Hey everyone, great thread was able to learn a lot from this but I still have a question, maybe someone had a similar situation and may be able to help me.
So I've been reading a lot about DACs and External Soundcards because I just put together a new PC and I'm hearing a bit of hissing on both of my Headphones.
I use two sets of headphones on my PC one is a newly acquired Sennheiser HD598 (amazing headphone) and the other is a Razer Kraken Pro headset, YES, it is a gaming headset and I know most of people here hate them however if you ask me they are preety decent for the 50 bucks (the mod mic alone costs that and at the time couldn't aford spending more than that) I paid for them and the mic actually sounds better than my friend's Sennheiser Gam3 Pro headset which sounds muffled and also the Razer is a lot more confortable (not more confortable than my HD598 though that thing is on a totally diferent level).
So to the symptons, I read in a lot of sites (and on some comments here) that good quality headphones will sound everything that is sent by the soundcard (hence the hissing), however the hissing is a lot more pronounced on the Kraken Pro than on the HD598's, so that didn't make sense since the HD598's are supposed to be of better quality, then I learned that it might be related to the fact that the Razer has lower impedance (32 vs 50). Since I game a lot and when I do I use the Kraken for the mic the hissing blows my CS play for example since it is more noticeable on silent moments (when I need to hear them footsteps ;) ).
My motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 7 and I'm using it's on-board sound which is Creative Sound Core3D (CA0132 chip). I want to take my sound external either through a DAC or Ext. Soundcard, however on this thread I learned that the DAC won't support more than two channels through the S/PDIF out (unless the conditions described on the thread are met) and through USB it introduces some delay.
I would like to know wether that Creative Chip is able to output more than 2 channels through the S/PDIF (so I would be good with a DAC) or in the case it can't output that many channels then wether I would be better with a Creative Omni or Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround.
Thanks a lot for any help anyone is able to provide.