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Will my Astro A50's work with a ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound and?

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January 2, 2013 5:53:28 AM

Title basically says it all. Will they work? Cheers
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January 2, 2013 11:07:09 AM

Yes, but its a waste of cash. There is no reason to get an STX for using its optical output. May as well buy a much cheaper card if thats what you are going to use.
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March 20, 2013 7:42:35 AM

I'm new to this too. May I ask what is the purpose of the sound card then? Is a sound card not required to make the most out of the Astro A50?
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March 22, 2013 5:47:51 AM

Gentle Banana said:
I'm new to this too. May I ask what is the purpose of the sound card then? Is a sound card not required to make the most out of the Astro A50?


Back to basics: Audio is an analog signal. On the PC, the audio file is saved as a digital file. What that means, is at some point, some device is going to convert that digital file into an analog signal so your speakers/headphones can output the sound.

When you use the digital output of a soundcard, this process is handed off to some other device. In this case, the A50's, not the soundcard, will be the primary driver of audio quality. You only benefit from a soundcards software side enhancements. That's it.
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