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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.

post #3378 of 3380

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.

post #3380 of 3380

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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