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What is something I can use to plug my headphones into the optical and also have volume control?

I am getting a headphone setup soon to play at night for the quietness of others. My budget is under $300 for everything.

I decided on the Audio Technica ATH-A700's for the headphones.

I decided on the Asus Xonar DX for the sound card. Link
I wanted to get the Astro Mixamp to be able to control the volume level and use the SPDIF TOSlink for connectivity, but I can get the Turtle Beach DSS on ebay for a lot cheaper (around $70), but everyone is saying it is just a gimmick item.

I want to use the Optical on the Asus Xonar DX and then have my current speakers, Logitech G51, always plugged into the analog ports.

Is there a cheaper or right way to go about having the digital going to my headphones and have volume control capabilities?

Edit:

Diagram of desired setup

Asus Xonar DX > ??? >
Asus Xonar DX > Logitech G51
Edited by Frontman - 4/19/11 at 7:55pm
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post #9623 of 38142
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Quick question to the HA-RX700 owners, do they fit over the ear properly without touching, I have large ears and I've read sone people complain about the tip of their ears touching the pads.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
I did notice some pain on the tops of my ears wearing the RX700 and 900. I think I did get used to it though over time.
I get similar pain towards the top/back of my ears after wearing them for a while.
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What is something I can use to plug my headphones into the optical and also have volume control?

I am getting a headphone setup soon to play at night for the quietness of others. My budget is under $300 for everything.

I decided on the Audio Technica ATH-A700's for the headphones. Link
I decided on the Asus Xonar DX for the sound card. Link
I wanted to get the Astro Mixamp to be able to control the volume level and use the SPDIF TOSlink for connectivity, but I can get the Turtle Beach DSS on ebay for a lot cheaper (around $70), but everyone is saying it is just a gimmick item.

I want to use the Optical on the Asus Xonar DX and then have my current speakers, Logitech G51, always plugged into the analog ports.

Is there a cheaper or right way to go about having the digital going to my headphones and have volume control capabilities?
Why would you want to use the optical out? That's effectively bypassing any processing the card is doing. You might was well use onboard optical out as you'll need an external DAC anyways if you want to do it that way.
post #9625 of 38142
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Why would you want to use the optical out? That's effectively bypassing any processing the card is doing. You might was well use onboard optical out as you'll need an external DAC anyways if you want to do it that way.
Oh ok that explains a lot. Man I thought it would be cool to have optical going to my cans.

Well how can I plug both my 5.1 Speakers and my ATH-A700 headphones into the soundcard? Also, would it be bad (like worsen the quality) if I used an Astro Mixamp or Turtle Beach DSS to control the volume on my headphones?

Thanks for the advice.
post #9626 of 38142
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frontman View Post
What is something I can use to plug my headphones into the optical and also have volume control?

I am getting a headphone setup soon to play at night for the quietness of others. My budget is under $300 for everything.

I decided on the Audio Technica ATH-A700's for the headphones. Link
I decided on the Asus Xonar DX for the sound card. Link
I wanted to get the Astro Mixamp to be able to control the volume level and use the SPDIF TOSlink for connectivity, but I can get the Turtle Beach DSS on ebay for a lot cheaper (around $70), but everyone is saying it is just a gimmick item.

I want to use the Optical on the Asus Xonar DX and then have my current speakers, Logitech G51, always plugged into the analog ports.

Is there a cheaper or right way to go about having the digital going to my headphones and have volume control capabilities?

Edit:

Diagram of desired setup

Asus Xonar DX > ??? > Audio Technica ATH-A700

Asus Xonar DX > Logitech G51
Exactly my setup YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
post #9627 of 38142
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Originally Posted by Bigspender View Post
Exactly my setup YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
So you plug your headphones into optical?
post #9628 of 38142
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Originally Posted by Frontman View Post
So you plug your headphones into optical?
I have a Xonar DS. I have my Ad 700 plugged in the fromt audio port and my 5.1 speakers in the back. The Asus software allows me to choose which port I want to use. I imagine the DX does the same.
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I am just using the pretty cheap lifechat headphones from Microsoft
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I get similar pain towards the top/back of my ears after wearing them for a while.
I get those pain's after an hour or two of wearing my AKG K81's.
     
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