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http://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/2pt1w6/steam_holiday_sale_day_2/

 

It's HAPPENING!

 

Just bought Valkyria Chronicles from GMG with the personal 22% voucher they sent through email. $11.7 

 

This will make my train ride tomorrow pleasant. 

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Anyone know a good cheap soundcard for output binaural signal to an external DAC through coaxial or optical cable?  I have a Audigy SE but it seems to use a 3.5mm digital output, so I might return it.

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

Anyone know a good cheap soundcard for output binaural signal to an external DAC through coaxial or optical cable?  I have a Audigy SE but it seems to use a 3.5mm digital output, so I might return it.

? Wut?

 

Binaural signal? Do you just mean Stereo PCM or something?

 

 

You want digital output right? (as you said coaxial or optical). Ok, now that that is covered. Do you want it to be uncompressed pcm, or one of those multi channel pcms or even double duty type? Or are you looking for the digital outputed signal to also include DSP elements baked in from the gaming sound processor stuff on some specialized cards?

 

3.5mm digital output generally means mini toslink if I am not mistaken. 

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I think what he really means by a binaural signal is a stereo PCM signal that's been pre-mixed with virtual surround and other DSP effects before the sound card bitstreams it to an external DAC.

Any decent sound card should be able to pull that off, so it's more of a matter of preference in virtual surround tech.
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I think what he really means by a binaural signal is a stereo PCM signal that's been pre-mixed with virtual surround and other DSP effects before the sound card bitstreams it to an external DAC.

Any decent sound card should be able to pull that off, so it's more of a matter of preference in virtual surround tech.

 

That's what I was getting from it.

 

 

But yeah...most sound cards have DSP comming out through the digital PCM already

 

You have to read the specs and make sure that if you want to use another DAC with it (like a headphone based one) that the PCM outputted is stereo

 

 

Some cards output multi channel PCM without ability to set it to only output stereo. This won't allow it to work with headphone DACs. Some cards don't add in the DSP virtual stuff into the digital output by default and only do so on the normal analog headphone out

 

 

 

but no...I unfortunately dont' know which ones are good :( Sorry

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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

Anyone know a good cheap soundcard for output binaural signal to an external DAC through coaxial or optical cable?  I have a Audigy SE but it seems to use a 3.5mm digital output, so I might return it.


Xonar DG is your best bet.  They run for $16-$24. 

Can use this driver:  http://maxedtech.com/uni-xonar-features/

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I got it work by using a 3.5mm to coaxial adapter from my Fiio X3.  Now it feeds digital through it to my dac.  Btw, do I need to use Creative ALchemy to enable EAX while gaming?

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I got it work by using a 3.5mm to coaxial adapter from my Fiio X3.  Now it feeds digital through it to my dac.  Btw, do I need to use Creative ALchemy to enable EAX while gaming?
Iirc, yeah, but most games don't support eax, only some older ones.
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Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

I got it work by using a 3.5mm to coaxial adapter from my Fiio X3.  Now it feeds digital through it to my dac.  Btw, do I need to use Creative ALchemy to enable EAX while gaming?

Do you plan on playing Splinter Cell (2002)?  Have not seen the EAX logo for many years haha

 

Here is Wikipedia on the matter:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_games_with_EAX_support

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Anyone here use XBCM/Kodi?

 

I honestly don't get what it is for. I understand everything that it does or what its trying to do. But I don't honestly get what or why?

 

Why have a media PC that just plays movies with that interface and not just have it on a PC that you can then also use for other things?

 

I'd rather just open up my file browser and play the movie.....

 

 

Those that run XBMC setups generally have the main computer and then a home media one running it......what happens when you get a link to something you want to download an watch? I guess you could set up a wireless system to put tasks to download on the XBMC.....or I could just click twice and download it there and start watching once I put the video player on the HD screen..... Anything dealing with media that you want to 'do'....now you have to schedule it or push it to the other machine...and then sit your butt in front of it. Want to watch that movie? Sit your butt in front of the HTPC that you pushed everything to to watch that stuff. You could set up a local network for sharing of this stuff I mean...but there is always that factor of the data not being local. 

