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I know using onboard audio is blasphemy here, but right now I have a Tritton AX720 surround gaming headset. The headset has a post-processing box that takes either a 5.1 Dolby Digital signal or a Dolby Pro Logic II simulated surround stereo signal via the spdif optical line from the computer before driving 4 drivers (2 per side) in the headphones.

Right now I have it taking a 5.1 spdif signal from the ALC892 onboard chipset, and it even supports Dolby Digital Live, which is nice when I'm gaming. However, I have this Chaintech AV-710 sitting around from my previous system, and I know the technical specs are supposed to be superior. I'm curious if using this card again will be worth the hassle of trying to figure out how to get it to work with Windows 7 x64

I hear the AV-710 has awesome stereo, but since the post-processing box will try to turn everything into simulated stereo, won't that mess things up? Also, I haven't found anything that suggests the AV-710 supports live 5.1, it seems to merely support streaming of up to 7.1 recorded audio.
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Since you'l be using the digital out for both of them you shouldn't see a difference, digital signals are pretty much untouched by the soundcard and you'll get the same quality from the DAC/Amps in the headset from either.
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So basically, the gist is the Tritton post-processing box is doing most of the hard work converting 5.1 digital to whatever analog that drives the headset. Therefore the sound card/onboard audio doesn't matter because it just passes the data through?
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Yep, its mostly the digital>analoge conversion and anything after that determines sound quality and that all takes place in the headset.
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So basically, the gist is the Tritton post-processing box is doing most of the hard work converting 5.1 digital to whatever analog that drives the headset. Therefore the sound card/onboard audio doesn't matter because it just passes the data through?
Yes, you are right. But - if you want games to play in DD Live - you need to be sure that a) the game supports it (BC2), b) both your source, decoder/encoder, and output are capable of the format, and c) I'm not sure the ALC892 does DD Live.
    
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Yes, you are right. But - if you want games to play in DD Live - you need to be sure that a) the game supports it (BC2), b) both your source, decoder/encoder, and output are capable of the format, and c) I'm not sure the ALC892 does DD Live.
I think it does. I can't find the specs for the ALC892 online, but it seems to be similar to the ALC888 series. Basically this is what shows up with the Realtek HD Audio Manager and Windows Sound Properties.

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That's sweet if it does DD Live! Very nice!
    
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