Originally Posted by Killerlinez
Originally Posted by brucethemoose
You actually don't need a soundcard for surround virtualization, as Razer Surround does that for free
. And the DGX certainly has virtual surround: it's called Dolby Headphone.
I'm guessing the DSX is a better DAC/AMP than the Siberia USB thing (which I can't find specs for), and the software you can use it with it (XonarSwitch) is much cleaner/nicer. I'd use the DSX.
Be sure to install the community UNI Xonar drivers, XonarSwitch, and Razer Surround if you do go with the Xonar. You could install Dolby Home Theatre if you want to as well.
EDIT: And check out the Xonar club!
Originally Posted by brucethemoose Actually, before you jump to either one, you should compare the virtual surround software and see which one you like. Try using Razer Surround on the Xonar, try Dolby Headphone, then try whatever the Siberia comes with and see which you like best.
Ok, thank you!
I'll go with Dsx then. But then i wasted 100 dollars then <:/ . How do i install dolby home theatre (v4)?
FYI I figured out the Siberia soundcard just uses Dolby Headphone, which is nothing special.
DHT isn't that useful really, as it only works with 2 channels (though it should work in games if you use Razer Surround). Sometimes I use the dynamic equalizer or the voice crystallizer, but I rarely turn it on.
To install everything properly, first download the latest UNI Xonar drivers.
Download Dolby Home Theatre if you want itDHT
And make sure it's in the same folder as the UNI-Xonar installer. When you start the Xonar driver install, it should give you the option of adding in DHT. Follow the instructions.
Next, download/install XonarSwitchXonarSwitch
It should automatically disable the default Asus application from starting up, just close/disable it if it doesn't. Set it to 16 bit/44.1khz output in the "real time settings", enable any other effects you want but leave Dolby Headphone off.
Finally, download Razer Surround.
Set your Xonar to 2 channel input with XonarSwitch, then install it. Configure it for stereo headphones, and disable ALL the extra effects (Bass Booster, Stereo Enhancement etc.) as they're trash. Make sure the "Enable Virtual Audio Device" checkbox is checked, and you're done!
If you prefer Dolby Headphone over Razer Surround (Razer Surround is clearer and more accurate IMHO, but that's just my preference), uncheck the ""Enable Virtual Audio Device" checkbox, and switch to 8 channel input in XonarSwitch.
EDIT: Added images Edited by brucethemoose - 4/20/14 at 10:05am