onboard audio from Asus ROG vs Soundblaster Z (running via optical ONLY)

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  1. super kermit

    super kermit Member

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    I have a receiver (yamaha RXV-377) connected via optical to a 5.1 setup

    Speakers are Paradigm Cinema 90 v3 with a Velodyne SPL Series II subwoofer

    Speakers might be switched out for a set of Klipsch quintets but same subwoofer

    Headphones are Audio Technica ATH AD700

    Onboard sound is via ASUS ROG Rampage V extreme (SupremeFX 2014)

    If I connect to the amp via optical only and run speakers and headphones via the amp, is it worth getting a sound card?

    If yes, I was thinking the creative Soundblaster Z or ZX
     
  2. Thalyn

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    The main advantages of a discrete soundcard come down to how it processes sound digitally and how well it converts it to an analogue signal. Since you're using optical output, the latter is completely irrelevant.

    Signal processing was once a fairly big deal. Then Windows Vista happened, pulling the HAL from the sound subsystem, and now it's all software-based outside of specific circumstances. Since both support DTS Connect (Creative also has DDL) and have their own post-processing options (SBX vs Sonic), unless you really need hardware OpenAL or prefer one form of post-processing to the other it really isn't worth the money.
     
  3. Matthew kane

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    Based on my experience, for this purpose my answer is a 'No'.
     
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