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Here's one for Soloz and other audio heads here on the forums. I have been waiting for this to come out since I heard of it too long ago. I was wondering how I should best go about connecting it to my z-5500's. I had intended to go with the optical to the speakers, and using the analog on the soundcard to power a pair of 5.1 headphones I have, I've heard that the DACs in the 5500's will have to be used in this scenario. Is this true, and if so, what sort of performance could I expect going this way versus going with the analogs on the soundcard? Would it be worth my time to just buy a new set of cans?

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The X-Fi Prelude will have some very good analogue outs and I think it may be better to hook up the Z5500's through the analogue rather than the optical as long as you have a soundcard with VERY good analogue outs.

I'm not sure how the DAC on the Z5500 is though, as I couldn't find out what it uses and I've never really "actively" listened to the difference between their analoge input and digital input.
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To help your decision, Alot of guys bought the X-Meridian to use with this speaker system found the DAC's on the sound card were better then the DAC's in the speaker system SOOO, it meant the speaker sounded noticeably better using analog connection then a digital connection. The DAC's in the Z-5500's are not as good as the X-Meridian or the Prelude. Try both and make up your mind from there. Hope that helps.
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I'm not sure if the same rule applies to that card but for my Inferno, it's one or the other. Either you run optical and nothing else or analogue with the optical off. You can't have both running at the same time.
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um.. so speakers come with inbuilt DACs now??
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I thought that even though the signal is passed through a digital connection, it's still an analogue signal. Am I wrong?
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um.. so speakers come with inbuilt DACs now??
Only speakers that have digital connections

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I thought that even though the signal is passed through a digital connection, it's still an analogue signal. Am I wrong?
It's actually still a digital signal until it gets to a DAC somewhere in the loop. It may be in the soundcard, a CD player, or the system/receiver/amp itself. Either way, speakers really just work off of electricity (kinda) which is obviously analogue. This is why speaker cable does not need to be shielded - because it's just power.
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