Originally Posted by sync
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.