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Audio questions

#1ObtikPosted 9/15/2013 11:14:49 AM
At the moment, I have an astro mixamp and Sennheiser PC360 headset. My question is, does the mixamp convert the audio signal the same way, no matter the source? For example, would the source being a sound card improve audio quality over on-board sound after being converted by the mixamp? A sound card would basically replace the mixamp?

Am looking at getting this mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131855
and want some good audio to go with my sennheisers. Thanks for any help.
#2WerdnAndreWPosted 9/15/2013 1:03:21 PM
Depends on how its connected. If you use an optical cable then the audio is being sent digitally to the mixamp and the mixamp will do the digital to analog conversion. If you use the 3.5mm plug then the sound card will do the digital to analog conversion.

You can bypass the mixamp and find a decent sound card that has Dolby Headphone.
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#3Obtik(Topic Creator)Posted 9/15/2013 3:31:21 PM
But is the best option to bypass the mixamp? Is using the mixamp in conjunction with the soundcard and a digital audio cable essentially doubling up on the audio conversion? Im not sure :)
Thanks for the answer.
#4WerdnAndreWPosted 9/15/2013 3:38:46 PM(edited)
Depends which has the better components, a sound card or mixamp? There is no doubling up on the audio conversion because its digital. The sound card doesn't convert the audio, its being pass through to the mixamp which does the actual conversion.
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#5reincarnator07Posted 9/15/2013 3:38:04 PM
Your audio setup is only as good as its weakest link. Most onboard audio has lousy converters, so bypassing them is a good shout.
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