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Asrock Motherboard and Turtle Beach PX5 - Need Audiophiles advice

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys I recently built my own computer one of the relevant parts that I want to ask you guys about is the Motherboard which has onboard audio. The onboard audio also has a S/PDIF out port.

I got a Turtle Beach PX5. If you are not familiar with those, they are wireless and transmit the signal via radio 2.4Ghz which obviously has a receiver which I have connected to that S/PDIF port via optical cable. It works very well but I want to improve my audio.

So my question is, will I benefit from getting a dedicated sound card, taking in consideration that the signal is digital and then broadcast via radio signal or should I get a sound card plus a wired headset?

I was looking at the X-FI Titanium specifically because of the S/PDIF, I also looked at the Recon3D but I discarded these because doesn't have all the features that the X-FI has plus they seemed to not have had good feedback.

I would really really appreciate if only audiophiles that know there stuff would give me some quality insight.

Thanks for the feedback guys
Edited by MoyuZ - 1/16/13 at 9:22pm
post #2 of 9
First step, throw away your Turtle Beach headset and don't buy anything else in the future labeled as a headset if you care about sound quality.

Second step, a sound card won't do anything for your PX5's because they're wireless so don't bother buying one unless you're getting a non-USB, wired headset/headphones.

Third step, if you absolutely absolutely care about sound quality, stay away from sound cards. You're much better off getting a dedicated external USB/Optical DAC. Granted you won't get all of that cool stuff that companies say you need like Dolby this, EAX that, etc.

Everything else depends on how much you're will to spend.
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Well I was considering selling the PX5 and put some extra cash to get a good Sound card + Headset combination as the thing that I really care about is sound quality and sound positioning for FPS games, specifically BF3.

Now you got me doubting, Are External USB/Optical DAC better than sounds cards? Can you explain a little bit more as to why?
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Now you got me doubting, Are External USB/Optical DAC better than sounds cards? Can you explain a little bit more as to why?

Sound cards are very limited, the most expensive one you can buy is $250 on Newegg right now. DAC's can easily go up into the thousands of dollars. While price doesn't always determine quality, you get the idea.

Sound Cards
- The amount of components manufacturers can put on a card are limited because the card can only be so big.
- High end audio manufacturers can make a $1,000 sound card if they wanted, but what computer enthusiast is going to buy it?
- You always run the risk of hearing EMI through the sound card because it's close to other components in the computer.
- Sound cards aren't nearly as portable as an external DAC, once it's installed into the computer, you can't unplug it and use it with your laptop if you wanted to.

DAC's
- You're going to be limited to stereo sound, good luck finding a DAC with surround analog outputs.
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post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for clearing up.

So at this point I think I don't need a DAC since the main purpose of my PC is gaming.

So from your explanation for best surround, positioning experience I will need a sound card + wired headphones, Did I understand correctly?
Edited by MoyuZ - 1/17/13 at 9:04am
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Thanks for clearing up.

So at this point I think I don't need a DAC since the main purpose of my PC is gaming.

So from your explanation for best surround, positioning experience I will need a sound card + wire headphones, Did I understand correctly?

You'll get good surround/positioning from either a DAC or sound card, however if you want the artificial surround-enhancing mumbo jumbo, get a sound card.
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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks man, I really appreciate.

It seems like you are a DAC person, if I decided to go with a DAC which one would you recommend?
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It all depends on what you're willing to spend.

Schiit Audio just came out with a killer combo that you can't really beat for the money ($200 for both) - the Modi and Magni.

http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=14
http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=13

If you have speakers, you'll have to split the RCA output from the DAC. Not really a big deal, just thought I'd tell you.
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Thanks man
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