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Hi, I have a little problem. I have a pair of Astro A50s I would like to hook up to my computer. It appears I will need 2 toslink cables to do this, 1 for audio to the headset, the other for audio from the mic on the headset to the computer. Can I install drivers for my onboard sound when I already have a Xonar DG with unified drivers installed? Do you think this would allow me to use my headset for both sound a mic?

The other options I have are...

1: Buy a bluetooth adapter (~$15) for my desktop
2: Buy a condensor microphone

I want to see how the A50 mic sounds for recording (things like youtube) because I dont think my generic "connectland" desktop mic is very good.

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Sure you can, just enable the onboard in the BIOS. You could then plug the mic into your onboard and use your headphones or speakers with your DX. You just have to set it in windows by right clicking the sound icon in the bottom right and click sounds. Then adjust them correctly in the according tabs.
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I looked up the A50, can't you just use USB for voice?
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip View Post

Sure you can, just enable the onboard in the BIOS. You could then plug the mic into your onboard and use your headphones or speakers with your DX. You just have to set it in windows by right clicking the sound icon in the bottom right and click sounds. Then adjust them correctly in the according tabs.

Thanks, I'll give it a try. thumb.gif

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I looked up the A50, can't you just use USB for voice?
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Sure you can, just enable the onboard in the BIOS. You could then plug the mic into your onboard and use your headphones or speakers with your DX. You just have to set it in windows by right clicking the sound icon in the bottom right and click sounds. Then adjust them correctly in the according tabs.

Not sure, wouldn't you need software for that to work?
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Not to hijack the thread but it would help me.I ask what type of outputs does a midrange (in price) and a hig end sound card have?I believe the jack size is 3.5mm (that is not what I am asking).I mean something like left,center,right,perhaps subwoffer.Maybe they have one for headphone (perhaps some have two.Let me look around the net and see if I get this info from the spec. sheet.Thanks
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post #6 of 8
In the time it's taken to think and type this out, you could have installed the drivers and found out you can do it on your own.

I regularly use +3 sound devices at once and that means the drivers for them all. You won't have issues.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 2/8/13 at 4:39pm
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Originally Posted by Dirtyworks View Post

In the time it's taken to think and type this out, you could have installed the drivers and found out you can do it on your own.

I regularly use +3 sound devices at once and that means the drivers for them all. You won't have issues.
It is probably because he was worried that it would cause issues. It didn't take him all that long I'm sure, he was trying to avoid dealing with a potentially larger issue.....
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The mic did work through USB with no software. However, it does this weird fade in and fade out thing that really distorts what I am trying to say. I think I'm just going to order an Audio Technica, Samson, blue yeti, or something like that. Thanks for the help. If you didn't notice I repped you two that were helpful. thumb.gif

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In the time it's taken to think and type this out, you could have installed the drivers and found out you can do it on your own.

I've had a decent amount of issues with drivers and problems with my sound card I really didn't want to go through it again. Specifically when I played Far Cry 2 it use to crash quite often with a repeating noise that I had to restart the computer. The software for the asus drivers isn't very straight forward.
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