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Digital Coax and Audio Chipset

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Thread Starter 

Current setup:

 

Motherboard: 

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 with Realtek ALC889 codec

 

Soundcards:

Asus Xonar Essense ST with AV100

Auzentech Prelude with X-Fi

 

Will I lose sound quality when I start using my motherboards digital coax instead of the sound cards?

 

I guess a better question would be... will using digital coax bypass the audio chipset?


Edited by sirkarma - 4/20/14 at 5:12pm
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Originally Posted by sirkarma View Post
 

Motherboard:  Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 with Realtek ALC889 codec

Soundcards:

Asus Xonar Essense ST with AV100

Auzentech Prelude with X-Fi

Will I lose sound quality when I start using my motherboards digital coax instead of the sound cards?

I guess a better question would be... will using digital coax bypass the audio chipset?

 


Pluging S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) directly into the sound cards will not bypass the audio processor chip,

but it will bypass the sound card's DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip.

 

Personally I would just plug everything (headphones and speakers) directly into the Essence ST.

Disable the motherboard's ALC889 audio chipset and not have the Prelude installed.

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Thank you... I will do just that.

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