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chiknhawk April 17, 2011 10:41 PM

Bose Companion 5 compatibility with additional sound card installed
 
I have a Bose Companion 5 connected through USB and I during gaming I like to use headphones but was not happy with the quality of the sound during gaming. So I am considering getting a sound card HT Omega Claro Halo, since this sound card has a built in amplifier for headphone. Now my question is if I leave my Bose connected to my PC and also insert the sound card along with its drivers, can I still use them both and switch between speakers or headphones connected through sound card? Or will this cause compatibilty issue having both in my PC? Please help

Jackquelegs April 18, 2011 08:58 PM

You would be fine, but you do have to set the default audio output for which device you want to use. The Companion 5 won't output sound at the same time as the Omega Claro, but I don't foresee any compatibility issues.

Control Panel -> Sound. This is my current setup with 2 USB headsets and soundcard. As you see whatever that's set to "Default Device" will be the main output.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1372434/Sound.jpg

chiknhawk April 19, 2011 03:02 AM

Thank you for the quick response. Now my next question is what headphone would you recommend I should get for gaming to use with this sound card? I think the Omega Claro Halo has amplifier and surround sound capability when used with the headphone. I currently have Bose over the ear and Sennheiser HD 380. I know these headphones are meant for music, but would I need to get a separate gaming headphones to hear surround sound during gaming?

Jackquelegs April 19, 2011 03:32 AM

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Originally Posted by chiknhawk (Post 507496)
Thank you for the quick response. Now my next question is what headphone would you recommend I should get for gaming to use with this sound card? I think the Omega Claro Halo has amplifier and surround sound capability when used with the headphone. I currently have Bose over the ear and Sennheiser HD 380. I know these headphones are meant for music, but would I need to get a separate gaming headphones to hear surround sound during gaming?

I'd say just use your HD380s for gaming, they're not too bad for it. To be honest, it really depends on the soundstage and directionality that the headphone produces. Even a pair of stereo headphones could offer great surround experiences, that much better than some of the 5.1 headsets out there.

You won't be able to fully take advantage of the surround option until you use a true 5.1 set, but that won't be necessary unless you really want it.

chiknhawk April 20, 2011 03:10 AM

any suggestions when it comes to a true 5.1 headset?? I was thinking about Turtle Beach for PC. What is your opinion on this product?

Jackquelegs April 20, 2011 05:16 PM

Not really, I don't particularly believe in 5.1 headsets

chiknhawk April 21, 2011 05:47 AM

Thank you for your help. Now my last question is how do I mark this thread as answered?

Jackquelegs April 21, 2011 10:06 AM

Don't need to, it'll just fade away with time:rofl:


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