I feel silly asking such a simple question—I can build a computer blindfolded, but from time to time I shock myself at the little things I haven’t learned: If I buy a USB-powered headset and install a Sound Blaster card on my motherboard, will my headset take advantage of the soundcard even though it’s plugged into a USB port (and not directly into the card)?
Sean, your USB headset includes its own sound decoders and will not take advantage of your Sound Blaster card. The best way to reap the benefit of your soundcard is to buy an analog gaming headset. We really like the Astro a40, but it’s pricey: $200 without the Dolby-decoding mixamp. We also like Steel Series’ 5H v2, which is $100.
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