound card installed.)
Edited by NamelessPFG - 11/27/13 at 9:14pm