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This is driving me mad: I know there was a piece of software that let you send the audio from an X-Fi card to an Asus Essence for D-A conversion (used the What-u-Hear device from memory). I remember seeing the forum thread somewhere years ago, but I simply cannot find it no matter what I search. Does anyone remember it?

 

I'm sick of the ST's pathetic handling of OpenAL in games, and I want to use a Titanium HD, however I'd also like to retain the ST as a DAC and headphone amp. I'm very happy with it for music/everything that isn't gaming.


Edited by Sauntache - 8/21/14 at 10:48pm
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This is driving me mad: I know there was a piece of software that let you send the audio from an X-Fi card to an Asus Essence for D-A conversion (used the What-u-Hear device from memory). I remember seeing the forum thread somewhere years ago, but I simply cannot find it no matter what I search. Does anyone remember it?

 

I'm sick of the ST's pathetic handling of OpenAL in games, and I want to use a Titanium HD, however I'd also like to retain the ST as a DAC and headphone amp. I'm very happy with it for music/everything that isn't gaming.

 

Sell off the Asus Essence and buy a headphone amplifier and connect it to the Titanium-HD's line-output (RCAs)

Titanium-HD + amp, might even sound a little better then the Asus Essence.

 

FiiO E11K, $60

Schiit Magni, $99

Schiit Vali, $119

O2 (Objective 2), $139

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I've considered an external amp or DAC/amp, but I'm reluctant to go that route since I already have the ST, I like it, and it's a good match for my headphones (in my opinion).

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Originally Posted by Sauntache View Post
 

This is driving me mad: I know there was a piece of software that let you send the audio from an X-Fi card to an Asus Essence for D-A conversion (used the What-u-Hear device from memory). I remember seeing the forum thread somewhere years ago, but I simply cannot find it no matter what I search. Does anyone remember it?

 

I'm sick of the ST's pathetic handling of OpenAL in games, and I want to use a Titanium HD, however I'd also like to retain the ST as a DAC and headphone amp. I'm very happy with it for music/everything that isn't gaming.

 

Hmm... (are there several models of Essence so... if possible then) maybe optical S/PDIF cable (X-Fi optical out --> Essence optical in)...?

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Hmm... (are there several models of Essence so... if possible then) maybe optical S/PDIF cable (X-Fi optical out --> Essence optical in)...?

 

I believe the Essence series of sound card do not have a S/PDIF (optical or coaxial) input, just S/PDIF outputs.

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Yeah, I thought of a physical loop, but it's true that the Essence has no optical input, not even an internal header. That's why the software I'm talking about existed. No one can recall it?

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Yeah, I thought of a physical loop, but it's true that the Essence has no optical input, not even an internal header. That's why the software I'm talking about existed. No one can recall it?

 

You might find the software at Majorgeeks.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/mg/sortname/multimedia.html

 

The Titanium-HD and Essence use the same DAC series (PCM197X) and the Titanium-HD uses a slightly better op-amp for the RCA output.

And chances are that an external headphone amplifier you would get for the Titanium-HD would be at least a little better then the Essences.

So I'm still voting for selling off the Essence and getting an amp.

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Whatever I do, it won't involve an analogue signal coming out of the Titanium HD. That card is very susceptible interference (maybe something to do with it's stupid plastic 'shield') compared to the Essence, and depending on it's installation position and neighboring hardware, there can be quite a bit of noise on the analogue outs. When I had the GTX 580, I stopped using the Titanium because I could hear the GPU through it whenever there was 3D rendering load. I tried it with my current GTX 780 Ti, and I couldn't detect any noise, but who knows what will happen if I ever upgrade to a different GPU. 

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Whatever I do, it won't involve an analogue signal coming out of the Titanium HD. That card is very susceptible interference (maybe something to do with it's stupid plastic 'shield') compared to the Essence, and depending on it's installation position and neighboring hardware, there can be quite a bit of noise on the analogue outs. When I had the GTX 580, I stopped using the Titanium because I could hear the GPU through it whenever there was 3D rendering load. I tried it with my current GTX 780 Ti, and I couldn't detect any noise, but who knows what will happen if I ever upgrade to a different GPU. 

Have you disabled the motherboard's on-board audio? in the BIOS.

 

OK, sell off the Essence and buy a Schiit Modi (optical) DAC and Schiit Magni (or Vali) headphone amplifier.

Plug the Modi/Magni into the Titanium-HD's optical output port.

 

You might be able to sell off the Titanium-HD for some cash ($100+) and just get a regular Titanium ($40-$50) and use it's optical port.

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