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Dolby Headphone through Realtek ALC898? (Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe)

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I was wondering if anyone knows whether it would be possible to avail Dolby Headphone surround virtualization through the Realtek ALC898 chipset (as on the Asus P8Z77-I).

Some research suggests that this chipset supports Dolby Digital Live and this does show up on my ASUS-branded Realtek drivers in a separate tab; I can't use it as I'm using optical-out (2-channel) to my Peachtree Audio Nova DAC/preamp/integrated.

My guess is that the answer would be "no" since Dolby Headphone likely requires some type of separate licensing. I remember on my older Maximus Gene board with a Creative-wrapped Realtek chipset, I was able to avail the virtualization options and pass it through optical (e.g. CMSS-3D) and it worked perfectly.

Just seems crazy to have to pony up additional money for some sort of outboard middleman solution when I just want to feed a surround-virtualized optical signal to my $1000+ DAC. If anyone's accomplished surround virtualization through headphones on a ALC898 I'd like to know.
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For anyone wondering, the solution for this problem is the Asus Xonar U3.

It supports Dolby Headphone through its optical output and is external (USB). As far as I am aware it is the only external solution that can retain the Dolby processing when outputting to a DAC with SPDIF-in, which makes it indispensable for audiophiles that want to make use of their expensive outboard gear while gaming.
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