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You don't get the benefits of virtual surround though from X-Fi/Xonar/Z series cards though.

Isn't that what CMSS3D does? Takes a stereo source and makes it surround?
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post #142 of 300
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Isn't that what CMSS3D does? Takes a stereo source and makes it surround?

From my understanding yes. Though Z series uses SBX Surround, possibly just a renamed CMSS3D. No idea though, and I can't seem to find any reviews of these cards. frown.gif
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You don't get the benefits of virtual surround though from X-Fi/Xonar/Z series cards though.

Virtual surround is the biggest joke going, all it does is attempt to create stereo space through panning the mix and splitting the signal. You can't get a truly "wide" sound out of Stereo speakers unless they are placed accordingly, I have always felt that a true pair of decent stereo speakers running an unmolested source (CMS3D off) will sound much better. Just my 2c.
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Virtual surround is the biggest joke going, all it does is attempt to create stereo space through panning the mix and splitting the signal. You can't get a truly "wide" sound out of Stereo speakers unless they are placed accordingly, I have always felt that a true pair of decent stereo speakers running an unmolested source (CMS3D off) will sound much better. Just my 2c.

I take it you're speaking about sound quality? If so yes, I definitely agree, in games though where sound quality isn't as important as knowing where your enemies are (FPS games) I absolutely disagree.
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post #145 of 300
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Originally Posted by Lisjak View Post

Holy Crap! bigeyedsmiley.png That is some high end audio equipment you got there. I take it you bought the sound blaster for surround sound? Also I feel a little ashamed for my speakers now blushsmiley.gif

Thank you. I have this system for a few years now. I was lucky with the speakers, was one of the first purchasers of XTZ in my country, so I got a really good deal thumb.gif Got the receiver second hand biggrin.gif

Well actually I bought it for the headphone amp and the face that you could have your speakers and headphones plugged in at the same time and just switch between them using software.
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Originally Posted by DoktorCreepy View Post

What games have you played with it so far? Have you had any freezing/crashes/bosd's etc during gaming?

No crashes, no bsod's nothing. Everything has worked perfectly. Just removed Asus Xonar dg, uninstalled software. Plugged in the Z card, installed software. Simple as that smile.gif Games I have tried, Diablo2, Counter strike source and CS:GO, Doom 3, Crysis, Witcher 2 and Borderlands 2.

That's all I have had time to try so far. About 15-20 minutes at each, except borderlands 2, played for an hour or so. So not sure is that enough time for games to crash.

Just one more thing I have to mention, that I should have mentioned earlier, the build quality of the card is very good, a nice solid feel to it.
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Originally Posted by Steffek View Post

I have these head phones...
http://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-Crossfade-Over-Ear-Noise-Isolating-Headphone/dp/B003BYRGJU/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352318402&sr=1-3
How much will I notice if I go from onboard to this new sound card?

yes, well you should. it's so hard with audio sometimes. I went from a Xonar DG to the Z and have been very happy with the improvement I have got.
post #148 of 300

I am asking this to the people who really understands these soundcards

 

What would the difference be between Creative X-FI Titanium (not the HD) and this new Z series.

 

Will I immideately hear better sound?

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Originally Posted by dmasteR View Post

I take it you're speaking about sound quality? If so yes, I definitely agree, in games though where sound quality isn't as important as knowing where your enemies are (FPS games) I absolutely disagree.

I think creative have done something right with these cards. I don't think the SBS surround is the same as the old cmss3d or the THX tru studio pro. I had both and neither sounded this good. The dolby headphone mode on the asus didn't sound this good. That's gaming I am talking about.

For music, most people turn off all these sound processors anyway.
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Originally Posted by iARDAs View Post

I am asking this to the people who really understands these soundcards

What would the difference be between Creative X-FI Titanium (not the HD) and this new Z series.

Will I immideately hear better sound?

Not trying to be smart, but depends on how good your ears are I suppose smile.gif

The new line of cards should be comparable to the Titanium HD and the Asus ST/STX sound wise.
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