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Hey sorry,

but what should I use?

My headset has 7.1 virtual surround and uses a hardware mix amp. It has dolby digital as well.

What should I use the optical cable (toslink i think its called) or the regular 3.5mm jacks that go in the onboard audio colours?

sorry for being a noob at this but im not sure which one is a better soloution.
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Hey sorry,

but what should I use?

My headset has 7.1 virtual surround and uses a hardware mix amp. It has dolby digital as well.

What should I use the optical cable (toslink i think its called) or the regular 3.5mm jacks that go in the onboard audio colours?

sorry for being a noob at this but im not sure which one is a better soloution.

I'm not a complete expert, but my gut tells me you should go with the optical cable. I don't see how you could have 7.1 surround sound being broadcast over one single minijack cable.

Why don't you try them both out to be sure. Turn on a movie and hear what the difference is like.

Hope that helps! smile.gif
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I'm not a complete expert, but my gut tells me you should go with the optical cable. I don't see how you could have 7.1 surround sound being broadcast over one single minijack cable.

Why don't you try them both out to be sure. Turn on a movie and hear what the difference is like.

Hope that helps! smile.gif

thanks mate, turned on transformers. Oh my god, the sound is excellent. Optical is the way apparently, sounds much better.

Thanks!
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thanks mate, turned on transformers. Oh my god, the sound is excellent. Optical is the way apparently, sounds much better.

Thanks!

Great - that's good to hear! (No pun intended ^^) As I thought - I don't think just one 3.5mm cable would have transmitted surround sound.

Glad you figured it out then. thumb.gif

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Great - that's good to hear! (No pun intended ^^)

haha!thumb.gif
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Astro a40 with mixamp?
If your optical output has DDL (Dolby Digital Live!), remember to turn it on.

Optical can only transfer 2.0 sound without DTS/DDL encoding.
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Astro a40 with mixamp?
If your optical output has DDL (Dolby Digital Live!), remember to turn it on.

Optical can only transfer 2.0 sound without DTS/DDL encoding.

Yeah, how'd you know?

Anyway yeah when watching movies and games I do, but I've found when on youtube that turning it off is better as there isn't as much echo-ish
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