Originally Posted by helmutcheese
The card does DDL if the speakers do not have digital connections that is not down to the card.
DTS connect should be same end result as DTS as it converts any audio into 5.1 so I assume if its 5.1 to start with it be fine but it will upmix stereo to 5.1.
I have never had digital speaker's so not tried. but you will be fine with analogue cables.
Those speaker have been out a long time and cost a lot still today, not everywhere you can buy them.
The bummer is the high end 2.1 set was upgraded to a digital set and they said it was to happen to the 5.1 set but never did.
These are a new revision of the original S550 speakers, named S550 Encore (http://www.edifier-international.com/products/edifier-multimedia/s550-encore). Too bad Edifier chose not to include a digital circuit in the set.
Originally Posted by NoOneLt
ZxR support DDL and DTS connect (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sound-blaster-zx.aspx#specs) other than this will need software decoding by your movie player. Also check specs for output, it has Front/Back/Center 5.1 output, so no worries, but You won't need it if You plan to use headphones. And DDL, DTSC used to pass via digital out forward (not decode DD/DTS), so again with headphones You won't be using it.
HD598 is nice in SQ but google "sennheiser crack" their design is not flawless and has a weak point.
For games i like my Beyerdynamic DT990, maybe for music something like AKG Q701 (they could lack of bass for games though, check MadLust thread) would sound better with music i believe, because DT990 sometimes have very sharp heights.
My experience with ZxR is fine, listen to music and do games with SBX surround, like it more than CMSS-3D from creative ,though never tried DolbyHeadphone so can't compare.
UPDATE: DDL meant to convert any 5.1 surround, from games as example and convert it live to AC3 then pass it to external receiver. So again, if no external speakers with decoder or receiver is used no use in it. And then You do not even need expansion card to be connected (it adds I/O and opens some advanced features in SBX soft, i found it useless if only headphones is in use), only the main one.
UPDATE2: Missed the Edifier part, it only has "5.1 channel and 2 stereo input options for versatile connections" digital input is not mentioned anywhere on page. So You will have "plain" 5.1 from ZxR outputs not encoded.
Also Keep in mind that it is better to connect headphones directly to ZxR than to Edifier. And then switch ZxR between headphones/speaker mode.
UPDATE3: As addition about DTSC and DDL to update part, basically you can't call them decoders, they are encoders, DTL support doesn't mean card can decode DolbyDigital so don't be mistaken in any way. To decode DolbyDigital or True HD as example You still need a decoder, hardware one or software, TotalMedia Theater or Power DVD have DD/DDS software decoders. And encoder creates DD stream and can send it via digital outputs further to decoder.
Thanks for your answer. Most of the entries on Google about the cracking problem of some Sennheiser headphone models refer back to 2010/2011. I don't know if they got rid of this issue completely though, but I am very careful with my material.
Regarding the DDL and DTS-Connect on ZxR part, suppose I have a 1080p Blu-Ray rip in mkv format with the audio track encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1. If the ZxR can't do the decoding and as the Encore S550s only have analog inputs, then what kind of 5.1 surround sound will I get? Only the one emulated by the card? Are the original surround sound effects lost in the process?
I don't know if I'm misunderstanding things though. I can always download a player that does the decoding thing too, right? Is this an effective solution?
Because of this I'm seriously considering buying an AVR and a pair of passive speakers instead of the Encore S550s.
For games on PC, there doesn't seem to be a problem, because, as far as I know, the sound on most games comes pre-separated in the various channels.
I also wanna hook up the speakers to my PS3 through the optical-in port in the ZxR daughter board, but then again, I won't be able to retain the "real" 5.1 surround sound of games too.
Originally Posted by benbenkr
When will people stop with this mis-information? The cracking issue has been long, long, long fixed. Those cracking issues only happened for the first 2 batch models and has been fixed since late 2010/early 2011.
There are no more cracking issues on the HD598 (and HD558 since we're on this topic).
Good to hear that. I will buy the HD598.