Originally Posted by Atomagenesis
First off Cuad must be deaf because the RealTek ALC889 is trash compared to the SBZ. I used the ALC889 for a year before I switched to the SBZ and it was a night and day difference especially for positional sound in gaming the SBZ is the best on the market IMO. The soundstage is much better and everything just sounds cleaner and crisper.
Cuad has no idea what he's talking about.
The people who claim this either equate louder to better or do not use high fidelity settings and instead use one of their new soundcard's DSPs (Creative's Entertainment Mode for example). The latter absolutely creates a different (and in fact distorted) sound, but these guys spent $100 on the sound card, so they just assume it is better.
As for deafness, I had my ears checked out by two docs (audiologist and ENT), just because that was everyone's favorite defense for months. Both said I was fine.
Anyway, since I actually care about helping:
Originally Posted by nick2124
Do you know which port I should be using? I've just got ATH AD700s plugged into the green slot. But, I read it's best to use the S/PDIF slot. Though, I don't recieve any audio when plugged in - and I've tried playing around with windows audio settings.
Any idea's ?
The AD700s (and all 3.5mm and 1/4" headphones) only accept as input an analog signal. The green port outputs an analog signal. The SPDIF port outputs a digital signal. Therefore, the AD700 and the SPDIF port are incompatible (hence you don't receive audio), and therefore you should use the green port.
Why do people claim SPDIF is better? It outputs a digital signal that you can pass to the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) of your choice. Whereas, if you use the green port, you are forced to use your motherboard's integrated DAC. However, they are not really celebrating choice. What is really going on is that they believe that the DACs of their choice are better than the motherboard's DAC, because they paid $100+ for it and because that is what they read everywhere blind tests were not posted.Edited by cuad - 1/23/16 at 1:19pm