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Hello brothers... just got this speakers and sound card... i just want to knw the settings in the control panel of creative audio console i mean the setting which is optimum for pure performance like bass and all.. i shall be very thankful to u if u provide the setting which work for u...
i am using optical cable and generally listen to music and play games

waiting for ur reply

regards

Zain
post #2 of 8
1. Get rid of the optical cable and use the analog (green/black/orange) cables instead.
2. Set the mode to Audio Creation and enable bit-matched playback.
3. That's it.
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what???? dont use that optical cable???
post #4 of 8
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i heard that optical cable provide better quality thats why i bought it... are u sure that its better with analog cables??
post #5 of 8
Really the only point in buying a sound card is to improve overall sound quality, right? This improvement in sound happens when the sound card converts the digital signal that your computer would normally output into an analog signal. Using an optical cable through your sound card would sound identically the same if you were to plug it into the optical jack on your motherboard because the sound card isn't doing any processing.

Your Z5500's have their own digital to analog converter (DAC) onboard because speakers are analog afterall, however the DAC on your soundcard sounds far superior to that in the Z5500's sound controller thing that sits on your desk.

Using analog cables with your soundcard actually puts your sound card to use and improves sound quality over an optical cable.
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well i just marked one thing that when i plug my digital cable i see that on my z5500 panel on effect : Digital comes when i enable Dolby digital Live... while if i plug my analog cable i dont see this digital effect written on the panel.. just that PLII movie ,music,stereo etc comes.. whats that??
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That's all post-processing effects that can't be passed through an analog connection. I've never used them as I prefer to hear music and movies the way the sound engineers wanted them to sound. Just a personal preference though.
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well i just marked one thing that when i plug my digital cable i see that on my z5500 panel on effect : Digital comes when i enable Dolby digital Live... while if i plug my analog cable i dont see this digital effect written on the panel.. just that PLII movie ,music,stereo etc comes.. whats that??
Optical connections can only normally support two audio channels.

Dolby Digital Live is a compression method that can compress more audio channels over a digital / optical connection.

Dolby Pro Logic is a technology to expand two channels into multi-channel audio. It is unnecessary if your audio source is multi-channel already. Also, Creative has a similar tech called CMSS.

I think you are getting confused by all of these marketing labels and technologies. The first response is correct: use analog cables to take advantage of the better hardware in your soundcard vs. your speakers, set your system to output 5.1 sound, and read up on the different Creative sound options to decide if you want to use the different modes, CMSS, or Crystallizer settings.

I have a similar sound setup. Just use analog and you'll be setting yourself up on the path to better sound.
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