Yes, I was thinking they had that TI chip (it's also found in the CI Audio VHP1 and 2 (at substantially higher cost), and the X-Fi Forte if memory serves). I would see what kinds of options are available for audio with the consoles, perhaps asking someone who has spent time with them (I know the PlayStation 3, for example, is supposed to have tons of audio options and abilities (on-par with many top-tier Blu-ray and SACD players), and it will play more or less any disc you can fit into it - I have no idea about real-life though, as I've only ever seen them in display cases (I'm not a big console person)).
Originally Posted by maverickronin
Thanks. I suppose I'll have to look into it more. I don't have any of the latest generation consoles right now either but I'm thinking I should get back to it.
Also about LilBuck's question, the STX and the Claro Halo have the same output chip that the Fiio E9 does and can put out about 20V p-p which is plenty for the 600 ohm Beyers.
This is different. The X-Fi and Audigy boards (and most anything else that does 5.1 out) will send out a decoded Dolby/DTS stream in analog (the signal is being decoded by the software player); they will also pass-through the AC-3/DTS signals from their digital inputs (SB Live! can do this) as well as a raw pass-through from a DVD. Again, Sound Blaster cards from the Audigy forward can be made to have DDL - you do have to pay $3 or $4 for the licence on older boards:
I have no idea what the "out of stock" message is to mean; but the feature does exist. There's no technical limitation. I'm wondering if, however, the licence has expired (hence the OOS message). I know Auzen has stated that DTS is only available for Windows Vista and 7 due to cost issues (Windows XP had or has too large of a userbase to make a DTS:Connect licence affordable).
S/PDIF pass-through is different than taking a Dolby/DTS signal IN via S/PDIF and processing/decoding that signal into something else. I'm unaware of any board that does that (the Auzen X-Fi Theater might actually do this via HDMI, but I think those are fairly rare; never heard much about them, and I recall them lacking an EMU20kx).
I don't know what you mean by a "true line out" - the X-Fi Elite Pro is a separate PCB than the other X-Fi boards, and relies on that serial-connected affair for a lot of other features. Based on the AD_EXT and AUD_EXT interfaces used internally, it's likely going to be nothing but UART/MIDI and I2S links running down that cable (there's ADCs and DACs in the breakout modules). There's probably a serial data channel for the remote too. It's very proprietary, and "hacking" the devices is fairly limited apart from getting a raw I2S signal (which can be awesome if you know what you're doing with it and have a specific reason for wanting it).
You can read about that interface here:
I do remember that Creative used to offer the Audigy "Live Drive" box as a separate upgrade for the Audigy and Audigy 2, I haven't even seen the thing bundled with hardware in a few years though, but you may be able to find one used. They're nifty little boxes, and it's a shame that the X-Fi moved away from the rich multimedia hertiage of the Audigy series. The new break-out box for the Fatala1ty cards is separate (the one that has the dial in the center); it uses some other connection and deviates from the "Live Drive" scheme (it also offers essentially no features).
I've never seen a pin-out for the Elite Pro's breakout cable (or the Audigy 2/4 Pro; I assume they're very similar), having said all of that. But again, I assume it's just I2S and UART, based on the other Creative expansion boxes.
Originally Posted by Phos
Actually I meant that you could play a DVD and get surround out of the X-Fi's jack. IIRC, The first gen X-Fi's didn't have DDL. I seem to recall hearing this from several places. The PCI-E cards have it out of the box.
I can't help but wonder if there's a true line out somewhere in that breakout box connector on those PCI cards. You know, the ones that took up half the backplate and were only useful to people who got the elite pro.