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I have a soundblaster z card and I'm looking for an external amp and dac to hook up to it for SBX surround sound. Now I was under the impression that I needed to hook up via optical to get SBX surround sent to the dac, but after reading some posts here, I'm not sure that's actually the case. Do I need optical on my DAC to hook up to the sound card for SBX, or are there alternative/better methods?
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Using optical is a easier method and works just fine for connecting the z to a external dac, The other method is"what u here" It works but should only be used if your dac is just usb with no optical.

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What's an upgrade from a SoundBlaster Omni, using Sennheiser G4ME ZEROs and I love the combination but I'm curious.

Has to be through USB, most played game nowadays is BF4.

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hello guys! I have an issue which i would like to discuss with you here.

 

I use the X-Fi Titanium 7.1 PCIe for 2 years+ now, and i can't recommend it enough :) it is GREAT!

playing csgo most of the time, it helps a lot at positional information and makes everything sound so good from music to movies.. i plugged my headphones once to my brother's pc and was disgusted at how ugly on-board audio is compared to this beauty.

long story short (or longer), I got a VI Impact Motherboard as a gift, and decided to build a new mini-ITX system around it. and to my bad luck, the only PCIe for my Titanium will be used for a GPU, since it's a mini-ITX.. and it has the ****premeFX sound card with it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL9O129skMQ

looks like a cheap-ass soundcard to me, and he is not the only guy with that problem.. been seeing a lot of threads about it.

 

so i don't know if i should just sell this mobo (or try to), or get an external sound card (which is not likely, cuz i ******* love my titanium).. any suggestions? :) thanks.

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I know that you like your X-FI Titanium 7.1 PCI-E but for usb the sound blaster omni is a good choice and usually can be found cheap, as well the creative E3 or the higher costing E5. The only other option is if your ITX mobo supports Creative X-FI MB3 software suite, you could then send the creative features over optical to a cheap external/amp all in one unit. But you might just want something simple so the sound blaster omni would work or the creative E3/E5. If you perfer CMSS3D headphone then theirs the old X-FI Go which is usually 19 dollars which is usb as well.

 

If you don't like either of the options then sell the motherboard and get one with the functions you need.

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Can SBX be sent through the 3.5mm headphone jack on the soundblaster z or would I only be able to get stereo?
post #3382 of 3385

yea it can be sent thru the headphone jack on the sound blaster z, you just need to make sure you config windows and games correctly so it will sound right.

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I had a Xonar STX in a PC that I sold 3 years ago. I switched to an Asus gaming Laptop then. Ever since that day I missed the Xonar STX. Recently I visited the guy ( a relative of mine). He had set the old PC aside and told me he wanted to disassemble it and sell all parts seperately. Long story short, I rescued the Xonar that was still in it's old place that I gave her. My laptop is still around, but I have build a new main rig with a GTX980 over the last two years. The Xonar replaces the Sound Blaster Z that I had bought. I love the Xonar very much over the Sound Blaster the stereo sound is just so good. And for gaming I also like the Dolby Headphone very much.

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There's a lot of information here and I regret I won't have time to churn through all 200+ pages of it. I'm sure this question has been asked at length so please forgive me.

 

 

Reading the Page One guide on this Nameless states the EMU20K2/1 chip from the X-Fi series are superior to the Sound Core3D. Is this true for all applications or just 2 channel stereo? I ask as I just purchased a Sound Blaster Z to put into my rig and am contemplating on taking it back and replacing it with a X-Fi Titanium. I predominately use my Creative Labs G500 speakers so I need the 5.1 analog outputs which precludes me from using the X-Fi Titanium HD. I'm planning on rotating in a set of headphones for occasional use gaming as well which is why I ask.

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Originally Posted by Skippman View Post
 

There's a lot of information here and I regret I won't have time to churn through all 200+ pages of it. I'm sure this question has been asked at length so please forgive me.

 

 

Reading the Page One guide on this Nameless states the EMU20K2/1 chip from the X-Fi series are superior to the Sound Core3D. Is this true for all applications or just 2 channel stereo? I ask as I just purchased a Sound Blaster Z to put into my rig and am contemplating on taking it back and replacing it with a X-Fi Titanium. I predominately use my Creative Labs G500 speakers so I need the 5.1 analog outputs which precludes me from using the X-Fi Titanium HD. I'm planning on rotating in a set of headphones for occasional use gaming as well which is why I ask.

IMHO, the X-Fi Titanium HD is best if you can fully utilize the CMSS-3D feature when gaming on first person shooters and this card is also best for stereo music (2 Ch.) if you are in a budget for Audiophile quality in PC. Otherwise, for 5.1 setup or getting an upgrade in general from onboard audio you may get the Sound Blaster Z. ;) 


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