Solved Optical or USB Audio for Headphones

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June 30, 2014 at 21:26:20
Specs: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, AMD FX-8350 8 Core @ 4.0 GHz - 2x4 DDR3-1600
Hey Everyone,

I've been needing to get a new gaming headset, but before I invest any money I want to figure out what the best way to hook it up is.

Based on reading some forums and such, it seems like Optical really doesn't offer many advantages over USB (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though!). The one problem that might occur would be that too many devices are connected through USB, but the only other things are my mouse and keyboard, and those are though 3.0, so I don't know if that'll affect it or not.

Another thing I saw was that it would take more CPU cycles to output to USB, but many sites said that this was very minor.

What I was really wondering was would it be better to use USB, or to use Optical and a Sound Card? Or would the Sound Card have an affect on the USB sound too?


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June 30, 2014 at 22:17:41
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Personally I own a Logitech G230; perfectly happy with it, but it has the 3.5MM banana plugs and is limited to the audio driver's 48khz rate. Although it sounds great, if you're going to be using the headset for gaming only USB would be fine. If you have any modern CPU the extra (minor) CPU power required won't be a problem. Just don't use a hub with it. As for optical, i don't see how it would give you any benefit besides a high initial cost.

If you want multiple use, go 3.5MM jacks
If you want gaming only and/or want higher sample rates, go USB
If you want to spend lots of $, go optical

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June 30, 2014 at 22:22:15
Wow, funny coincidence, I was actually looking at the Logitech G430.

Thanks for the advice!

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