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post #1 of 11
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If you have a dedicated sound card, which would you pick:

A headset that utilizes USB, which completely bypasses the card?

OR

A headset with audio-in/audio-out jacks, connected to the card?

Using for gaming/teamspeak, as well as general usage.
post #2 of 11
I'd get the one with the jacks and plug it into my front panel when I need it.

Unless you have a good reason to run the headset as a second sound card. Like if you are only going to use it for ventrilo, you can put the game sounds on the speakers from your main sound card and run vent off the headphones.
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I use 5.1 surround sound USB headphones. Love'em.
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post #4 of 11
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I use 5.1 surround sound USB headphones. Love'em.
Cool. Just didn't know if it made much sense to have a dedicated sound card, but then bypass it altogether with a USB headset.
post #5 of 11
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Cool. Just didn't know if it made much sense to have a dedicated sound card, but then bypass it altogether with a USB headset.
I should add I have no regular PC speakers, so the USB option works great. Also when I use my head set I can switch back and forth fairly quickly.
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post #6 of 11
a dedicated soundcard will give u a better and cleaner sound (if u have a decent 1) however the USB soundcards give you 'Your' preferences on the move between computers.
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post #7 of 11
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Ok, was just doing some testing.

If I plug in the USB headset I have, Call of Duty 2 will not let me run EAX 3 sound...I presume that I'd need to have a USB headset with onboard EAX capability ($$), correct?

On the other hand, if I went out and got a headset that plugged into the sound card, I could then get the improved game audio quality (EAX works fine through the speakers that are plugged into the card).
post #8 of 11
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Ok, was just doing some testing.

If I plug in the USB headset I have, Call of Duty 2 will not let me run EAX 3 sound...I presume that I'd need to have a USB headset with onboard EAX capability ($$), correct?

On the other hand, if I went out and got a headset that plugged into the sound card, I could then get the improved game audio quality (EAX works fine through the speakers that are plugged into the card).
Really, its how much you want to spend. I still have my USB headset, and while it does not provide the SQ of a sound card and a nice pair of cans, they still work well and get the job done.

as for SQ, you could probably spend the same amount of money on a regular set of headphones and better bang for your buck
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USB Headsets have their own onboard "sound card" and driver. To my knowledge, none support EAX since they're too simplistic?
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post #10 of 11
I think the best thing to do would be to buy a Sound Blaster card, buy a headphone splitter, and plug in your speakers and turn them off when using headphones.

Some computers have headphones ports right of the front too....That works too.
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