Originally Posted by boredgunner
Yeah that's what I remembered, although I've read that plugging headphones into the ACM reduces sound quality compared to a straight connection to the sound card.
Speaking in general now, a used X-Fi Titanium HD can also be a great option, as it usually costs around what the Zx costs, or in between the price of the Z and Zx, and the DAC portion is pretty much the same as the ZxR. It lacks a headphone amp though, and doesn't allow for an analog 5.1 setup but then again I would never plug a surround setup straight into a sound card.
The ACM is a cable and potentiometer, it basically has the same affect as a long headphone cable, which is nothing unless you have a specific set of cans that are very sensitive to additional resistance.
I also support the X-Fi option as they generally have rock solid base drivers from the community support packages, however I'd still avoid the additional things such as EAX or the control panel as they can still be erratic.
Originally Posted by DmxDex
I dont think a dac is ideal for me when gaming. And i would like some sort of surround from my headset
I'm not aware of any virtual surround methods that actually work, for the most part you're better off letting the application work it out with its own methods, developed by engineers that specialise in how the sound effects should sound in that particular game.
Though actual speakers will do a much better job for surround regardless as the human brain utilises the entire body to work out sounds and their locations, somewhat why headphones sound "bland"
to some of us.That all said; You can still pick up a Z or Zx if its a decent price and try it out.