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post #2101 of 5498
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Originally Posted by Paul17041993 View Post

that's very true, and with simplicity increases reliability...

on a side note I may have fixed 24bit@96K again by messing with the windows speaker config;
setting to stereo > set to 24@192 > set to 24@96 > set back to 5.1 speakers,
haven't had it mess up again yet, so this could have possibly fixed a value in the "floating channel matrix" kind of design these cards use...
(ie; the panel speaker settings are independent of the windows settings, and the windows one sticks to 5.1 or you loose headphone surround)

That's always been the case with any creative products, let alone like any soundcard on the market

If you set it to 24@192Khz, it doesn't matter WHAT soundcard you use, it will force windows to use Stereo

The only way to get 5.1+ out of windows, the absolute max you can set it to is 24@96Khz

Why? Don't ask me, I didn't design windows
post #2102 of 5498
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Originally Posted by ShamisOMally View Post

That's always been the case with any creative products, let alone like any soundcard on the market

If you set it to 24@192Khz, it doesn't matter WHAT soundcard you use, it will force windows to use Stereo

The only way to get 5.1+ out of windows, the absolute max you can set it to is 24@96Khz

Why? Don't ask me, I didn't design windows

Maybe because Windows depended on DVD-Audio specs with maximum of 96Khz for 5.1 channels and maximum of 192Khz for 2 chanel only.

DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD specs allow up to 96Khz for 7.1 chanels and 192Khz for up to 5.1 channels.

And also it may be because of DRM that may limit PC output.

It was so hard to get true 24bit/96Khz DTS-HD with any free filter from Blu-Ray movies on PC untill LAV filter + TMT DLL decoder file
post #2103 of 5498
Is a Creative Soundblaster Z paired with a set of Creative A550 5.1 speakers going to provide pretty good sound overall? I'm looking at upgrading my PC audio setup with my new Amazon credit card and can't really figure out what to get.
 
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I do like my Maximus VI Gene's sound but I like upgrading too.
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post #2105 of 5498
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Originally Posted by ShamisOMally View Post

That's always been the case with any creative products, let alone like any soundcard on the market

If you set it to 24@192Khz, it doesn't matter WHAT soundcard you use, it will force windows to use Stereo

The only way to get 5.1+ out of windows, the absolute max you can set it to is 24@96Khz

Why? Don't ask me, I didn't design windows

you didn't quite get what I meant.

to explain what my problem was; 24@96K on 5.1 would make the channels drop out, openAL seemed to fix this but that would only be temporary, of course 24@192 is only available if windows is set to stereo so I did so to see if said setup would have the same problem, it didn't seem to, so I proceeded to try 24@96 on stereo, it was fine, so then set it back to 5.1 and all of a sudden 24@96 is working flawlessly, no errorous behavior yet over ~3 days so I can only assume this has fixed it.

I swear I had meddled with it like that before so there must have been something that breaks it, I know WASAPI on 5.1 24@96 had the exact same problem, though I haven't tested that quite yet so it could be something related there...

fyi though, the 5.1 24@96K limitation is just cause its the most practical to support on the hardware, 24@192 is just way too intensive for 6 channels, your motherboard audio can possibly do this setting, but if you try you will most likely get heaps of CPU usage and errorous behavior.
2channel 24@192 is supported because some people like it for whatever reason, digital mixers for example may only support 24@96 for their 16+16 audio channels via USB, even though USB2.0 can handle ~6 times that...
   
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post #2106 of 5498
excuse me,
first time use optical out from my pc (ZxR) to my avr
anyone using this setup ?

dts connect > on , 5.1 configure on sound control panel, testing all doing well...
but if i play any sound from my pc , only front speaker got the sound....
but if i get the sorround on on sbx pro studio, all my speaker get the sound....is this normal ?

what setting do you guys have ?
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post #2107 of 5498
So i think i may just shoot my sound card once I can find one that doesn't suck. I have the sound blaster Z and it loves to switch channels when trying to play most full screen games for my 5.1 setup and still my titanium x-fi fatality did 7.1 this thing doesnt. The drivers are pure crap and i am using pax. Even a windows reinstall because the os was corrupted did nothing and i tried creative and pax drivers. Does great for music and anything but gaming.
    
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post #2108 of 5498
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So i think i may just shoot my sound card once I can find one that doesn't suck. I have the sound blaster Z and it loves to switch channels when trying to play most full screen games for my 5.1 setup and still my titanium x-fi fatality did 7.1 this thing doesnt. The drivers are pure crap and i am using pax. Even a windows reinstall because the os was corrupted did nothing and i tried creative and pax drivers. Does great for music and anything but gaming.

Avoid the Pax drivers.

Also you are doing it wrong. You must be playing a bad luck deck of games to get so many problems, because most Z series owners don't get this problem at all. Skim through this thread, and the one on Head-Fi and Guru3d for confirmation.
post #2109 of 5498
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Avoid the Pax drivers.

I agree. The author of those drivers simply makes .ini and/or registry tweaks to the driver's default settings and installation scripts. He claims things like, "More better bass for you" and "makes sound more crisper." English is his native language, yet he can not write a simple readme file. What would make you think he could "rewrite" a driver when Creative's own team can not?
post #2110 of 5498
if the creative drivers have the same channel switching problem at 48hz or 96hz 24 bit with windows set to stereo or surround. How am i doign something wrong. I will try the creative drivers again just for the heck of it. Now the problem with the audio poping or cuttign otu is because of my old 2009 motherboard and the usb drivers i can't update ever. stuck with windows 8.1 default usb 2.0 drivers and a latency program shows its the main issue for that.
    
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