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1. Does it support 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound? I noticed it has a S/PDIF Out port so I will be using that with my new AX720 headset. My onboard sound supports 5.1 but the quality is horrible.

2. Could I plug my 2.1 speakers into the 3.5mm port while my headphones are in the S/PDIF Out port and switch in between them? I obviously won't listen to them at the same time. I just want to be able to switch between them without too much complications.

3. Will I notice a difference if I buy this card from onboard sound? I am a cheap bastard and I can't really afford to buy a more expensive card since I just bought my 6870. Is it worth the upgrade?
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#1 - It does support Dolby Headphone and 5.1 DDSS (if the source material has it). It does not support Dolby Digital Live!, which is used in many games.

#2 - Yes. I use my Xonar DG in the exact same way. However the optical link (when enabled) is checked by the ASUS software when you want it enabled, unless you choose the pass-thru via Sound options in Windows (bypassing all analog on the card). I have found no way to turn off the headphone (3.5mm jack) unless you manually switch the input from Headphone/2.1 to Front Panel.

#3 - Absolutely. The Xonar DG is cheap but includes much better quality sound deliverance, includes a built-in headphone amp, and is simple to setup/use.
    
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#1 - It does support Dolby Headphone and 5.1 DDSS (if the source material has it). It does not support Dolby Digital Live!, which is used in many games.

#2 - Yes. I use my Xonar DG in the exact same way. However the optical link (when enabled) is checked by the ASUS software when you want it enabled, unless you choose the pass-thru via Sound options in Windows (bypassing all analog on the card). I have found no way to turn off the headphone (3.5mm jack) unless you manually switch the input from Headphone/2.1 to Front Panel.

#3 - Absolutely. The Xonar DG is cheap but includes much better quality sound deliverance, includes a built-in headphone amp, and is simple to setup/use.
Thanks for the quick reply and detailed information. I will be picking the sound card up sometime this weekend
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Thanks for the quick reply and detailed information. I will be picking the sound card up sometime this weekend
You will definitely enjoy it, no doubt! I don't know the specifics of your headphones but be sure if you're plugging them in via analog, use the back jack instead of any front-panel jacks (just to negate any odd interference within the PC cabling).

Also, be sure you set the correct ohms and select Headphone instead of 2.1 (so you get the ohms option). This is what triggers the built-in amp.

If your headphones (upon reading your OP again) are via Toslink, disregard the options I mentioned above about ohms and headphones setting.
    
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You will definitely enjoy it, no doubt! I don't know the specifics of your headphones but be sure if you're plugging them in via analog, use the back jack instead of any front-panel jacks (just to negate any odd interference within the PC cabling).

Also, be sure you set the correct ohms and select Headphone instead of 2.1 (so you get the ohms option). This is what triggers the built-in amp.

If your headphones (upon reading your OP again) are via Toslink, disregard the options I mentioned above about ohms and headphones setting.
Toslink and S/PDIF are the same thing right? I am connected via S/PDIF. All I know is that it is like a red optical cable. Anything specific I should do?
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Toslink and S/PDIF are the same thing right? I am connected via S/PDIF. All I know is that it is like a red optical cable. Anything specific I should do?
Well S/PDIF is the connection type (I think) as it is a digital connection. That connection can be made by two different (well more really, but commonly only two besides HDMI and other professional jacks); a) Coaxial Cable (similar to a single-RCA cable) or b) Toslink cable.

Coaxial is a (I think) copper based cable, whereas Toslink is an optical cable. For all intents and purposes neither is better than the other. They are however, two different types of jacks. The Xonar DG has a Toslink jack, not coaxial.

    
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Well S/PDIF is the connection type (I think) as it is a digital connection. That connection can be made by two different (well more really, but commonly only two besides HDMI and other professional jacks); a) Coaxial Cable (similar to a single-RCA cable) or b) Toslink cable.

Coaxial is a (I think) copper based cable, whereas Toslink is an optical cable. For all intents and purposes neither is better than the other. They are however, two different types of jacks. The Xonar DG has a Toslink jack, not coaxial.

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I would rep you again but I am in my bed using my phone

You have been very helpful

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A kind gesture, but I'm here to help and learn, not for rep.

Enjoy it when you get it!
    
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