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Xonar dx works beautifully in battlefield 3
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http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio...r_Essence_STX/

has stereo RCA and headphone out. not sure if the volumes can be changed individually.

didnt know they dont work with BFBC2... is the volume on this card just for the headphones, or is it system volume?

http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B001BDPLJA.htm

my creative x-fi titanium plays both headphones and speakers at the same time (i use the optical out)
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post #13 of 37
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Thank you all for the answers.

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Originally Posted by frizo View Post
If you have a DAC/amp for your headphones you could run an optical out from the Titanium HD to that and use the HD's analog outputs for a 2.0/2.1 speaker set-up. Then all you need to do is switch the sound output in Windows to switch between the two instead of fishing behind the case all the time.
Do you mean switching between analog and digital output is possible by software (switching between two analog outputs, as we have seen, it is not possible)?

What DAC/AMP do you recommend for headphones like ATH-AD900 and PRO 550?

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Originally Posted by xxmastermindxx View Post
What are the Xonar/BC2 issues? I'm running Xonar but so far the only issues I've had have been Afterburner related.

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See: http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...reative-x.html

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Originally Posted by Djacdk View Post
I use an ASUS Xonar Essence STX, and I just have to change the output in the driver control panel, takes like 2 sec.
This is what that guys would want: http://forums.creative.com/t5/Sound-...ws/td-p/562754

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Originally Posted by Nick2253 View Post
Either way, by using a Y-splitter, sound is output by my computer to both the headphones and the speakers simultaneously. If I want to just use my headphones, I turn off my speakers. When I want to use my speakers, sound is actually coming out of both my headphones and speakers, but my speakers just kinda, sorta, overpower my headphones when I have them on my headphone stand.

And what do you mean "deal with BFBC2"? Furthermore, why doesn't your onboard sound cut the mustard here? In my experience, unless you are willing to lay down serious money on speakers or headphones, the difference between onboard sound and a sound card are pretty negligible. And especially if all you are doing is gaming, onboard will be more than sufficient.
I understood what you meant but that idea doesn't please me. To use the dedicated headphones output for both... To pay for a expensive soundcard to make kludge is melancholy.

Though, your idea is very creative and intelligent. Thank you.

i don't know whether I used the right word (deal), but I meant on the issue reported in the review wich was linked above.

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Originally Posted by BirdofPrey View Post
If you want to have the speakers and headphones outputting the same audio use a splitter off the frton channel on the back.

If you do what I do and use the speakers for everything and reserve the headphones for teamspeak/ventrillo, set the headphones as default communication device and the speakers as default device and both should work without muting. (Both programs will default to using the default communication device, and you can always change it in settings)
I don't understand.
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There is no real pain in using two sound cards other than the fact that you shouldn't switch sound cards in the middle of audio playback when the program isn't set to output to a certain output device. This is only a concern if you just use Primary Audio Driver for everything. Winamp, which I use, allows me to choose which sound card to use.

You can just set the default device in Windows' audio settings and you should be good to go.

I've done dual sound cards for a while now. I used to have an X-Fi XtremeMusic and a Xonar D1 that I switched between. After moving up to the TiHD and the Essence STX, I do the same thing.
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I understood what you meant but that idea doesn't please me. To use the dedicated headphones output for both... To pay for a expensive soundcard to make kludge is melancholy.

Though, your idea is very creative and intelligent. Thank you.

i don't know whether I used the right word (deal), but I meant on the issue reported in the review wich was linked above.
I guess you could consider it a kludge, but most high-end sound cards are not designed to have dual outputs (like a rear speaker output and a front panel output) that are separate from each other, and will mute one when the other is plugged in. When you enter the high-end audio space, you either pay too much for a high-end op-amp soldered to a half-baked audio processor that has "consumer features" (like the new Creative Cards), or you get something that forgoes consumer features for a more serious solution. The Xonar was a first attempt at doing both, but it fell flat on its face given all the bugs it has.

Again, I feel that you're doing a lot of work, looking to spend more money than you need to for this stuff. Onboard audio works really well, especially in today's motherboards, and it includes fully functional front panel headers, which sounds like your most important feature. Unless you have studio grade headphones or speakers, why go with a dedicated sound card?
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Thank you.

renji1337 says that BF3 works fine with Xonar.

Except for the BC2, are the Xonars suitable for gaming?
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Originally Posted by Nick2253 View Post
I guess you could consider it a kludge, but most high-end sound cards are not designed to have dual outputs (like a rear speaker output and a front panel output) that are separate from each other, and will mute one when the other is plugged in. When you enter the high-end audio space, you either pay too much for a high-end op-amp soldered to a half-baked audio processor that has "consumer features" (like the new Creative Cards), or you get something that forgoes consumer features for a more serious solution. The Xonar was a first attempt at doing both, but it fell flat on its face given all the bugs it has.

Again, I feel that you're doing a lot of work, looking to spend more money than you need to for this stuff. Onboard audio works really well, especially in today's motherboards, and it includes fully functional front panel headers, which sounds like your most important feature. Unless you have studio grade headphones or speakers, why go with a dedicated sound card?
All motherboards that I used had a buzz or humming in the audio.

Several reviews I read say that a dedicated sound card worth it. I consider a cheap sound card for around $100. Do you think it is worthless? Are the new motherboards free of electromagnetic interference which cause noise when we move the mouse?
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Thank you.

renji1337 says that BF3 works fine with Xonar.

Except for the BC2, are the Xonars suitable for gaming?
I have not tested BF3 with the Xonar. Xonars are fine for gaming for the most part but I do find their positioning somewhat wacky in a lot of games the closer I listen for the cues.
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Originally Posted by lb_felipe View Post
All motherboards that I used had a buzz or humming in the audio.

Several reviews I read say that a dedicated sound card worth it. I consider a cheap sound card for around $100. Do you think it is worthless? Are the new motherboards free of electromagnetic interference which cause noise when we move the mouse?
I personally have never noticed a buzz or EMI with onboard sound. However, onboard sound is far too muddled for my liking, and its base is just too weak. I totally feel that a dedicated sound card is worth it, but not because of gaming. I have a dedicated sound card and amplifier DAC because I am what you would call an "audiophile", and I spend much of my time listening to lossless rips from my vinyl collection.

However, when it comes to gaming, a see no difference with respect to onboard audio and dedicated audio, especially with most of the consumer crap headphones and speakers that are out there.
post #20 of 37
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Thank you all for your help.

I was thinking. The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 would be the solution to the issue?

RallyMaster think so, but he is not sure.

Would one clarify once and for all that?

Does the Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 allow switching between dedicated output for headphones and speakers outputs without requiring a physical disconnection of any of these devices?
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