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 Post subject: Re: Picking out a sound card
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:34 pm 
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I had it going through optical just to see what that would sound like. I have it running through 6-channel direct now and music sounds better than it did with optical. I'm about to try out some games with this setting.


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 Post subject: Re: Picking out a sound card
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:15 pm 
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nsafreak wrote:
NickatNite25 wrote:
Everything sounds great to me. I have the z-5500s hooked up to it via optical running DTS 5.1 and the surround is soooo much better than it was with onboard audio. I've done some tweaking in the card's settings. Music requires different settings than games but everything sounds fantastic!


Wait, that doesn't make sense. Granted the Xonar Essence DS is a nice card but when you output via optical as opposed to analog it's no longer doing any processing, that's purely done by the DAC that's present in the Z-5500 speaker control pod. You should have been able to obtain the same experience simply by outputting from your motherboard's optical output unless it doesn't have one.


this isnt entirely correct.

the card/mobo DSP chip still does processing, its just all in the digital domain now. the analog section of the card/mobo isnt used, but signal processing still takes place. ie, rate conversion, equalization, environmental, etc.

with optical out the final DAC is now in the receiver (or speakers), but the card/mobo still has a lot to do with it.

now, whether its entirely on chip or partially via software is another matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Picking out a sound card
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:59 pm 
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NickatNite25 wrote:
The reason I chose this card was because it has solid reviews and the price is great. If I had the budget for a more advanced card, then yes I would've spent more.

Looking at the stats on your card and mine, they actually test pretty similarly. As with most things audio, you pay exponentially for tiny increments in performance.
The unofficial motto over on head-fi.org is "Sorry about your wallet". :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Picking out a sound card
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:01 pm 
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This is the set of benchmarks and tests I was referring to.


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 Post subject: Re: Picking out a sound card
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:53 am 
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Thanks for sharing that! I'm glad they included descriptions for some of the driver functions. I'm still trying to find the best settings for individual games, but I still hear a big improvement in everything.


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