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So right now I use a Xonar U3 connected optically to a MixAmp, which is plugged into my PC360 headset. But if I were to buy, say, a Maximus VI Impact (which I assume only supports DTS like all other ASUS boards), it seems like a shame plugging a USB sound card into a board built for audiophiles. So how would I go about getting a DTS Connect stream into my cans?


PS: I would need a viable way to plug in my microphone as well, since the headphone and microphone cables are bundled together tongue.gif
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An optical connection can only support the bandwidth of 5.1 surround when it is compressed, which is why you need Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect to encode and transport the digital signal to the mixamp. The Maximus has DTS Connect, so you could get rid of the Xonar.

You might want to try just using the Maximus' audio without the MixAmp and see how it sounds. It'll have it's own simulated surround, similar or the same as Dolby Headphone that the MixAmp uses. Either way you can use the microphone input on the motherboard.
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Sorry but the world of audio has always confused me

So what does my Mixamp do for me that my Xonar U3 doesn't? If I plugged my headset into the Xonar U3 directly with Dolby Headphone enabled, would I be able to toss the Mixamp?
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Sorry but the world of audio has always confused me

So what does my Mixamp do for me that my Xonar U3 doesn't? If I plugged my headset into the Xonar U3 directly with Dolby Headphone enabled, would I be able to toss the Mixamp?

They both use Dolby Headphone to mix the surround into stereo for your headphones. I think the only difference might be the amp in the MixAmp might be better than the Xonar. When you get the new motherboard, I would just use that and ditch both the Xonar and MixAmp.
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