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post #31 of 38 Old 07-03-2012, 08:04 AM
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Yea, that will work too, though you need to plug it into a USB port for power and mic purposes.
I just have mine mixamp plugged into my USB port and it works fine, though my motherboard does have optical and coaxial outputs.
I assume Hawkwing wants to try surround now. Otherwise there doesn't seem to be any point in getting a Mixamp.

To get surround sound from the Mixamp you have to feed it a surround signal. That means you need Dolby Digital Live and there are very few motherboards that offer that for onboard sound.
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I assume Hawkwing wants to try surround now. Otherwise there doesn't seem to be any point in getting a Mixamp.
To get surround sound from the Mixamp you have to feed it a surround signal. That means you need Dolby Digital Live and there are very few motherboards that offer that for onboard sound.

Yeah I think I might try out the surround. Too many guys swear by it on the Head-Fi forum. Unfortunately, I don't have a Dolby Headphone receiver, or a Yamaha with that "Silent Cinema", so I need some type of mixamp box. My next receiver will definitely have Dolby Headphone DSP, as that would be really convenient. http://www.dolby.com/us/en/consumer/technology/home-theater/dolby-headphone.html

The Astro Mixamp is kind of a Dolby Headphone DSP in a small box. Its cool because you can use any headphone/headset with it. Guess I will be stuck with plain old stereo if I am to do any late night gaming on my PC, because my HTPC doesn't have optical or coaxial out. But the mixamp will be good for the consoles. http://www.astrogaming.com/mixamp-usb

I am a total noob about this stuff. Thanks for all the info. I am really curios about these surround sound headphone/headsets. I am willing to pay a little more for the Mixamp setup just to see what all the fuss is about, even though I will hardly ever use them. Information overload on the Head-Fi.org site. Thanks for the link N8DOGG.
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I'm PC only and don't want to install a sound card just for Dolby Headphone. I was going to get a USB headset but after reading and posting at headfi I went with an Asus Xonar U3 and a set of headphones that are supposed to be good for surround (Audio Technica AD700). The U3 is a USB sound card with Dolby Headphone.
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Audio Technica M50 Great headphones and in your price range..
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Glad it worked out sync. This thread actually was helpful to me too. As I mentioned I just had my Mixamp (along with the Astro A40 headset) plugged in through USB. But I wasn't getting surround. So I plugged in an optical cable (through my motherboard) and activated Dolby Digital surround in the sound properties - wow, it makes a huge difference in BF3.

The newer mixamps can do 7.1 but this one is just 5.1.
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Audio Technica M50 Great headphones and in your price range..
Have you used them for surround? According to this post at headfi thosearen't good for surround.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-6-10-2012-ultrasone-pro-2900-added-many-edits
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Apparently the ultimate in headphone surround is a product call the Smyth Realiser. Its very expensive at $3K and totally overkill for gaming. But owners say it is like listening to speakers.
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I've been rocking the Razer Tiamat 7.1 for the lest few weeks and have to say, they are quite good. It took a while to get them set just right but after tweaking my settings and EQ, I've got them dialed in and and very happy with them. Super comfortable too.

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