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How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones

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    Pelaihari
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    How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones


    Hello guys, I have been searching around about this but they always end up with a headphones that has built-in Dolby Audio. I just bought a USB Headphones and when I use it, the Dolby software always disabled. If I plug in a headset/earphone base on 3.5mm jack the software work again. Does Dolby Audio software only run on a specific hardware? anyway my laptop has built-in Dolby Advanced Audio v2 and the sound card was Conexant SmartAudio.

    Along with this, there is a little more question. The headphones I bought (Dragon War Beast) is a 5.1 channel sound (said on the box & the website). But I honestly confused if it was real or not cuz in Windows Audio it only show stereo channel on Speaker Setup as well as the manual said USB 2.1 Stereo Vibrating Headset (different from the box). Is there a way I can test if its a stereo or 5.1 sound?
    Thanks in advance. Any help is always apreciated, and of course sorry for my bad english

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    When you use USB headsets, you bypass the PC's sound card (and add on's such as the Dolby). The USB headset has the "sound card" (conversion from digital to analog) built in.

    The 5.1 is a function of the USB headset and again does use the PC sound. If the source, such as a game, is 5.1 then you will get the 5.1 (simulated) sound. Unless there are multiple speakers in the headset I don't see how it can get "real" 5.1 sound. Its like my LCD HD TV, it has two stereo speakers but simulates surround sound.
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    What firebird said is absolutely correct. Let me recap;
    1. When you use the USB jack you are by-passing the audio processing of your computer and using the audio processing of the headphones.
    2. When you use a "standard" headphone jack you are using the audio processing of the computer, which includes your Dolby processing.

    Also, there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones, not on this planet. There are 5.1 compatible headphones, but there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones because that would be a massive device that would contain a sub-woofer and a center speaker somewhere right over the top of your head, not to mention the front and back speakers pointed towards your ears.
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    Pelaihari
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    What firebird said is absolutely correct. Let me recap;
    1. When you use the USB jack you are by-passing the audio processing of your computer and using the audio processing of the headphones.
    2. When you use a "standard" headphone jack you are using the audio processing of the computer, which includes your Dolby processing.

    Also, there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones, not on this planet. There are 5.1 compatible headphones, but there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones because that would be a massive device that would contain a sub-woofer and a center speaker somewhere right over the top of your head, not to mention the front and back speakers pointed towards your ears.
    Well I was wondering how big will the headphones with subwoofer inside How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones
    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    When you use USB headsets, you bypass the PC's sound card (and add on's such as the Dolby). The USB headset has the "sound card" (conversion from digital to analog) built in.

    The 5.1 is a function of the USB headset and again does use the PC sound. If the source, such as a game, is 5.1 then you will get the 5.1 (simulated) sound. Unless there are multiple speakers in the headset I don't see how it can get "real" 5.1 sound. Its like my LCD HD TV, it has two stereo speakers but simulates surround sound.
    So, that mean usb headphones comes with it own sound card and Dolby only run on built-in pc sound card (which I think Dolby certified). So there is no way I can get Dolby to work unless I have a headphones with Dolby certified right?

    And for 5.1 channel, I tried to play Dota with Stereo channel and then 5.1 channel. I felt that 5.1 somehow reduces the volume. Is it normal or unsupported by the device?
    Last edited by Baskhara; 24 Mar 2015 at 18:56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baskhara View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    What firebird said is absolutely correct. Let me recap;
    1. When you use the USB jack you are by-passing the audio processing of your computer and using the audio processing of the headphones.
    2. When you use a "standard" headphone jack you are using the audio processing of the computer, which includes your Dolby processing.

    Also, there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones, not on this planet. There are 5.1 compatible headphones, but there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones because that would be a massive device that would contain a sub-woofer and a center speaker somewhere right over the top of your head, not to mention the front and back speakers pointed towards your ears.
    Well I was wondering how big will the headphones with subwoofer inside How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones
    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    When you use USB headsets, you bypass the PC's sound card (and add on's such as the Dolby). The USB headset has the "sound card" (conversion from digital to analog) built in.

    The 5.1 is a function of the USB headset and again does use the PC sound. If the source, such as a game, is 5.1 then you will get the 5.1 (simulated) sound. Unless there are multiple speakers in the headset I don't see how it can get "real" 5.1 sound. Its like my LCD HD TV, it has two stereo speakers but simulates surround sound.
    So, that mean usb headphones comes with it own sound card and Dolby only run on built-in pc sound card (which I think Dolby certified). So there is no way I can get Dolby to work unless I have a headphones with Dolby certified right?

    And for 5.1 channel, I tried to play Dota with Stereo channel and then 5.1 channel. I felt that 5.1 somehow reduces the volume. Is it normal or unsupported by the device?

    Maybe you didn't exactly understand. If you get a pair of headphones with a standard "phono" jack you will most certainly be utilizing the internal sound processing of the computer, including the Dolby. firebird was pretty clear that you only by-pass that circuitry when you use USB type headphones.
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    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Baskhara View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    What firebird said is absolutely correct. Let me recap;
    1. When you use the USB jack you are by-passing the audio processing of your computer and using the audio processing of the headphones.
    2. When you use a "standard" headphone jack you are using the audio processing of the computer, which includes your Dolby processing.

    Also, there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones, not on this planet. There are 5.1 compatible headphones, but there is no such thing as 5.1 headphones because that would be a massive device that would contain a sub-woofer and a center speaker somewhere right over the top of your head, not to mention the front and back speakers pointed towards your ears.
    Well I was wondering how big will the headphones with subwoofer inside How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones
    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    When you use USB headsets, you bypass the PC's sound card (and add on's such as the Dolby). The USB headset has the "sound card" (conversion from digital to analog) built in.

    The 5.1 is a function of the USB headset and again does use the PC sound. If the source, such as a game, is 5.1 then you will get the 5.1 (simulated) sound. Unless there are multiple speakers in the headset I don't see how it can get "real" 5.1 sound. Its like my LCD HD TV, it has two stereo speakers but simulates surround sound.
    So, that mean usb headphones comes with it own sound card and Dolby only run on built-in pc sound card (which I think Dolby certified). So there is no way I can get Dolby to work unless I have a headphones with Dolby certified right?

    And for 5.1 channel, I tried to play Dota with Stereo channel and then 5.1 channel. I felt that 5.1 somehow reduces the volume. Is it normal or unsupported by the device?

    Maybe you didn't exactly understand. If you get a pair of headphones with a standard "phono" jack you will most certainly be utilizing the internal sound processing of the computer, including the Dolby. firebird was pretty clear that you only by-pass that circuitry when you use USB type headphones.
    Ok I got it now! Thanks man for the answer, also for firebird How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones Really helpful for me to understand it How can I use Dolby Audio with USB Headphones
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