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    Creative Sound Blaster X G6

    New DAC/amp from Creative with up to 7.1 virtual surround for headphones, now with Dolby decoding (so it is compatible with consoles). Still no chat support on Xbox. https://us.creative.com/p/amplifiers/sound-blasterx-g6 This is basically a cheaper X7. So they now have the E5, G5, and G6 in...
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    N00b capture card question

    Are there capture cards capable of doing the following: 1. Input a 1080p (or higher) HDMI feed to your PC 2. Decode bitstreamed Dolby Digital (AC3) or DTS audio, and 3. Output decoded PCM multichannel audio to another source, such as the GSX1000. Ideally, do all 3 with no latency added...
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    Does a multichannel digital to analog converter exist?

    Something that takes in multiple analog channels (e.g. 8 channels for 7.1, or 6 for 5.1) and then outputs it in PCM via USB. Does this exist? Or even an internal soundcard that acts as an audio input for multiple channels (not just an output) which you can then have your PC send back out as you...
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    Laptop Bags with room for peripherals

    Any popular choices for laptop/computer bags that have decent room for extras, like gaming controllers, mice, maybe headphones, etc.? Maybe a camera bag? And are not butt ugly? Anyone have stuff they like here? Thanks!
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    Smyth Realiser A16

    Anyone purchasing this? I pre-ordered a while back. Basics: Room simulation of up to 16 speakers (e.g., full atmos plus some) Supplied in ear microphones that you use to calculate a binaural HRTF for your ears/head, that the Realiser then uses to simulate an actual room full of speakers on...
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    [EN FUEGO] HIFIMAN HE-560 $399

    For all my bad hombres. These are "summit-fi" planar magnetic headphones usually around $800-$900. 3rd party walmart seller, which made me unsure at first, but I am listening to these headphones--purchased and delivered via this deal--as I type this hot-as-fuck deal. Others at reddit and on...
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    How To Secure Your Android Phone and iPad When Traveling Abroad?

    Assume the phone must come with me. I am embarking on an international trip soon, and have a lot of confidential and privileged emails, texts, and voicemails on my phone that I do not want to bring with me, and that I am also ethically obligated to secure. (I am a civil rights lawyer and I doubt...
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    Windows Updates and AMD Kaveri

    Anyone else have windows updates brick your Kaveri computer? I heard my A10-7800 fan going crazy last night while working on another computer, switched over to it, and got a black screen. I've been getting the update nag on that PC, so figured it was busy doing its thing, so left it overnight...
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    Gigabyte P35x v7 thoughts/opinions?

    Anyone have this? Came out this year. 1070, i7, 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM (not dual channel...) The v6 model (exact same except Skylake) had about 5.5 hours battery for web browsing and light use, which is not bad for a "gaming" laptop that you want to double as a mobile office/web PC. Does...
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    Wireless G502-like mouse?

    I've been looking high and low for a wireless mouse with a thumb button like the G502. Can't seem to find it. Does this exist?? I have the G602 which is close but lacks the big perfectly positioned G502 thumb button that I love. G900 looks close also, but same problem, and it lacks the two dpi...
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    Lian Li Q11 Mod

    Inspired by josephclemente whose build from years ago I always admired. My Dan A4 case took over as my primary living room entertainment center PC. I couldn't bear to part with my old trusty Q11 though. It was just such a faithful trooper for so many years, and I still like the looks of it...
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    Does it matter what drive bootloader is on for boot up speeds?

    I have a PCI-E SSD and an M.2. It's a long story but my windows boot manager is on my M.2 drive. Windows is on the PCI-E. Apparently my PCI-E boots faster than my M.2, according to reviews and people online, so my question is: does the boot manager's presence on the M.2 mean I am going by the...
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    Fiio D07 DAC OK with Schiit Magni 2?

    I want to get a Schiit Magni 2 and I already have a FiiO D07 DAC ($30 discontinued DAC leftover from when I needed Dolby decoding). From what I have read the quality of a DAC may lead to some small audible differences but I am wondering if this is really something I should be worried about or...
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    Diagnosing Strange Scaling Issues With Display

    When I turn on my monitor and then turn on my PC, everything looks great and scaling is working properly. (200% scaling on 65" LG OLED.) BUT when I turn on my PC and then my monitor, some applications such as Chrome look fuzzy and do not scale correctly. Or, for example mousing over taskbar...
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    LG's 2016 OLED series (E6,B6,G6,C6)

    Didn't see a thread on these sets yet. Anyone using these for PC/HTPC usage or gaming? There are thousands of posts on these sets over at AVSforums but 90% of the posters there are primarily focused home theater. [H] has a more PC oriented bent so figured I'd start a thread here also. Obviously...
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    DAC + AMP combo advice

    I need something to do the following things: 1. DAC that can also decode Dolby 5.1 with optical in. 2. Amp to drive Sennheiser 598 and two Polk Monitor 70 floorstanding speakers with a remote control. I had a cheap Onkyo AVR that bit the dust (for the second time) and I want to replace it with...
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    Panasonic TC-50ps14 input lag?

    Anyone know the lag on this set? I've had this TV for years and am trying to figure it out. Google doesn't have the answer. My unscientific testing leads me to believe it's something like 30 to 50ms, but I don't know. (I basically did a few hundred reaction time tests on the TV and then a...
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    BenQ BL3201PH or Samsung U32E850R or...?

    Trying to decide between these two monitors. - BenQ is currently about $300 less than the Samsung, - Sammy has HDMI 2.0, while the BenQ only has HDMI 1.4 (so I have to use displayport for 4k at 60hz). I like the convenience of HDMI, but not sure it is worth the extra money as this pretty much...
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    Antec ISK 110 Little Monster Gaming Build

    So this has been a build I have been meaning to make for a while. Kaveri's new low power A10-7800 seemed like a good mix of lower power but decent gaming prowess for a very tiny (~3.7 L) enclosure. Yes, we can all go spend $1000 on a Brix Gaming NUC but where is the fun in that? The build...
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    Troubleshooting a PSU

    Hi all Today my PC decided to suddenly shut down. It was an unusually hot day and I have a tiny ITX PC stuffed with a bunch of crap so I am guessing it overheated. It did not POST on reboot after I let it cool down. I unplugged everything and attempted to boot it until it worked, component by...
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    65w processor in ISK 110

    Anyone had success with a 65w processor in an ISK 110 with its packaged PSU board? It has a 90w power brick and an 80w board. (I am assuming that means it can pull 90w from the wall to power 80w internally.) Want to put an A10-6700 in this little sucker. Will use an aftermarket low profile...
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    Budget Internet Browser Build

    Hi all. Pondering building a cheap PC for my parents for Christmas. 1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc Web browsing, flash games, Netflix and other streaming video, word processing. The ability to stream video from the web (HD, e.g. 720p ideally)...
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    New HDD, Slower Start-Up Times, What Gives?

    Hi all, I just put together a new PC and noticed its startup (Win7) times are actually slower than my old PC. New PC: i5-2400 8GB RAM 1TB Samsung Spinpoint HDD @7200 ASRock H67 Mobo Win 7 (fully updated) MSI 6850 Old PC: E6600 4GB RAM 500 GB WD @7200 Asus P5B-E Win 7 Radeon...
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    Reasons For Higher Temps on Old E6600

    So a few weeks ago I was replacing fans in one of my old builds and to make a long story short, my ancient intel stock cooler came loose. I ordered a Rosewill RCX-z775 cooler (cheap, almost exactly like stock cooler) to replace it. I figured it would give me the same performance as my old stock...
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