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If I pair an Asus Xonar DX with a headphone amp would I lose the Dolby Headphone feature of the Xonar?

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No, you won't.

But a dedicated amp would make keeping the Dolby feature on kind of silly.
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No, you won't.

But a dedicated amp would make keeping the Dolby feature on kind of silly.
And why is that?
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You wouldn't lose the feature, but amplifying an amplified signal usually doesn't work out to well. Best thing you can do is amplify the signal as close to the media as possible, and do mild tweaking with the headset amplifier. I think of car my car audio days. You're better off cranking up the bass on your reciever and trying to keep the gain on the amplifier for your subs lower, to minimize distortion. In short, you can do what you want to do, but I'm not sure it's going to give you the results you are looking for.
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Since I have no idea where this thread is going, let's just make a few things clear.

1) Combining an amplifier with a Xonar DX will allow you to keep your Dolby features.

2) Dolby Headphones isn't an amplification method, it's used to give a faux surround sound effect with headphones.

So I don't understand why you all seem to believe Dolby is amplifying something. It's not. There's no double amplification. And the Xonar DX does not have a built in amp.

That said, I'm not sure if you even use Dolby Headphone, but you wouldn't be missing much without using it. It's not that great of a feature. I would instead suggest you upgrade to a better DAC with a built in headphone amp. Ditch Dolby cuz it's really not helping you in games much.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Since I have no idea where this thread is going, let's just make a few things clear.

1) Combining an amplifier with a Xonar DX will allow you to keep your Dolby features.

2) Dolby Headphones isn't an amplification method, it's used to give a faux surround sound effect with headphones.

So I don't understand why you all seem to believe Dolby is amplifying something. It's not. There's no double amplification. And the Xonar DX does not have a built in amp.

That said, I'm not sure if you even use Dolby Headphone, but you wouldn't be missing much without using it. It's not that great of a feature. I would instead suggest you upgrade to a better DAC with a built in headphone amp. Ditch Dolby cuz it's really not helping you in games much.
I just think the Dolby effect is silly in general, that's all.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Since I have no idea where this thread is going, let's just make a few things clear.

1) Combining an amplifier with a Xonar DX will allow you to keep your Dolby features.

2) Dolby Headphones isn't an amplification method, it's used to give a faux surround sound effect with headphones.

So I don't understand why you all seem to believe Dolby is amplifying something. It's not. There's no double amplification. And the Xonar DX does not have a built in amp.

That said, I'm not sure if you even use Dolby Headphone, but you wouldn't be missing much without using it. It's not that great of a feature. I would instead suggest you upgrade to a better DAC with a built in headphone amp. Ditch Dolby cuz it's really not helping you in games much.
Thanks, that's some good info!
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One more question. Would something like an Aune MK2 be good to pair with Swan M10's?
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