Hello, I am complete n00b with regards to these Dolby Digital, EAX, virtual surround sound APIs and sound cards in general. I tried reading the Mad Lust Envy and Nameless Guide to PC Audio, but I still am not clear and have many doubts in my mind.
I currently have a ASUS p7p55d motherboard which has this on-board soundcard which has these features (copy pasted)
VIA® VT1828S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC.
- Absolute Pitch BD192/24
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- BD audio layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O.
So my requirements are these:
1. I am a FPS gamer, play primarily BF3 and will play BF4 so I am looking foward to get the most out of the HM5's soundstage/Positional Audio so I want to know what should I do for achieving that. (the HM5 is still in-transit, still haven't tried it)
2. Also equally important is the Music aspect of it..; should be able to drive the HM5 (impedance:ohms, sensitivity:105dB at 1mW), preferrably without altering or colouring the sound signature.
3. Would be buying a mid end 5.1 speaker setup for movies in the future (1-2 yrs).
So I have a lot of questions and doubts in my mind:
- So, would this DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC in my soundcard be able to expand the soundstage/enhance positional audio? I tried turning it ON with my 2.1 speaker, the sound was different, but not better was kinda strange and wide.
-Are these APIs only effective for speakers or for headphones too?
-So if I have a soundcard with a API support (say Dolby Digital) should the speaker/headphone should support it too ?
-So if I have a soundcard with a API support (say Dolby Digital) should the headphone should be true 5.1 ??
-Saw in website of Asus Xonar saying that it has a much cleaner audio due to high SNR. Is my soundcard bad? Anyone knows the SNR of my on-board audio? P.S: I have tried HM3 and Audio Technica ATH-M50 and I wasn't WOWed at all. Was having some distortion and a dark, muddy sound with grain in the details like a cheap headphone. didn't sound natural at all. my cheap Philips headphones have sounded better in it. Is my on-board not able to drive these, is that the reason??
-Is my soundcard enough for my requirements ?? If not what should I buy? I would like to get a value/budget one. preferrably with a Dolby Digital/DTS or some API that can make movies a pleasure when I get a 5.1 speaker set in the future. Also don't want very high end ones. budget below: $100.