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You won't get surround sound from an Essence STX that can go directly into the X-620's. Only way you'd be able to do that is having an Optical Audio decoder between the sound card and the speakers (something like an AV receiver), probably not worth the trouble/cost.

 

The D2X looks to have analog 3.5mm outputs, so they should work with the X-620's, if they're the same as the old Logitech surrounds I used to have (3x3.5mm analog plugs for surround sound).

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So after doing a bit of reading about the Xonar D2X and Essence STI, I'm still not sure if I will be able to use my (very) old Logitech X-620 speakers. Current set up is using 3 rca plugs, there is no optical or coax connecters. Speakers have been rock solid, hence why I still have them. Can't justify updating them.

3 RCA plugs?

The D2X has 4 3.5mm analog outputs

http://www.asus.com.au/Multimedia/Audio_Ca...#specifications

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I purchased a X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series last October, knowing full well the risk and high probability of headache inducing problem solving i would be required to undertake at some stage. which to my surprise did not happen until last week. it installed easily into win7 x64. a little glitchy swapping from dts > non dts (for headphones mode), or swapping from entertainment console to gaming console occasionally caused problems. but overall worked well. then last week it just stopped working, why? ill never know. removed the card uninstalled all the creative bloatware rebooted, rebooted again and then reinstalled the card and only essential drivers. works perfectly now. oh and also removed the i/o drive. i love the way that thing looks, but shit. i never used it once in 6 months.

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Still getting used to the Xonar D2X. Tried updating to the latest drivers, blue screened the PC. Must of been running the wrong exe. While I wanted to keep my current speakers, the new sound card doesn't quite drive them like I want. Can't get the sound scape set up like the Creative card could (CMSS or something). What's annoying is the lack of range for speakers from my usual online haunts. I'd like to run optical and do away with a lot of cables, let the sound card give a good shout. I'd like to stay with Logitech but open to suggestions.

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I won't waste my money on those shitty little plastic computer speaker systems, at the moment I'm running an AKAI amp, powering a pair of 3way Kenwood speakers (I listen to a lot of music)

it shits all over any computer setup that I've heard, while the cost was minimal - actually nothing, til my Marantz amp shit itself, I found the equipment in the street.......amazing what people chuck out - more money than sense.

I really can't see the point in multi-speakered surround BS......unless it's at a very low volume there's no point.

a reasonably decent stereo setup emulates all that.

the sound bounces off the back wall, that's the rear speakers taken care of

with the speakers about 8 feet apart, it gives the impression of a sub, plus, being the size that they are, the bass reverberates thru the floor etc etc

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