I was hoping someone could lend some advice on my sound card / headphone setup on my PC.
I bought in to the whole "gaming headphone" hype and bought a pair of Turtle Beach PX5s, along with an Asus Xonar DX. Not only were the PX5s a bear to use, they sounded like crap and I kept getting wireless interference. Oh, and the battery drains pretty quickly.
So now I have a pair of older Sennheiser PC350s (a couple of years old) and I am unsure how to make the best use of them. I have a few questions regarding my setup, keeping in mind I'm typically using these for PC gaming.
1) The 350s only come with a 3.5mm jack. So in order to take advantage of any software surround or Dolby Headphone encoding, I need something to decode the signal. Basically, is it correct in saying that I can't take advantage of these features without an optical connection?
Right now I am just plugging them into the 3.5mm analog receptacle. When I change any of the settings (5.1 / 7.1 /Dolby Headphone options) in the Asus Audio Center (except the Analog Out box) I basically don't hear any difference. The built in effects and whatnot do not work either (see screenshot).
2) Many users have said that the 350s should be used with a MixAmp to get the most out of them. Any recommendations? Can the MixAmp take a optical connection as input? If so, I would think this would solve my software "surround sound" problem....
3) There are speaker configuration options for my sound card built in to windows. Typically I have it set to Stereo. If I do use the 5.1 / 7.1 emulation in the Xonar settings, should I change this at all or just leave it at Stereo?
Thanks for the advice.
Edited by Cuitarded - 11/9/13 at 1:43pm