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X-FI Fatality to z-5500's

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Psypher5, 10 Jan 2006.

  1. Psypher5

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    Heya, so made my mind up and getting on of these anytime soon. (The X-FI, already got the speakers)

    Before and atm I connect speakers via coax. Direct into onboard and also into digital out on my audigy2.

    Wondering best way to connect these two together, as I have read and witnessed lack of rears with the audigy2 via coax.. is this still the same for the x-fi or do the rears actually work via coax ?

    Also does everything that workes via analogue input work via digital, EAX and whatnot?

    Just asking a few random Q's before finalising my way of spending 150quid for this bleeding thing.

    //Is the software any easier to get a grip of than the audigy2? Dear, if its as bad I'll just stick with the jitteryness/hissing in bf2 thankyou :)

    ~Psy
     
  2. Psypher5

    Sgarrista

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    No one, they aren't really brain racking questions :p
     
  3. darkoroje

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    you have to connect via analog if you want to get rear channels, except when playing a DVD.

    The software is improved but you can install drivers only if you don't like Creative's software, altough you will lose control over many card features.
     
  4. Psypher5

    Sgarrista

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    Even with the fatality? I thought having the front panel with digital connections, they would have let it link up correctly in order to allow full 5.1 via digital?



    //just been doing some forum scouring, looks like ill be using the analogue cables too :)
     
    Last edited: 11 Jan 2006
  5. Xon

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  6. Steedie

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    where can you buy one of those (email in trust)
     
  7. Mud

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    Sorry for slight highjack, but am I correct in thinking I can connect my shuttle by SPDIF Toslink and my X-FI Fatal1ty'd tower by 3x3.5mm->6 phonos and switch between them for 5.1 on each? The logitech spec of "6 channel direct (3 stereo-mini connectors) for 2, 4, or 6 channel PC sound cards" makes it sound like they're just male/male 3.5mm stereo cables, which is doable, but I'd like to know.
     
  8. Xon

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    The logitech will accept 3x3.5mm for analogue input, one coax and one optical for digital. So to connect your fatality u need a cable with 3x3.5mm at both ends. The decoder part of the unit won't be used when doing that tho.
     
  9. Mud

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    Many thanks.
     
  10. Mud

    Mobster

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    One more thing, if I set the Dolby Digital bitstream out to off (built-in decoder), do I regain the Dolby Surround and DTS encoding?
     
  11. Xon

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    Encoding?

    If you set it to off the card will just decode the DD/DTS signal itself instead of passing it out through the optical / coax connection.
     
  12. Mud

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    I meant decode, sorry.