Hey guys. Okay so I kinda made a big mistake.
I bought a Creative X-Fi Surround HD USB soundcard. It sounds fantastic BUT the THX TruStudio Surround Pro sucks big time, and when I'm taking a break from music listening to game it is a NO GO. I have heard Dolby Headphone before and this cannot compare.
I'm using DT770s 80Ohm by the way and the amp in the X-Fi HD drives them beautifully.
Anyway as I see it now, I have 2 options
1) Run dolby digital live off my on-board sound through optical and into a USB DAC/AMP that can decode the signal. Any ideas on what USB DAC/AMP can do this?
2) Get a Xonar card that can send Dolby Headphone through a DAC/AMP (any one should be able to decode this right?)
In the second case, I used to have a Xonar DG that I returned to amazon because I think the drivers were causing some problems with my computer and Battlefield 3 kept crashing. As it turned out after I removed the card, the problem did not stop, and I realised it could be the mistimed DDR3 Ram chips I have in there, so I sorted that and I haven't had a crash since. Thing is I'm not sure if getting the Xonar DG back would cause the problems to come back up again, if it was even the cause of the problems in the first place. Anyway I would get the Dolby Headphone sound either through Line out or Optical out to the FiiO E17 and then connect my DT770s 80Ohm to the FiiO E17.
**Am I right to say the E17 will sound much better than the E10? Especially if I bring the dolby headphone signal through the E17 via optical instead of through the normal copper cables, which I would have to use with the E10?
**I think all creative products are out because I find from testing that THX Surround sounds much worse than Dolby Headphone, which was amazing for me the last time I got to use it
**I might give an internal Xonar Card another shot if there's no other solutions..
I'm on quite a tight budget so any suggestions that you guys have will help GREATLY.
The FiiO E17 will cost me 99pounds for starters....
Edited by iztis - 10/24/12 at 4:30pm