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post #1 of 8
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Hello all,
After reading forever I got a pair of AD700's and a Titanium HD.

I set it up according to the Head-fi post about using Audio Creation mode, forcing 44.1khz, etc. Everything sounds fantastic.

However I have also read a lot about CMSS3D, which Audio Creation mode doesn't support if I recall. So yesterday I put it on 'game mode' and played a sample of music and it just sounded really, really bad. Super bad. It sounded like someone took the equalizer and just messed it all up. Same with entertainment mode.

Is there some way to remove the coloring of the different modes? I would like to use CMSS 3D in BF3 and other games
post #2 of 8
You can use Creative AutoMode Switcher to turn on Game Mode for BF3.exe and have it go back to Audio Creation mode when you exit the software. However, honestly~ I find myself just using Audio Creation mode for games too.

Battlefield 3 already has a Headphones setting in the game itself, and as long as I have AC also in Headphones under the console I get good positional sound. It seems CMSS3D wants to force a 3D sound, but when the game has its own 3D Mix, all it does is distort or make the sound oddly muffled to me.
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Thanks, i'll give it a shot tonight.

I've been using Audio Creation for BF3 as well.

While it sounds amazingly awesome, I think the positional could be a bit better, which is why I pondered the CMSS3D setting. I'll turn it on and see if I notice any difference. If not i'll just keep using audio creation.
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Yep, just make sure the game itself is set to Headphones so you don't get the left and right channels cutting out when you move around ingame. That was so annoying. lol
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CMSS-3D should never be used with music. Ever. So turn it off when listening to music. If you desire to use it in games, I suggest you look up a review on how to appropriately set up CMSS-3D (as I don't think it's blaringly obvious how to set up correctly and get optimal performance).

I can't link you to a specific guide, but a simple google search of "How to set up CMSS-3D" should do it.
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post #6 of 8
Don't use CMSS3D Headphone with music, it not meant to be used with music as it jacks up the music, In audio Creation mode also enables bit match playback as if i recall changes the bit rate settings on the fly to whats playing so it doesn't re-sample the song. as long you use a ASIO plugin for your Fav music player, or even kernel Streaming or Wasapi

CMSS3D Headphone is mostly meant for games, Tho not every one likes it, or use it as it can messes up open back headphones sound stage, Those that do use CMSS3D uses it in 2.1/2.0 with or without thx.ini modification.

But Using CMSS3D with music even on a speaker system is a big no no.receiver to either mirror oruse
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post #7 of 8
Can yall link me that audio creation mode guide on Hi Fi forums to get music sounding better?
post #8 of 8
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I undestand.

It wasn't that I was using CMSS 3D, as you can't use it in Audio Creation mode; it's not an available option.

I also use the plugins for Winamp, music does sound fantastic.

I was just annoyed at how bad the Entertainment and Game Mode sounded compared to the properly set Audio creation mode; so I was kind of hoping I wouldn't have to compromise so much sound quality just to use CMSS3D in BF3
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