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  1. I would upgrade just to get away from the Crossfire problems. A 660ti should run everything you need, especially when overclocked. However, I must say that I have been wanting a 670 for a long time (aka if you can, go for it).


    I'm guessing performance would see about a 20-30% increase going that route.

  2. Sup Com is still an amazing game, both on the sheer scale of the battles and on the ability to micromanage the dynamics of the game. I have to admit I play the original (with Forged Alliance) online with friends about once a week. :whistling:

  3. I got by for years with an antivirus program, I probably still could but I run MSE since it's light and I have ample RAM available

    You mean without right? I go back and forth between AVG and MSE. I prefer the way MSE operates and how it never asks you to buy anything. AVG is just good antivirus though.

  4. It's a 2 channel headset - so there's no real front to back no matter what.


    The processing your talking about (surround emulation) is done at the game level, not at the drivers. It only happens at the drivers when you use a fake 7.1 headset that downmixes to stereo internally. Personally I'd rather use the real stereo output as it tends to be much better about positional audio.



    2-channel sound doesn't mean it doesn't have positional audio.

    Listen to this on headphones. It's pure stereo. That's how games process sound (or, how they will once they get better modeling). Using a "7.1" headset in stereo mode will give you better positionality (is that a word?) than a "7.1" headset with "7.1" enabled then downmixed to stereo at the external box.



    USB audio doesn't mean it loses fidelity BTW. USB 2.0 is more than fast enough for lossless high-bitrate audio.

    Hmm interesting, thanks for the info. I had heard that "holophonic" sound before and I believe the barbershop one as well. If that is the case though, what is the purpose of sound cards? I'm just curious at this point :)


    @OP, Waco and I apologize for hijacking your thread :whistling:

  5. There is no front to back directionality in a stereo headset. :P

    I know this, but in a 5.1 environment there is front-to-back directionality. Stereo headsets like the a40 will still be perceived as stereo unless the input supplies the cans with the sound slightly modified to create the perception of surround sound. Then the algorithms may be able to trick the ears into hearing a slight difference in front-to-back sound.


    If 2-channel sound is coming from an audio source, 2-channel sound is what will be perceived. If that audio source is 7.1 and the headphones are able to handle it (like the a40s) then what is perceived is something akin to 7.1 sound.


    Now, I understand that you are saying the game outputs 7.1 channel sound. However, if the hardware connected to the headphone mixer only puts out 2-channel sound, that mixer will only be able to produce stereo sound. USB may be a different story since it is bypassing the audio card altogether, but loses some fidelity just like all USB audio.

  6. I guess I just don't see the point in buying a sound card when the headphones basically came with one already. :teehee:

    I agree with this statement, as long as he is alright with using USB and not optical.


    If you have bullets whizzing by your head and you have the source set to stereo, the external sound card is not going to know how to process those sounds in terms of front-to-back directionality. However, if the output is set to 7.1, or even 5.1 for that matter, the algorithms have something to start with to calculate how to position those "infinite speakers" around your head.

  7. In order to have accurate 7.1 directionality, the external mixer would have to be fed a 7.1 audio source, convert it into stereo but keep the directionality using audio algorithms, and then send it to the cans as stereo. The end result is that the algorithms trick your ears into thinking the stereo sound is in the original 7.1 format. If you start out with just a stereo signal, it will only be able to stay stereo, and the directionality algorithms will be useless. He's trying to do optical, which allows the source (the sound card) to do most of the decoding/decrypting, whereas with USB it is all done externally.

  8. People here are probably tired of hearing me rave about my Asus Xonar D2X, but I will do it at least one more time :lol: It puts out some very good, clean sound. I'm no audiophile, but I certainly can tell the difference between low, medium, and high-grade audio and the D2X is definitely on the high end. If you want something less expensive, the Xonar DX is also a good option. Furthermore, I have heard really good things about the HT Omega cards.


    Some of the other members here :cough: stonerboy :cough: will probably come along and rave about their DAC amps. I've not seen/heard those so my opinion is based solely on sound cards alone.

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