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Hey guys. I've been enjoying my audio through my X-Fi fatality, Logitech Z-5300's, and have been using their software for EQ and audio enhancements. I've always used wired headphones to plug into the volume module, and it sounds great to me.

One night I commented that I hated fumbling with the cord to my GF, and behold, she gave me some Plantronic 995 USB wireless headphones for X-Mas (Merry Christmas and all that to all BTW! )

They work... but I have to switch the Sound playback and Sound recording settings to "Plantronics" from the "SB X-Fi Audio" in the Sounds and Audio Devices control panel. Of course doing this disables the sound software too.

Is this the sacrifice I have to make for wireless? I can't use my EQ software?

They sound ok using the general Windows software... but not nearly as good as I think they can by tweaking the audio frequencies with the Creative software.


Thanks in advance!
Edited by 70_Malibu - 12/25/10 at 5:35pm
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Using USB for sound renders your soundcard useless for the headphones, they're not using the soundcard at all.
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Using USB for sound renders your soundcard useless for the headphones, they're not using the soundcard at all.
But I disabled the onboard audio through my BIOS settings. That should mean I wouldn't hear any sound. Did plugging these wireless phones in re-enable it? I never checked...

Crud. Is there any way to run the audio from the card to a USB bus or something?
Edited by 70_Malibu - 12/25/10 at 5:51pm
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But I disabled the onboard audio through my BIOS settings. That would mean I should hear no sound. Did plugging these things in re-enable it? I never checked...

Crud. Is there any way to run the audio from the card to a USB bus or something?
USB sound devices have their own sound processing hardware, which is why it doesn't use your X-FI and is also why disabling your onboard sound has no effect on it. There is no way to use the soundcard with usb devices.
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USB sound devices have their own sound processing hardware, which is why it doesn't use your X-FI and is also why disabling your onboard sound has no effect on it. There is no way to use the soundcard with usb devices.
Totally this.

The digital signal from the program or game will be directed straight to the default sound device. Even if the sound card had a USB port, it would be just be a carrier for the signal.
It wouldn't convert it to analog. The digital to analog conversion would be done on the headphones.
    
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Basically, USB headphones have an internal sound card inside. They do not interface with any other existing sound cards.
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Good stuff!!

Thank you guys, huge!

Now I guess it's a matter of preference... wireless or better sound. I hate to be a sound snob, but I might have to break the news to her that I hope she has a gift receipt. I didn't know USB wasn't compatible to warn her beforehand.

Would you guys happen to know if someone offers some sort of 1/8" basic wireless jack set up? You probably can't do it without power to transmit though, and that'd be messy.

Googling is my friend... (not really...Instant On sucks)
Edited by 70_Malibu - 12/25/10 at 8:01pm
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