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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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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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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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