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post #1 of 16
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Hi,

This is my first post/thread. I have lurked quite a long time and determined based on my needs that I should buy a Mixamp 2013 + AD700 combo

 

I play counterstrike global offensive a lot on my pc and this is why I bought this setup as I have read a bunch of reviews here that say they work great for fps gaming.

 

How it is all connected:

I have a asus sabertooth p67 motherboard with the onboard Realtek ALC892 s/pdif output connected to the Mixamp 2013 and the AD700 headphones connected to the headphones output jack.

 

Mixamp setup:

The mixamp usb power is connected to a external usb power adapter plugged directly into a power outlet on the wall.

I have the mixamp eq set to core as this is supposed to be unfiltered mode and the dolby mode is on.

 

Soundcard Setup:

my realtek eq is set off. no environment mode presets are on. volume normalization is also off.

 

 

CS:GO/Game setup:

I have the game set to 5.1 audio mode.

 

Do I have everything setup correctly? Suggestions?

post #2 of 16

Heya,

 

How does it sound to you? Like it's working? Positioning sounding correct?

 

Very best,

post #3 of 16
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I have installed the latest realtek drivers to make sure but basically it doesn't seem as if the directional sound is working very well.

 

I am not sure if I should have the ingame audio set to 5.1 like I have it or if it should be on headphone mode.

 

I am also not sure if I should have virtual surround headphone mode on in the realtek driver enhancements.

 

I was basically looking for someone else that uses this combination to maybe tell me how they have everything configured.

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by domoaligato View Post
 

This is my first post/thread. I have lurked quite a long time and determined based on my needs that I should buy a Mixamp 2013 + AD700 combo

I play counterstrike global offensive a lot on my pc and this is why I bought this setup as I have read a bunch of reviews here that say they work great for fps gaming.

How it is all connected:

I have a asus sabertooth p67 motherboard with the onboard Realtek ALC892 s/pdif output connected to the Mixamp 2013 and the AD700 headphones connected to the headphones output jack.

Mixamp setup:

The mixamp usb power is connected to a external usb power adapter plugged directly into a power outlet on the wall.

I have the mixamp eq set to core as this is supposed to be unfiltered mode and the dolby mode is on.

Soundcard Setup:

my realtek eq is set off. no environment mode presets are on. volume normalization is also off.

CS:GO/Game setup:

I have the game set to 5.1 audio mode.

Do I have everything setup correctly? Suggestions?

Did you enable the DDL (Dolby Digital live) software in the motherboard's control panel?

 

Any chance you could return the Astro mix-amp and then buy the $27 Asus Xonar DG?

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

DDL is enabled and this afternoon verified that surround is working in cs:go.

the clarity of the sounds in game is night and day better than the corsair vengeance 2000 wireless headset I had prior.

It just seems that the soundstage is not as impressive as I thought it would be.

I was probably just hyping it up more than I should have.

 

Edit: see the next post....


Edited by domoaligato - 9/10/13 at 8:35pm
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I found this post on OCN that shows that indeed the soundcard will fit.

http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showpost.php?s=71c658396e3eb383077ea0e28f70330c&p=19596011&postcount=6

 

So would I notice a difference with either of these setups?

 

ASUS Xonar DSX + MixAmp + AD700

or

ASUS Xonar DSX + AD700

 

or is what I have now fine with the MixAmp + AD700 ?

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by domoaligato View Post
 

I have installed the latest Realtek drivers to make sure but basically it doesn't seem as if the directional sound is working very well.

I am not sure if I should have the in game audio set to 5.1 like I have it or if it should be on headphone mode.

I am also not sure if I should have virtual surround headphone mode on in the Realtek driver enhancements.

I was basically looking for someone else that uses this combination to maybe tell me how they have everything configured.

If your using the using the mix-amp to process Dolby Headphone Surround Sound.

Then leave the in game audio set to 5.1, but not headphone mode.

And have DDL on the computer enabled.

 

Or swap out the Mix-amp for the Xonar DG, which does the same function as the Mix-amp.

post #8 of 16

Srry this isnt a supports reply... but im wanted to say thx and please continue elaborating on all of your findings as far as positional accuracy as you expirament with your new products... because i play dayz (arma 2), and im looking for an audio setup also since audio is so important in games like these.. Thanks!

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

If your using the using the mix-amp to process Dolby Headphone Surround Sound.

Then leave the in game audio set to 5.1, but not headphone mode.

And have DDL on the computer enabled.

 

Or swap out the Mix-amp for the Xonar DG, which does the same function as the Mix-amp.

 

Idk if you know but how much of a difference of qaulity with those xonar DG and sound blaster Z?

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Gully View Post
 

 

Idk if you know but how much of a difference of quality with those Xonar DG and Sound Blaster Z?

The Xonar DG uses the CS4245 DAC chip, the Z & Zx use the CS4398 DAC chip.

So the Z/Zx does offer better audio quality, by how much, can't really measure.

I would also assume the Z/Zx headphone amplifier is at least a little more powerful the the DG's

The Z/Zx's might also be better for FPS gaming.

The Z series only works with Win 7 & Win 8 (Not Vista or XP).

I would think the DG's would work with any currently supported Windows OS.

Newegg currently has a $10 mail in rebate for the DG.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Xonar DG is PCI and due to my setup I would need a PCI Express card.

 

would you suggest the DSX, DX, or Essence STX

I am not worried about the cash and as far as the mixamp goes I can use it with my ps3 in another room.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by domoaligato View Post
 

Xonar DG is PCI and due to my setup I would need a PCI Express card.

 

would you suggest the DSX, DX, or Essence STX

I am not worried about the cash and as far as the mixamp goes I can use it with my ps3 in another room.

The Xonar DSX uses DTS, not Dolby.

The Xonar DX's is a fairly decent choice, might give the AD700 a bloated bass.

Essence STX, overkill for the AD700.

 

 

For using the ATH-AD700 and FPS gaming, I would say to get the Sound Blaster Z

You already have the Astro Mix-amp for Dolby.

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

soundblaster z series are all 5.1 and that is why I was not looking at them as I was looking at 7.1 cards.

 

I have looked at the soundblaster z now and it shows it has a cirrus logic dac builtin

would I still need the mixamp with the soundblaster z ?

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by domoaligato View Post
 

SB-Z (SoundBlaster Z) series are all 5.1 and that is why I was not looking at them as I was looking at 7.1 cards.

 

I have looked at the SB-Z now and it shows it has a Cirrus Logic DAC built-in.

Would I still need the mix-amp with the SB-Z?

The SB-Z has a 6-channel (5.1) speaker output, headphone drivers might not have to follow that strict limitation(?).

 

You would not need to use the Mix-amp at all, with your PC, if the SB-Z is installed in your PC.

The SB-Z and Xonar DX both use the same CS4398 DAC chip, which I believe is considered a good DAC chip.

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

The SB-Z has a 6-channel (5.1) speaker output, headphone drivers might not have to follow that strict limitation(?).

 

You would not need to use the Mix-amp at all, with your PC, if the SB-Z is installed in your PC.

The SB-Z and Xonar DX both use the same CS4398 DAC chip, which I believe is considered a good DAC chip.

 

 

Thank you sir for the very helpful and fast answers to my noob questions.

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