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Should I get a sound card?

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March 28, 2011 8:05:36 PM

Hi I currently have an Asus p755d-e pro mobo, and am using onboard audio through an optical cable to my Triton ax 720 headsets. However, the sound quality isn't near what it used to be when I played on Xbox/ps3, and it doesn't even sound as if it's digital. I have a proper receiver/ 7.1 speaker layout for my living room, and just wanted quality 5.1 surround sound on my pc, mainly for games. I just upgraded to 480 sli and bought a new haf x case, so I really don't want to spend a lot of money on sound equipment. What should I do? Can I even output digital through an optical cable, which my headset uses? Thanks

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March 28, 2011 8:22:28 PM

Basically I'm not trying to go buy another receiver, another set of speakers, etc. I already spent hundreds on the living room speaker setup and don't want to the same. I just want to know the most efficient way to either get 5.1 sound, or get my current headset to emulate it. It has a pc/720 amp switch. When I used it on consoles, the 720 amp switch provided emulated 5.1, and it sounded great. On the pc, only the pc setting works and its not digital. Would a sound card fix this? Or should I get a sound card/ speaker combo? Thanks

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March 28, 2011 10:43:21 PM

If you want a low cost headphone solution
look at the Asus Xonar DG
It is about $35 with shipping included from Newegg
It has a headphone amp which supports Dolby Headphone surround
It has a front panel AC97 connection for your front panel headphone input
if you have one
If you connect headphone to card you do lose the regular audio output
since the headphone out is same as front out.
here is link to google with reviews

It is the best CHEAP card out there for sound
there is obviously better cards but for headphones and 5.1 this one
is good

I know you can output 5.1 with optical but I am not sure of
The DG does also have an optical Toslink out

If you want something better than look at the other Asus cards
The Xonar DX is nice also and the Essence is top of the line
Best sound cards for the money
Auzentech also makes nice cards but I believe they are pricey
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March 28, 2011 10:51:00 PM

Would that work with my current headset( Tritton ax 720)?
March 28, 2011 10:54:59 PM

i cant say for sure since I never owned a pair :) 
but what I do know is that the DG has selectable OHM setting for headphones
32ohms for earbuds for example
also I know it supports Dolby Headphone Surround
here is one of the reviews from the link i posted
does the Tritton use 1/8 inch analogue connections (standard small headphone plug)
March 28, 2011 10:55:35 PM

I got to do a virus cleaning and printer install onsite
I will check back later
March 29, 2011 1:29:20 AM

I just use the optical output for now, but when I use it out of my mobo, I cant' use the amp for the headset. I guess I need a dedicated sound card + a new headset. Any good semi-cheap combos anyone know of?
March 29, 2011 3:44:06 PM

Does anyone have any good sound card/headphone combinations for 5.1 surround sound? My current headphones mimic it but it doesn't sound like stereo. As much as I love the crisp graphics on my pc, sound is a huge part of immersion, and my current setup doesn't compare to my home theater. I would like headphones because my pc is in the room and I need a way to play when the wife is asleep. Any recommendations? Thanks
March 29, 2011 4:18:32 PM

BTW both of my pci-e slots on my mobo are taken up; I have an unused pci slot. Thanks
March 29, 2011 5:02:43 PM

I am no help here
I just use high end sony buds
March 29, 2011 5:33:34 PM

Thanks though I'm thinking about just getting the Logitech G35
March 29, 2011 5:59:43 PM

Those are pretty sweet
The Xonar DG does have Dolby for the headphones so
that would work
April 5, 2011 1:01:07 AM

Best answer selected by statikstate.
April 5, 2011 1:59:28 AM

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