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post #16 of 37
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I was talking about gaming surround sound...

Yea not sure about that
post #17 of 37

Most dedicated DACs do not have virtual surround sound.  If you want such a feature, you're best bet is to look at a home theater receiver that has Dolby Headphone or Yamaha Silent Cinema.  Those audio processors emulate surround sound through headphones.

post #18 of 37
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Most dedicated DACs do not have virtual surround sound.  If you want such a feature, you're best bet is to look at a home theater receiver that has Dolby Headphone or Yamaha Silent Cinema.  Those audio processors emulate surround sound through headphones.


Or a PC soundcard right?

post #19 of 37

Sure, but a lot of soundcards have neither the current nor voltage to drive some headphones very well.  Plus, you have to deal with the high noise floor from being directly connected to the computer.

 

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Or a PC soundcard right?

post #20 of 37
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Sure, but a lot of soundcards have neither the current nor voltage to drive some headphones very well.  Plus, you have to deal with the high noise floor from being directly connected to the computer.

He's got a point and do you really need surround sound? Unless you're some pro gamer or something
post #21 of 37
Do you already own the mad dogs? They are so engaging and freaking awesome you won't even be thinking about surround sound
post #22 of 37
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Sure, but a lot of soundcards have neither the current nor voltage to drive some headphones very well.  Plus, you have to deal with the high noise floor from being directly connected to the computer.

 


Is it possible for a pc soundcard to output virtual surroundsound through either a coaxial or optical cable?

 

Or is that compressed surround sound that won't work without some sort of device to uncompress it? Like it is on the Xbox 360 and PS3's optical output.

post #23 of 37

Optical only outputs 2.0 channel stereo or 5.1 channel compressed (such as Dolby and DTS).  External DACs will not decode the 5.1.

 

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Is it possible for a pc soundcard to output virtual surroundsound through either a coaxial or optical cable?

 

Or is that compressed surround sound that won't work without some sort of device to uncompress it? Like it is on the Xbox 360 and PS3's optical output.

post #24 of 37
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Optical only outputs 2.0 channel stereo or 5.1 channel compressed (such as Dolby and DTS).  External DACs will not decode the 5.1.

 


That counts for coax outputs on pc soundcards aswell?

post #25 of 37

Yep.  Only HDMI can send uncompressed multi-channel codecs, which most external DACs still can't decode.  

 

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That counts for coax outputs on pc soundcards aswell?

post #26 of 37
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Yep.  Only HDMI can send uncompressed multi-channel codecs, which most external DACs still can't decode.  

 


Thank you for your helpful answers, you cleared up alot of confusion for me.

post #27 of 37

If you want to decode your game's multi-channel codecs, get yourself a good Yamaha home theater receiver.  Their Silent Cinema is very good at simulating surround sound through headphones.  I have one, and use it frequently when watching movies at night.

post #28 of 37

Just get an astro gaming mixamp and then get a separate amp for listening to music.

post #29 of 37
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Originally Posted by Rewkie View Post

Just get an astro gaming mixamp and then get a separate amp for listening to music.


Can I plug the astro mixamp's output in a real dedicated headphone amp? I am worried that the mixamp will amplify the signal and putting a dedicated amp behind it will make it sound bad.

post #30 of 37
I wouldnt... If you want to game,game. If you want to listen,listen. Simple as that.
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