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Gaming Headset. How do I set them up with sound card?

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Hi,

I just bought the HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset to play the Witcher 3 with virtual 7.1 sound.

Now I do have an ASUS Xonar DG soundcard which supports virtual 7.1 aswell.

This headset does not come with the 3.5mm jacks but a usb dongle which also has a 7.1 virtual sound card.

My question is, how do I make sure that the soundcard used is the Xonar? I know that the Cloud II headset's dongle has an on/off switch for its usb soundcard, and I switch it off, but since it is connected via USB, does the PC use the onboard soundcard or the Xonar through usb?

The 3.5mm connector on the headset has both audio and mic on one pin. Should I try and find a splitter/adapter in order to connect the headset directly to the soundcard using a different pin for audio and a different one for the mic, and not use the usb dongle?

Do I disable the onboard soundcard and then only the xonar will be used?

 

Any thoughts will be appreciated.

 

thanks

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After further reading, the usb port does not access my sound card, and since my sound card supports 7.1 virtual purchasinfg the audio/mic splitter is the best thing I did.

This way I get direct connection to my sound card.

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Is there much noticeable difference between the going through the sound card and not?

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Well going through the Xonar sound card, sounds nice. I think that going through the USB dongle seemed louder but I avoid using it as I don't like using the usb as a connection.

At the moment (while waiting for the creative audio/mic splitter), I use the normal 3.5 connection in the the front panel of my tower which is connected to my sound card. When the splitter comes, I will be able to use the mic as well.

The dongle has nice sound to be honest, but I guess that I will need to play with the sound card's equalizer for optimum settings.

Not sure if my onboard soundcard has the 7.1 virtual sound.

I will try to listen carefully to all three: onboard, xonar, and dongle and reply here. While playing the Witcher 3 ofcourse?

The dongle is a bonus for laptops and all, but since I have the xonar sound card, why not use it.

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So I changed the HP Advanced Settings to Pro-Gaming mode 32~64ohms headset and it has made everything sound louder. Not sure which sounds better, the dongle or the soundcard, but with the sound card you can play around with the settings.

No matter what, it was worth purchasing this headset. Since I cannot use my 5.1 speakers to play when the baby sleeps ;)

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