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SugarJ November 6, 2011 05:11 PM

Dual onboard / Xonar DX setup?
 
OK, when having lunch with my oldest son today he gave me back a 5.1 Home Theater setup that I want to use instead of my Logitech X-530's. It has way better sound, obviously.

Here's the issue(s). HT system has optical SPDIF input only. So I need to use SPDIF out on my DX or my mobo. However, if you plug in the SPDIF connector on the Xonar DX, you lose the mic in line.

Can I set my system to use my onboard for SPDIF out, then easily swap to my Xonar DX for Headphone/Mic use?

Shadowmeph November 6, 2011 05:28 PM

if you plug in the SPDIF connector on the Xonar DX, you lose the mic in line I didn't realize that. I do think that you can do that but I am wondering if you have to switch it over every time

Jackquelegs November 6, 2011 05:54 PM

You just have to switch default sound devices for windows. You can't use both at the same time.

lowfat November 6, 2011 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackquelegs (Post 565660)
You just have to switch default sound devices for windows. You can't use both at the same time.

You can't use both at the same time for the same application. You could however use onboard SPDIF for XBMC and have have games use the Xonar at the same time.

Sagath November 6, 2011 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by SugarJ (Post 565646)
OK, when having lunch with my oldest son today he gave me back a 5.1 Home Theater setup that I want to use instead of my Logitech X-530's. It has way better sound, obviously.

Here's the issue(s). HT system has optical SPDIF input only. So I need to use SPDIF out on my DX or my mobo. However, if you plug in the SPDIF connector on the Xonar DX, you lose the mic in line.

Can I set my system to use my onboard for SPDIF out, then easily swap to my Xonar DX for Headphone/Mic use?

Can you clarify on the last sentence? I assume you typo'd with 'onboard' out. You're outputing from the DX to the HT, and you want to switch and use the onboard input mic line, or outgoing headphone line?

If you are using the DX's SPDIF out to your HT, and you want to plug your headset in to your onboard to 'mute' the Home Theater (ala front panel features) it wont work.

If you want to set different devices for different features, you sure can. I have my HT setup selected to permamently out from winamp. However, the HT shows up as a seperate sound device in windows (but its via HDMI, so maybe thats why I can do this).

My guess is, after re-reading the OP again, is that you want it for the former purpose, in which case you're SOL, as Jack said. :sad:

Jackquelegs November 6, 2011 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 565671)
You can't use both at the same time for the same application. You could however use onboard SPDIF for XBMC and have have games use the Xonar at the same time.

Sorry I wasn't clear. Thanks lowfat.:canadianwave:

SugarJ November 6, 2011 07:52 PM

Here's what I was thinking:

Use the onboard SPDIF out for regular gaming/music use, then switch to the Xonar DX Headphone out and Mic In to use my Audio Technica's while I'm playing MP. The Xonar has excels in faking 5.1 over my stereo headphones.

I'll muck around with it as soon as I find my Toslink cable, and report back.

SugarJ November 7, 2011 07:48 PM

OK, turns out this setup won't do what I want. The onboard SPDIF only outputs in 2.0 as the Realtek chip doesn't support Dolby Live, and the receiver doesn't have a 5.1 RCA in. So back to the Logitech speakers for regular 5.1 gaming. Thanks for your help.

Jackquelegs November 7, 2011 07:53 PM

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1372434/Haw%20haw.jpg

Better luck next time Sugar!

SugarJ November 7, 2011 08:25 PM

Ya, means upgrading my card to a D2X or the like, not in the cards for now.


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