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Poll Results: Dolby headphones for gaming/movies!

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post #31 of 53
I have sennheiser PC360.
I set DG just "PLAIN" headphone, no EQ, no effects, no dolby, no nothing.
In mw2, BC2, arma2:OA, black ops, I choose headphone, 2 channel.
I could hear eight directions around me 100% clear.
May be I just need position sound cue, not immersive game feeling biggrin.gif
So ... it's really a personal preferences.
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Results:

When I set the SpeakerCount = 6, my game crashed within 10 minutes of play.

I switched it back to 0 but kept 8 channels on the sound card but I don't feel like I gained much. I think footsteps were more clearly defined and I didn't feel as enclosed and deaf but it still wasn't to the caliber of the X-Fi Titanium HD. I was still able to get an Ace pin from being a 4X scope on M16 + 40mm shotgun catfish on Oasis but I still feel handicapped. I continue to have the "Wait, I didn't even hear that gunshot/tank/rocket" moments as I'm dying. I'm forced to do visual spotting a lot more than I usually do (which is mostly by hearing).

Overall, it's playable and not completely loathsome but the positioning feels artificial compared to the TiHD and echoes a bit too much for my liking.
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post #33 of 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by renji1337;13745636 
does bfbc2 use eax?> what games do use eax?

I know for a fact that ME uses some EAX stuff; I'm not sure about other games. Older games pre-2008 will probably use EAX (obviously game-dependent).

( edit )

Mass Effect

Not ME2 , my apologies.
Edited by GanjaSMK - 6/3/11 at 10:35pm
    
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BC2 does not use EAX and allegedly (according to DICE's blog posts) does not use hardware acceleration to process audio. If that were really the case, there shouldn't be discrepancies in positioning between sound cards. The truth of the matter is that there IS and the difference is MASSIVE.
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post #35 of 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13745818 
Results:

When I set the SpeakerCount = 6, my game crashed within 10 minutes of play.

I switched it back to 0 but kept 8 channels on the sound card but I don't feel like I gained much. I think footsteps were more clearly defined and I didn't feel as enclosed and deaf but it still wasn't to the caliber of the X-Fi Titanium HD. I was still able to get an Ace pin from being a 4X scope on M16 + 40mm shotgun catfish on Oasis but I still feel handicapped. I continue to have the "Wait, I didn't even hear that gunshot/tank/rocket" moments as I'm dying. I'm forced to do visual spotting a lot more than I usually do (which is mostly by hearing).

Overall, it's playable and not completely loathsome but the positioning feels artificial compared to the TiHD and echoes a bit too much for my liking.

I appreciate the time and effort you put into testing, but I don't understand your results. Meaning, I'm not sure why when running with 'speakercount=6' would make your game crash, whereas 'speakercound=0' is supposed to default to Windows default sound settings (whatever they may be / or what you have set them to).

And, I'm also not sure where a Creative Titanium HD came into the picture? a $200+ sound card in comparison to the tiny little Xonar DG? confused.gif

In any case, perhaps it is just up to the ears after all. My positional audio is quite supplemented with 8 channels in the settings as compared to having it set to 2 channel.

Anyways.....
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13745850 
BC2 does not use EAX and allegedly (according to DICE's blog posts) does not use hardware acceleration to process audio. If that were really the case, there shouldn't be discrepancies in positioning between sound cards. The truth of the matter is that there IS and the difference is MASSIVE.

do you think 8 channel sounded better then 2 with the stx?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by renji1337;13745499 
also, why does everyone like war tapes? sure it increases positional audio, but its so god dang loud with everything and ugly

war tapes is not meant for headphones. the reverb is unbearable when using war tapes with headphones.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GanjaSMK;13745864 
I appreciate the time and effort you put into testing, but I don't understand your results. Meaning, I'm not sure why when running with 'speakercount=6' would make your game crash, whereas 'speakercound=0' is supposed to default to Windows default sound settings (whatever they may be / or what you have set them to).

And, I'm also not sure where a Creative Titanium HD came into the picture? a $200+ sound card in comparison to the tiny little Xonar DG? confused.gif

In any case, perhaps it is just up to the ears after all. My positional audio is quite supplemented with 8 channels in the settings as compared to having it set to 2 channel.

Anyways.....
The reason the test is still valid is because the C-Media OxygenHD DSP is used across the entire line of Xonar cards as well as HT Omega Claro cards. The same EMU CA20K2 DSP is used across the entire spectrum of PCIe X-Fi cards. The quality of positional audio is heavily dependent on the capabilities of the DSP from what I've gathered from owning several X-Fi XtremeMusic cards, the Xonar D1, the X-Fi Titanium HD and the Essence STX.
Quote:
Originally Posted by renji1337;13745888 
do you think 8 channel sounded better then 2 with the stx?
No. The quality of sound didn't change.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster;13746200 
The reason the test is still valid is because the C-Media OxygenHD DSP is used across the entire line of Xonar cards as well as HT Omega Claro cards. The same EMU CA20K2 DSP is used across the entire spectrum of PCIe X-Fi cards. The quality of positional audio is heavily dependent on the capabilities of the DSP from what I've gathered from owning several X-Fi XtremeMusic cards, the Xonar D1, the X-Fi Titanium HD and the Essence STX.

I hadn't insinuated that the test wasn't valid, simply that I did not understand your results. I still don't.... confused.gif
    
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wait how come everyone use wartapes with headphones then o.O
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