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X-Fi CMSS 3D, gaming and 2.1 speakers

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When using headphones while gaming, X-Fi CMSS 3D really shines when its properly configured, i.e. game puts out 7.1 sound which CMSS 3D processes for headphones. I've tried using this exact setup using 2.1 speakers instead of headphones, i.e. game puts out 7.1 sound which CMSS 3D processes for headphones that are actually 2.1 speakers. This seems to add more dimension to the sound than running the 2.1 speakers without CMSS 3D (or am I fooling myself here, see the question below). IMO using CMSS 3D processed for 2.1 ruins the sound rather than enhancing it (plus the game must be configured for 2.1 or channels are lost); for music CMSS 3D is complete rubbish.

So here is my question: Do games attempt to do their own CMSS 3D sort of processing to emulate 3D sound out of 2.1 speakers, or with 2.1 speakers are you better off fooling the game with X-Fi CMSS 3D as I described above?
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CMSS-3D not only gives faux surround, but it also adds elevation and de-elevation to sounds.

So you get up/down and side to side.
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Depends on the game. Bc2 uses its own Codecs so it will mess it up more than anything. Basically that fancy name is just dolby rebranded by creative. Faking surround on stereo. Basically its being done by the drivers via software.
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