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I just got my ZX. I haven't really played with it much but one thing that I noticed is that there still isn't any way to switch to 5.1 in windows through the creative control panel. Thats sort of disappointing.

Edit: This thing also definitely pushes a 250 ohm DT990 loud enough.

Edit 2: Sound quality also seems good.

Im confused? You can set 5.1 in the windows sound panel and then switch from 5.1 to stereo and vice versa in the creative "speakers/headphone" tab in the creative control panel.

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Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic View Post

Problem is, there is no place in their driver software to do that, and no way in configuring it as separate playback devices in Windows (it just shows up as Sound Blaster Zx in Windows playback devices)

Not sure if trolling....lol. That is the exact reason that they made the little switcher in the SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES tab of the control panel. So you can leave them both plugged in and just switch when you want. It literally takes 1 second. Probably faster than unplugging.anything anyway.


UPDATE:


Seems there are some Quality Control issues with the ZXR and they are recalling some back. Not a good sign however good for Creative on being diligent.

http://forums.creative.com/showthread.php?t=699322

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1744947
    
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Im confused? You can set 5.1 in the windows sound panel and then switch from 5.1 to stereo and vice versa in the creative "speakers/headphone" tab in the creative control panel.

When using SBX surround with headphones you want to set windows to 5.1 to get the game engine to provide all 5 channels for a virtual surround environment. With Asus sound cards there is an option to change the windows setting from right in the control panel.

It also resets back to stereo when you switch between headphones and speakers which is annoying.
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When using SBX surround with headphones you want to set windows to 5.1 to get the game engine to provide all 5 channels for a virtual surround environment. With Asus sound cards there is an option to change the windows setting from right in the control panel.

It also resets back to stereo when you switch between headphones and speakers which is annoying.

Try reinstalling the driver. Mine doesn't reset when I switch between speakers and headphones.
    
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Hello all, new owner of the ZX here.

I want to clear up exactly what I need to do when I want to use my headphones to experience surround sound with games. Do I need to set my Windows settings to 5.1 and Creative control panel settings to headphones? This is exactly what I did with my previous card, the X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro. I'm seeing that the Dolby surround setting adds too much unwanted reverb to everything.

Just want to clear the air once and for all and know what the best/most accurate setting is for positional audio.
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Hello all, new owner of the ZX here.

I want to clear up exactly what I need to do when I want to use my headphones to experience surround sound with games. Do I need to set my Windows settings to 5.1 and Creative control panel settings to headphones? This is exactly what I did with my previous card, the X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro. I'm seeing that the Dolby surround setting adds too much unwanted reverb to everything.

Just want to clear the air once and for all and know what the best/most accurate setting is for positional audio.

Windows control panel at 5.1 setting. And the creative control panel with headphone setting and sbx surround option turned on. Leave it at the default surround setting.

That should give you the best surround experience
    
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Windows control panel at 5.1 setting. And the creative control panel with headphone setting and sbx surround option turned on. Leave it at the default surround setting.

That should give you the best surround experience

Thanks!
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Windows control panel at 5.1 setting. And the creative control panel with headphone setting and sbx surround option turned on. Leave it at the default surround setting.

That should give you the best surround experience

what about the eq settings? There is a profile for "FPS" and it seems to have these EQ settings do you leave that on?


Edited by mikami - 2/16/13 at 12:27pm
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No I dont use the equalizer settings at all. I like my sound to not be altered at all frequency wise.

Its more personal preference though really. Its up to you.
    
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post #149 of 4839
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what about the eq settings? There is a profile for "FPS" and it seems to have these EQ settings do you leave that on?


It really depends on your speakers. If they're weak on mids you can turn up the equalizer on those frequencies, for example.
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Windows control panel at 5.1 setting. And the creative control panel with headphone setting and sbx surround option turned on. Leave it at the default surround setting.

That should give you the best surround experience

^ Pretty much this.

In the audio portion of the windows control panel, there's also a tab allows you test to verify that 5.1 is functional. As long as you have 5.1 enabled in control panel (windows) and SBX surround turned on, you'll get 5.1.

I'm still really impressed by how well this card handles music. I know creative received flak for the recon3d (which was completely deserved) but IMO they really hit a home run with the Z series. I haven't found anything that I do not like.
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