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post #1 of 20
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Hey guys,
so tomorrow I should be getting my very first real pair of headphones.
After a lot of research, reading, and asking opinions from other users,
I have decided on the Audio Technica AD-700's because I will use them primarily
for gaming and light music listening.

Now I have a creative x-fi titanium sound card, yet I am not an expert at the settings it has
nor do I know what most of them do. What I do know is that I downloaded the PAX drivers,
which were recommended, for my sound card. Aside from that,
I have not touched any settings for my sound card.

Here's a picture of all the control panels for my sound card.
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What I am basically asking is,
are there any users who have this same sound card
who would know if tweaking any settings in these control panels
would yield in a better experience for my headphones that are on the way?
Or is anyone a pro at audio (calling all the audiophiles)
who would know how I could optimize my experience with these headphones?

P.S. As a bonus, if anyone also knows any tweaks to enhance my experience
with my 2.1 Klipsch Promedia speakers I would greatly appreciate that as well.

AS ALWAYS +REP TO ANY VALID AID thumb.gif
Thanks again guys!
post #2 of 20
DOOD! I have the same headphones and sound card. Listening to them right now! I leave them in "game mode" and have the crystalizer at roughly %60. Also, make sure and give a little bass boost as well, the xfi titanium does a pretty darn good job with boosting the AD-700's bass. Then fire up an FPS and have your jaw drop when you realize your K/D is leet because the sound stage/positional reference is off the chain yo! thumb.gif
post #3 of 20
Hi!I have the XNR D1 sound card but I think i can help you with the 2.1 setup (in terms of music).guitar.gif

First of all,download the Foobar2k.Now download the WASAPI output.Install it in the Foobar2k\Components folder.Now open Foobar>File>Preferences>Output>Device and select WASAPI.
I suggest that you close the Windows theme sounds (select No Sounds) and disable the OnBoard sound card from BIOS.Next,download noise sharpening DSP and install it in the same folder as WASAPI.To enable it go to File>Preferences>DSP Manager and select noise sharpening.
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Originally Posted by DJ.BigBear View Post

Noise Sharpening makes your music sounds even clearer than crystalizer.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ.BigBear View Post

use game mode when u're playing games!

use entertainment or audio creation mode when u're listening to music.

use entertainment mode when u're watching DVDs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJ.BigBear View Post


turn off EAX and CMSS3D

both EAX and CMSS3D can make the music sound pretty weird, just leave em to Game Mode.

Credit:DJ.BigBear

Hope this helps!smile.gif
post #4 of 20
Send them back...

Seriously they are awful. No bass and harsh highs. I ordered a pair and I was pissed when I got them.

I highly recommend the Ultrasone HiFi 680's
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post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post

Send them back...
Seriously they are awful. No bass and harsh highs. I ordered a pair and I was pissed when I got them.
I highly recommend the Ultrasone HiFi 680's

To each his own. AD700s are great in my book.
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post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by ezikiel12 View Post

DOOD! I have the same headphones and sound card. Listening to them right now! I leave them in "game mode" and have the crystalizer at roughly %60. Also, make sure and give a little bass boost as well, the xfi titanium does a pretty darn good job with boosting the AD-700's bass. Then fire up an FPS and have your jaw drop when you realize your K/D is leet because the sound stage/positional reference is off the chain yo! thumb.gif
thanks for the input! i will try to use the crystalizer and bass boost thumb.gif
post #7 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amigo092 View Post

Hi!I have the XNR D1 sound card but I think i can help you with the 2.1 setup (in terms of music).guitar.gif
First of all,download the Foobar2k.Now download the WASAPI output.Install it in the Foobar2k\Components folder.Now open Foobar>File>Preferences>Output>Device and select WASAPI.
I suggest that you close the Windows theme sounds (select No Sounds) and disable the OnBoard sound card from BIOS.Next,download noise sharpening DSP and install it in the same folder as WASAPI.To enable it go to File>Preferences>DSP Manager and select noise sharpening.
Credit:DJ.BigBear
Hope this helps!smile.gif
im not much of a music listener so i will try this when i have some tinkering time! thanks for the tip!
post #8 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post

Send them back...
Seriously they are awful. No bass and harsh highs. I ordered a pair and I was pissed when I got them.
I highly recommend the Ultrasone HiFi 680's
well they were only $70 which was already $20 over my $50 dollar budget but
people swore by these cans because of their soundstage which they told me
would be good since i primarily will be using them for gaming.
none-the-less i appreciate your opinion!
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Originally Posted by That Guy View Post

To each his own. AD700s are great in my book.
we will see. thanks for the reassurance! thumb.gif
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by LilScrappyD View Post

thanks for the input! i will try to use the crystalizer and bass boost thumb.gif

I would not, you can increase bass cutoff freq but otherwise use stock/EQs. A better piece of advice would be to put in 50+ hrs of burn in time via a pink noise loop.
 
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post #10 of 20
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I would not, you can increase bass cutoff freq but otherwise use stock/EQs. A better piece of advice would be to put in 50+ hrs of burn in time via a pink noise loop.
in the bass boost tab there are 2 settings:
level and cutoff freq.
what you mean is to leave the level at stock but to increase the cutoff freq. correct?
if so what should i increase it to? it is at 80Hz stock.

and when you say to use stock/EQ's you mean to leave the equalizer levels all in the middle?
thats where they are stock.

the burn in time probably wont happen as im hardly on my pc.
maybe 3-4 hours on some days.

thanks for the input! thumb.gif
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