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Xbox Series X support for external DACs

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Since Microsoft decided to drop the optical output, some users of that platform have been curious to know whether USB audio has been added.

It hasn't.

I received a new Series X today and spent some time confirming USB audio does not work on my Series X using a miniDSP 2x4HD as the test device.

There's no option to select the DAC for output in Audio settings, and no option to add a new Device in that section.

Two options for connecting a DAC at this time:
  1. HDMI optical extractor (HDMI to HDMI pass-through, with an optical output for extracted 2-channel audio)
    (BUT... big but right now... HDMI 2.1 speeds aren't supported by the current offerings)
  2. Connect Series X via HDMI to a TV which has an optical output for audio (this works currently)
 

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Big let down for me, just spend an hour figuring out the same thing. Unfortunately I do not like using audio extractors as it creates input lag. Also my monitor does not have optical output. My day is ruined and my disappointment is immesurable
 
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Adding some links for reference.

It appears to be a cash grab by Microsoft...

Any officially licensed Xbox One accessory that connects to your console wired or wirelessly via USB works on Xbox Series X|S.
( source - https://support.xbox.com/en-US/help/hardware-network/console/xbox-series-x-faq )

One example of a USB-connected audio device is the Astro Gaming's MixAmp Pro TR...
( source - https://blog.astrogaming.com/2020/09/xbox-series-x-and-playstation-5-compatibility/ )

Even though Astro's product page for this item currently states it doesn't work on the Series X, I suspect they'll be updating their site to reflect the added compatibility. A friend who owns the MixAmp Pro TR reported that it does indeed work via USB on the Series X after a firmware update.
 

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Not surprised as the whole reason they got rid of optical output was to save a few $$. Thankfully I happen to have a astro mixamp laying around here somewhere so I will definitely be setting that up. Any possibility that they will release a firmware update in the future if enough people push for it?
 

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  1. Connect Series X via HDMI to a TV which has an optical output for audio (this works currently)

OMG does this really work ???? I thought it would end up using my HDTV as the DAC ?

I have my Series X connected via HDMI to my Sony HDTV and the optical out connected to nothing... Yet. Headphones plugged straight into controller :(:(:(

I have a DAC and AMP would i be better using the optical out of my HDTV straight into my external DAC then DAC to AMP ?
 
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OMG does this really work ???? I thought it would end up using my HDTV as the DAC ?

I have my Series X connected via HDMI to my Sony HDTV and the optical out connected to nothing... Yet. Headphones plugged straight into controller :(:(:(

I have a DAC and AMP would i be better using the optical out of my HDTV straight into my external DAC then DAC to AMP ?

If you connect your DAC to your TV's optical output, there will be a setting in your TV's audio setup menu to enable digital audio out, and your external DAC is doing the conversion to analog. Sounds like you already have everything needed to test, so you've got nothing to lose. :)
 

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If you connect your DAC to your TV's optical output, there will be a setting in your TV's audio setup menu to enable digital audio out, and your external DAC is doing the conversion to analog. Sounds like you already have everything needed to test, so you've got nothing to lose. :)

Thank you very much Sir
 

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Late to the party, and new to the community.
long story short I can confirm everything works fine via optical as it should. Series X is in livingroom on a LG CX and Series S is in office on a cheap samsung. both work fine via PCM

that's really my question. should I have Xbox audio set to uncompressed stereo? then TV input set to PCM output to optical
it was initially on dolby or something and the sound was something awful i was afraid i would blow something.
will DAC only accept PCM via optical?

also noticed needing more volume w/ optical--e30--atom amp vs my office setup usb--atom stack (waiting for L30 arriving tomorrow) i could move atom dac out there to confirm but i'm lazy

anyway hi everyone!
 

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I am regretting the times when I was playing with the PC. Anyway, can someone tell his experience with the optical output of the TV? Is there any audio delay? Problems with dolby atmos for headphones?
 

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Don't understand your comment about PC but as I stated above both new Xbox consoles set to PCM work fine via TV optical out. No delay that I can perceive but again this is with TV & Xbox set to PCM stereo so no dolby or surround via optical.

That said Dolby is basically un-usable due to the noticable delay, thats via optical on my Samsung tv to Samsung sound bar or my LGCX via ARC to another samsung soundbar... setting either setup to PCM like I do for Headphones is the ONLY way i've managed to get synced audio from both series X and series S.

so I just leave both consoles on PCM Stereo since I usually use a headphone anyway and sound bars are just for casual stuff like twitch that doesn't support 5.1 anyway.

bottom line is the best eARC supporting receivers available don't even fully support series X so dolby isn't really viable atm.
 

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Don't understand your comment about PC but as I stated above both new Xbox consoles set to PCM work fine via TV optical out. No delay that I can perceive but again this is with TV & Xbox set to PCM stereo so no dolby or surround via optical.

That said Dolby is basically un-usable due to the noticable delay, thats via optical on my Samsung tv to Samsung sound bar or my LGCX via ARC to another samsung soundbar... setting either setup to PCM like I do for Headphones is the ONLY way i've managed to get synced audio from both series X and series S.

so I just leave both consoles on PCM Stereo since I usually use a headphone anyway and sound bars are just for casual stuff like twitch that doesn't support 5.1 anyway.

bottom line is the best eARC supporting receivers available don't even fully support series X so dolby isn't really viable atm.
Because I am unhappy that I no longer have the connection options offered by the PC. unfortunately I had to adapt to playing with the Xbox and the sofa . On the other hand, I hate the fact that there are these limits. it is absurd to remove the optical input and not give the option via USB.
 
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