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Is the HD a stereo soundcard? Does that mean the optical output isn't 5.1 etc ?

This looks like the perfect card. But I don't want the headset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132018&Tpk=Asus%20Xonar%20Xense%207.1
Edited by Vandal4126 - 7/19/11 at 11:07pm
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What about this one?
http://www.sybaritic.co.za/store/pro...ducts_id=25280
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I just ordered the Titanium HD I really hope it's as good as people say. Also I have a set of normal stereo speakers. I'm assuming those would plug in no problem?

I see something about replacing stuff on the card. Is this necessary? Do you need a lot of tools to get this done? What are the benefits of this 'mod'?
You can replace the op-amps on it. It's actually a pretty nice feature. Replacing the op-amps can change the sound signature of the card, but it isn't something that you need to do.
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There's no point of you using the Mixamp for PC gaming. Really.
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There's no point of you using the Mixamp for PC gaming. Really.
Would it not help with surround? Since the Soundcard sends the 5.1 signal to it and it processes it for the virtual surround on stereo headsets like the A40 and PC 360? Looks like the STX is a very nice card, I can get for $130 locally, whereas the HD I'd need to import
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STOP DON't BUY ANYTHING...

If you are using optical out of the card it means that the output is digital and not analog. The main difference between the onboard card and these high end sound cards are the DAC which converts digital audio to analog audio to be played by speakers. Since you are using optical out to your mix amp what this means is that the mix amp is the sound card!!

By purchasing one of these you will not gain anything in terms of sound cards cause the sound card on your computer is not processing any of the information itself and offloading it to your mix amp. To gain from the sound card you'd have to plug the headphones into the analog outputs of the card itself..

You guys should'nt give advice if you don't know what your talking about. I reccomend the OP to check out headfi for more opinions because the OCN community doesn't know much about audio...
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STOP DON't BUY ANYTHING...

If you are using optical out of the card it means that the output is digital and not analog. The main difference between the onboard card and these high end sound cards are the DAC which converts digital audio to analog audio to be played by speakers. Since you are using optical out to your mix amp what this means is that the mix amp is the sound card!!

By purchasing one of these you will not gain anything in terms of sound cards cause the sound card on your computer is not processing any of the information itself and offloading it to your mix amp. To gain from the sound card you'd have to plug the headphones into the analog outputs of the card itself..

You guys should'nt give advice if you don't know what your talking about. I reccomend the OP to check out headfi for more opinions because the OCN community doesn't know much about audio...
Thanks for your help Well the onboard soundcard seems to do a good job for me that's why I wanted to find out if I really had to upgrade it. The reason I want to use the Astro Mixamp is because then I don't need to remove/move any cables to run both my PC and XBOX seamlessly. I've heard good things about the Astro Mixamp+PC 360 and thought a better soundcard would maybe send equalized sound to the mixamp thus adding more highs and lows etc...
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Thanks for your help Well the onboard soundcard seems to do a good job for me that's why I wanted to find out if I really had to upgrade it. The reason I want to use the Astro Mixamp is because then I don't need to remove/move any cables to run both my PC and XBOX seamlessly. I've heard good things about the Astro Mixamp+PC 360 and thought a better soundcard would maybe send equalized sound to the mixamp thus adding more highs and lows etc...
No worries.. Yeah i can understand wires/no wires they are a hassle.

The only way to get better sound out of buying a sound card in your setup would be if the mixamp receives analog input as well. In this case it is the soundcard in the computer doing the processing. With your current setup though buying a soundcard would do absolutely nothing to benefit your sound quality, you might lose a tiny bit of distortion but it definately isn't worth more than 10 bucks....
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Do you think the PC 360 + Astro Mixamp will sound as good as me plugging the 360 straight into one of these Soundcards? Would I be losing a noticeable amount of quality running it the way I am?
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I bought the PC360s when I got my Xonar Essence STX. Sounds incredible...
    
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