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post #11 of 58
Since it's digital... no. Analogue is much more heavily affected by things like adapters.

What exactly will you be using your sound system for? If it's just for music and movies that's great but if you want to game, remember that there is no way to get 5.1 out of the digital connection on the X-Fi. Other cards can, but the X-Fi definitely can't.
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Since it's digital... no. Analogue is much more heavily affected by things like adapters.

What exactly will you be using your sound system for? If it's just for music and movies that's great but if you want to game, remember that there is no way to get 5.1 out of the digital connection on the X-Fi. Other cards can, but the X-Fi definitely can't.
Oh wow I didn't know that. The system will be used primarily for music listening and I will be gaming as well. The quality of my music is much more important to me though.
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post #13 of 58
You realize that the audio you're hearing through the digital connection is still analogue audio because there still has to be a DAC in the Logitech system.

The question is - Is the DAC in the X-Fi or the Logitech better? If the X-Fi one is better, than analogue is probably going to sound better. I'm trying to find out which DAC the z5500 has built in. I'll get back to you when I find out.
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post #14 of 58
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You realize that the audio you're hearing through the digital connection is still analogue audio because there still has to be a DAC in the Logitech system.

The question is - Is the DAC in the X-Fi or the Logitech better? If the X-Fi one is better, than analogue is probably going to sound better. I'm trying to find out which DAC the z5500 has built in. I'll get back to you when I find out.
the DAC in the X-Fi is very, very good... but the analogue output stage after the DAC is very, very crappy. I haven't broken into my 5500's, but I have a feeling the analogue stage is better.


And digital cables can still change your sound, they just don't have as large of an impact as analogue cables do. That's why it's very important to get as close to the 75ohm spec for a digital coax cable. most so-called coax cables are not 75ohm if you measure them.
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So basically a modded X-Fi (you can mod all of the opamps for 5.1 right?) with analogue connections to the z5500's would be the stuff huh?
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So is there even a 'best' way to connect the Z-5500's to an XFI card?
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post #17 of 58
For music, the digital coax. But for gaming, the analogue is better hands down.
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I see. I forsee a minor problem if I were to go with coaxial, as the cable would use my XFI's digital out/microphone in minijack. During gaming, a lot of the time I chat with friends on Ventrillo. Are there any ways to work around this?
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Ummm, use the analogue? Sorry but the X-Fi without the front panel is pretty limited when it comes to connectivity.
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Hold on just a minute! Do you have a mic and headphone jack on the front of your case? If you do have them then check out this guide http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=107388
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