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Old 02-09-2008, 07:47 PM   #21
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Yep, though you'll also have access to Optical with that connection too!
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well thanks very much, to all of you! I'm pretty sure that's the best solution for me, so I'll work up the savings to buy the gear sometime soon.

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Got the connection today, and the first thing I can say, is it works like said. Its sending an Optical signal to my Z-5500's with only 1 3.5mm connection on the sound card going to the device.

Now, the clanger. No, I can't tell the difference like I thought I'd be able to.

It seems the Xbox 360 has a better sound processor than the X-Fi does

EDIT:

Also, the 6 channel output has gone. Its just stereo now.
I was expecting even music to use a Dolby Digital signal, so that games, etc would also work, but it seems its just outputting PCM
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it will only broadcast DTS/DD if the music is encoded that way...

you cant get something from nothing...like upconvert DVD players hahaha
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Yeah but the Xbox 360 for instance allowed for a Dolby Digital out for music, that sounded great, plus the usual Prologic affair, etc.

I was expecting this to do the same thing, and make the quality better, but it just hasn't, so I kind of feel a bit put out by it.

I think I will use the 360 for my audio once I get it back from now on, until I get a better sound card that is. The X-fi sounds muddy to me, and I have the bass/treble in Windows set to 50%.

I've tried to find a way to make it so the bass and treble isn't messed around with, and instead is controlled purely by the speakers, but don't know how to achieve that.

EDIT:

Well, I have it outputting using Dolby Digital now, by setting it to Bitstream out, rather than the sound card converting over in Digital mode.
So now its outputting a ACC 5.1 surround sound file using Dolby Digital
Oh yeah!

It also has the enhancement of disabling the Sound cards bass/treble settings, so I can use the speakers instead, as the muddy sound has now gone, at least on this surround file.

Found out its working due to a plugin I installed:

AC3 Filter Project Spdif

Bi-passes everything so the speakers get a pure signal with no processing.

Optical even sounds a lot better than Analog now for standard audio files. Tonnes better.
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