 

To me, it's as convenient as splitting the functionality of current smartphones into the land old age of 'phone' and then everything else. 

 

I get that this setup is convenient for other people

 

But I honestly just don't get it. 

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Yeah, I don't get xbmc either
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Anyone here use XBCM/Kodi?

 

I use plex which is basically a more friendly version for idiots that don't want to deal with setting up ports and stuff.  It's nice to be able to have all of my massive hd movies on my PC and be able to stream them to a phone or tablet.  not needing to transfer a 2-10gb file to a phone when you want to watch a movie is really nice.  Our internet is so schiit that 1080p streaming stutters when trying to stream to another PC hooked up to a tv. 

 

I actually use the plex app on a tablet to let people scroll through the list of movies and choose what they want to watch lol it has a super nice interface showing all of the movie art and gives an imdb description/trailer.  I have all the movies on an external hdd so I just play them locally off of that on the TV.

 

I don't really get it past the function of being able to stream movies/media from device a to device b.

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Yeah, I don't get xbmc either

I honestly don't get the whole usage of it

 

Yeah, you could do everything there using those two split systems.....but why? I get that a small fraction of people do want a movie theatre carte blanche of stuff......but seriously

 

 

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Originally Posted by linglingjr View Post
 

I use plex which is basically a more friendly version for idiots that don't want to deal with setting up ports and stuff.  It's nice to be able to have all of my massive hd movies on my PC and be able to stream them to a phone or tablet.  not needing to transfer a 2-10gb file to a phone when you want to watch a movie is really nice.  Our internet is so schiit that 1080p streaming stutters when trying to stream to another PC hooked up to a tv. 

 

I actually use the plex app on a tablet to let people scroll through the list of movies and choose what they want to watch lol it has a super nice interface showing all of the movie art and gives an imdb description/trailer.  I have all the movies on an external hdd so I just play them locally off of that on the TV.

 

I don't really get it past the function of being able to stream movies/media from device a to device b.

 

You can stream stuff to your phone from your normal PC. XBMC or other stuff is literally having a second computer that you then have to schedule/push things you want to download to so that it has it on there. 

 

Scolling through and the interface? ....they can just scroll through file explorer looking at names and decide.... There are computer programs that can do the same thing. Point it to a directory and take down metadata and then search up IMDB to put stuff there.

 

 

I don't get the whole thing of the XBMC or other usages at all. The streaming thing is somethign easilly supported on normal PCs by a program

 

 

 

Having a second computer to store all your media is counter-intuitive. 

 

Imagine you are reading/scrolling through stuff and you find a song or movie you want to watch...generally you download it then and there. But with a setup like this, you have to 'make' your HTPC useful (as that is its whole purpose) and then push the task to it to download.

 

Then to do manipulation of the files...you need to wirelessly move it back to the main PC.

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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 

XBMC or other stuff is literally having a second computer that you then have to schedule/push things you want to download to so that it has it on there. 

 

Scolling through and the interface? ....they can just scroll through file explorer looking at names and decide.... There are computer programs that can do the same thing. Point it to a directory and take down metadata and then search up IMDB to put stuff there.

Oh... Well xbmc is a lot different than I previously thought then.  I just read through its wikipedia page, +1 someone one that doesn't understand it.

 

Yeah plex is just a program you can install and run in the background to stream stuff.  Reading through the  file explorer sucks if you're trying to decide on what to watch with someone else lol.

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Oh... Well xbmc is a lot different than I previously thought then.  I just read through its wikipedia page, +1 someone one that doesn't understand it.

 

Yeah plex is just a program you can install and run in the background to stream stuff.  Reading through the  file explorer sucks if you're trying to decide on what to watch with someone else lol.

Yeah which is why I'm perplexed as to why you don't just use other programs to overlay something (like Steam Big Idea or the old Windows Media Center)....

 

 

I honestly don't get XBMC and why it is even used.

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