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Alright heres the deal, i have a xonar dx and a yamaha RX 467V receiver and 2 6950 ati gfx cards

how should i send my sound for the best quality?


Should i do HDMI to the receiver and then hdmi from receiver to monitor?
Should i do SPDIF optical to the receiver and then hdmi from pc to monitor


also should i plug my headphones (ad700's) into my soundcard, or my receiver?


what gives best audio quality for speakers and for headphones.
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post #2 of 19
I would prefer to use an A/V receiver because that gives you a lot of options because it does other things. Plus, it'll power your speakers because it's an amp too.

You could use your sound card to out put the sound to your A/V receiver instead of using the graphics ( I just assumed you were going to use the graphics card -> A/V receiver because you said the connection was though HDMI).
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well yeah i would use hdmi from the gpu, but when i use spdif optical to receiver via soundcard, its louder for some reason at the same settings, so i dont know what gives the best audio quality >_<.

i do know that if i use spdif on the receiver i can use the soundcards processing etc
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post #4 of 19
That's a tough one then. I would just pick which one sounds better to you.

But.... if you don't use the receiver then will it just be laying around unused? I know that's the step up from the V367 and I almost bought that one but I went with the Onkyo RC260 instead because I could get it for a better price.
    
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post #5 of 19
Watching this thread...

I'm no audiophile, but you should just use whatever machine has a better digital->analog audio chip. Not sure whichever one that is, but I'd imagine it would be the Yamaha.

Also, I don't think the sound card does much processing if you use the digital output. It's just passing through the digital signal with whatever effects you tell it to use, nothing your Yamaha can't do.
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That's a tough one then. I would just pick which one sounds better to you.
But.... if you don't use the receiver then will it just be laying around unused? I know that's the step up from the V367 and I almost bought that one but I went with the Onkyo RC260 instead because I could get it for a better price.

i have to use the receiver no matter what to power my 4.1 system lol, reguardless if i use spdif or hdmi, but for headphones i also don't know whether to plug it into the receiver or the sound card.

currently it seems that my soundcard to the receiver is sounding better, but that may be because it can also act as an amp for headphones. hmm. im listening to ruffneck bass as a test track and i can hear the drum hits alot better, alot higher of a sound

but may just be a placebo lol
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post #7 of 19
I would just use the receiver then so if it sounds better that way. I would think the receiver would power the headphones better than the sound card would.

I would of guesses it would sound better with the receiver too. Problem solved thumb.gif
    
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post #8 of 19
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tongue.gif the best part is i got everything super cheap, i got the receiver for 100$ used. with everything basically, even a receipt showing when they bought it, and i got the xonar dx for 25$ on ebay + 10$ shipping
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post #9 of 19
What???? $100 that's an amazing price for that receiver! It's not even old, it's a 2011 model.

Anyway it's good that you're using the receiver. It has a Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels, I think that applies to the headphone jack as well and I'm not audio expert but I'm pretty sure Burr-Brown is one of the best. It must be if that's what Yamaha uses.
    
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post #10 of 19
I would think Sound card optical -> receiver would provide the best sound for speakers. However, i would plug headphones just into sound card.
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