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Pass my sound to my amp via HDMI from my Nvidia 570 or via optical from Asus Xonar Essence STX?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by nightrider1470, 4 Apr 2012.

  1. nightrider1470

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    Just wondering which I should use for bluerays and games?
     
  2. paradigm

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    Obvious answer is that it seems rather pointless owning the Xonar if you are going to use HDMI audio for the bulk of your usage.

    Why not try both and see if there is a noticeable difference in sound quality?
     
  3. 95thrifles

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    as above, pointless having high end card if youre not going to use it, though with that being said not sure how many games will be able to make full use of it, so games may sound same over both, but for blu-rays and music then the STX is no brainer
     
  4. Buchanan0204

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    Always choose HDMI over Optical where possible.
     
  5. shadow_boxer

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    Depends on the quality of your AV Receiver to be honest. Even a basic AVR will probably be better than the soundcard so would go with pass though the GTX570.
     
  6. paradigm

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    :/

    That's entirely subject to the equipment in use.
     
  7. shadow_boxer

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    What I was thinking. No point using hdmi if your receiver is ****. Test it out but I suspect the AVR will give you better quality. Also what's your setup? 2.1, 5.1?
     
  8. Buchanan0204

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    It's one less cable for a start. I thought Optical couldn't carry lossless audio and HDMI could? Or have I got it wrong?
     
  9. AMMUT

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  10. J.B

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    Why?

    Soundcard is the logical choice to be handling the audio signal
     
  11. shadow_boxer

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    Unless the audio processing is better in the amplifier. Need to test it out ideally.
     
  12. Dave0w

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    i found when used the hdmi sound on my evga gtx460 it game a buzzing sound when the gfx fans go up in speed. so i would always go for the sound card.
    + thats a very nice sound card you have so the quality would be better when set up right then the hdmi sound
     
  13. 413x

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    I vote hdmi, got rid of my sound card for lossless hd audio to a receiver
     
  14. Buchanan0204

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    DTS Passthrough is always going to be better via an AMP than whatever a soundcard can do.