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Hello all, I have been browsing the forums for quite some time without posting and I am a new comer to the world of high end audio.

 

I have at my disposal an Audio Technica ATH-M50s and a (soon, item is in transit from U.S.) FiiO E10 USB DAC/Amplifier combo.

 

The reason I am posting this is to ask about the THX TruStudio Settings app on my Asus G74SX-DH71 gaming laptop (pictured below):

 

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When this app is turned on, the sound is 'enhanced' or so from my inexperienced / uneducated ear, music sounds way better compared to when it is turned off. I am plugging in the M50s directly into the audio jack on the laptop itself (the Asus has the Realtek High Definition Audio on board sound card and I don't know how to check for the model; tried Googling, Speccy, SIW as well but to no avail).

 

So what do you guys think? Anyone of you has experienced or used this before?

 

P.S. Sorry for the English! =)


Edited by Kasazn - 7/19/12 at 6:18am
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I reckon it works fairly well with the newer Realtek chips, I'm guessing yours is most likely a ALC898 chip or at least newer than my ALC889 chip. If you like then great, I was concidering making sure I was getting a ALC898 chip the next time I upgrade as that seems like the best onboard chip atm.


Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 7/18/12 at 10:12am
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Best on board chip you say? I was surprised by the audio quality (piping 320kbps or FLAC music from AIMP3) and the fact that the headphone jack produces no noise whatsoever from the laptop, very nice indeed. Is the sound card I have on this laptop better than the E10 or no? Just wondering.

 

Anyways, you are being very helpful here so thanks buddy! Cheers! :)

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Realtek ALC898 the best integrated codec? Not when Gigabyte's put actual EMU20k2 X-Fi DSPs on some of their G1-series motherboards...

 

That said, I'd probably take Realtek over any other brand of integrated audio codec. Much better driver support than the likes of IDT/SigmaTel or Analog Devices (SoundMAX).

 

Also, while the laptops I generally use aren't known for robust audio capabilities, I've found that they at least have headphone jacks with clean output. That's more than I can say for some of the desktop motherboards I've used...


Edited by NamelessPFG - 7/19/12 at 11:03am
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Originally Posted by Kasazn View Post

Best on board chip you say? I was surprised by the audio quality (piping 320kbps or FLAC music from AIMP3) and the fact that the headphone jack produces no noise whatsoever from the laptop, very nice indeed. Is the sound card I have on this laptop better than the E10 or no? Just wondering.

 

Anyways, you are being very helpful here so thanks buddy! Cheers! :)

The Fiio E10 (USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier) should provide better audio quality over any built-in (on-board) sound card, but the E10 has zero surround sound features for movies and games.

The E10 does not come with an audio processor, a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) does not offer and surround sound features.

The built-in sound in laptop will come with a low cost DAC that barely does the job. So the E10 should come with a better DAC.

So when you plug the E10 into the laptop's USB port, you will be bypassing the laptop's audio processor and the laptop's surround sound features.

You could still connect the E10 headphone amplifier(using line-in) itself to the laptops headphone (line-out) headphone jack and still use the laptop's surround sound features.

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The Fiio E10 (USB-DAC-Headphone amplifier) should provide better audio quality over any built-in (on-board) sound card, but the E10 has zero surround sound features for movies and games.

The E10 does not come with an audio processor, a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) does not offer and surround sound features.

The built-in sound in laptop will come with a low cost DAC that barely does the job. So the E10 should come with a better DAC.

So when you plug the E10 into the laptop's USB port, you will be bypassing the laptop's audio processor and the laptop's surround sound features.

You could still connect the E10 headphone amplifier(using line-in) itself to the laptops headphone (line-out) headphone jack and still use the laptop's surround sound features.

Eh? You can bypass the E10's amplifier only by using the line-out and there is no other way (from my understanding). The website states the E10 has line out and coaxial only so I guess you can only bypass the amp. Do correct me if I am wrong.

 

Cheers! :)

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Originally Posted by Kasazn View Post

Eh? You can bypass the E10's amplifier only by using the line-out and there is no other way (from my understanding). The website states the E10 has line out and coaxial only so I guess you can only bypass the amp. Do correct me if I am wrong.

 

Cheers! :)

My oops, the Fiio E10 does not have a line in, just USB in, my oops.

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