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How would the ZxR do with optical out into a receiver? Right now, I'm using HDMI out to my receiver which sounds pretty damn good but it would be nice if I could get the same sound from the digital optical when the card gets here. Would it be the about the same sound quality? I have a pioneer VSX-819H not the best receiver out there but has done well for me.

The real reason I am ordering this is to pair it with my new headphones:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-PRO-550-Professional-Headphones/dp/B000YDYEDW

Can't wait until it gets here!
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How would the ZxR do with optical out into a receiver? Right now, I'm using HDMI out to my receiver which sounds pretty damn good but it would be nice if I could get the same sound from the digital optical when the card gets here. Would it be the about the same sound quality? I have a pioneer VSX-819H not the best receiver out there but has done well for me.

The real reason I am ordering this is to pair it with my new headphones:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultrasone-PRO-550-Professional-Headphones/dp/B000YDYEDW

Can't wait until it gets here!
no, dont do this.
what the optical output does is to bypass the digital to analog conversion to an external module without to lose the the quality of the data on the way. i've checked the specs of the receiver and its dac can do 98db noise to signal ratio. the ZXR can do 124db.
now, some people will argue with me that, the spec of signal to noise ratio doesn't mean it's better, so let me remind the recon3d card with the 102db dac that sounds like crap compared to other cards.
post #133 of 150
Wait, isn't a dac box better than getting a sound card? Right now I have an Asus Xonar Dx and I'm looking to enhance my audio sound.

I'm not too sure if another sound card would make much difference, isn't it better to get an amp or dac system?
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and what do you call a sound card if not a "dac system", does it matter if it comes in a form of a pci-e card, or an external box?
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and what do you call a sound card if not a "dac system", does it matter if it comes in a form of a pci-e card, or an external box?

If this is a serious question, then yeah, I agree, it's obviously a DAC system and more.

Possible benefits of going external would be (1) avoiding dirty power from all the fast-switching circuitry in computers, (2) avoiding nearby EMI from a computer, (3) lack of parts size restriction. Many sound cards post extraordinary D/A results though, despite such limitations, if you want to call it that. (and @ andrew grp) Xonar DX already does quite well in that regard.
post #136 of 150
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no, dont do this.
what the optical output does is to bypass the digital to analog conversion to an external module without to lose the the quality of the data on the way. i've checked the specs of the receiver and its dac can do 98db noise to signal ratio. the ZXR can do 124db.
now, some people will argue with me that, the spec of signal to noise ratio doesn't mean it's better, so let me remind the recon3d card with the 102db dac that sounds like crap compared to other cards.

Well now that I think about it more I won't have a choice will I? If I install a sound card it will disable the on board audio correct? My main objective is to have a great set of headphones to game on but to use the PC to occasionally watch movies through my receiver. I hope it won't be to big of a difference between using HDMI to my receiver and the new soundcards Optical out.
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post #137 of 150
You turn off onboard audio in your Bios.
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post #138 of 150
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You turn off onboard audio in your Bios.

Yeah, I'm trying to figure out if I can use the onboard audio via HDMI out to my receiver at the same time the sound card powers my head phones.

I doubt you can but would be nice, otherwise I'll just have to live with the optical out from the sound card to my receiver.
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HDMI and OnBoard sounds is a big no-no for me.

 
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post #140 of 150
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HDMI and OnBoard sounds is a big no-no for me.

Why? The HDMI out to my receiver provided way better audio quality than any of the other connections for the onboard audio from my motherboard. I'll have my new soundcard soon and it seems like I will lose a bit of that quality via the receiver but I should still have great quality of my headphones.
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