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SBX would be personal preference, but yeah, it can ruin music for sure. The Old CMSS 3D was better IMO and the basic mirror front to back worked when you wanted more sound without messing with the vocals or stereo image too much.

Glad they like the Omni. Even I have eyeballed it for my media pc with no expansion slots. Real question would be does it have any kind of hardware OpenAL or is it all software as well(I would guess software since it is just a DAC over usb and may not have any kind of hardware like the Audigy/X-fi did)?
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Anyone use this with Virtual sound 5.1 sound

Nuke, it blows away my gigabyte x58-ud5 rev 2 onboard sound, I wanted the Zxr but a lot of people say they are similar
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I have the X58A-UD5, but never even used the onboard sound since I have my trusty Audigy 2Zs.

I did try an Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro, but it's built in THX True studio was not for me. It was also much more quiet than its pci-e based counterparts, but this may be a voltage limit(5 volts would give a swing of +-2.5 with a rail to rail opamp. Should be enough, but maybe it was not rail to rail). Then again, if I can get an isolated dc-dc boost converter from 5 volts to +-12[24 total](they cost like 5 dollars to get a single one, in bulk they are very cheap), I am sure they can too.
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Hey everyone! I have the Omni but I have a question. Can I connect passive speakers to it? Is the Omni an amplifier?
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The omni(I am assuming you mean the usb external 5.1 card?) is NOT an amplifier.

It has a dedicated headphone(yes these are speakers, but with a much lower power requirement) amplifier, but this will not drive speakers well at all.
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Originally Posted by Nukemaster View Post

The omni(I am assuming you mean the usb external 5.1 card?) is NOT an amplifier.

It has a dedicated headphone(yes these are speakers, but with a much lower power requirement) amplifier, but this will not drive speakers well at all.

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