Hey guys, I've been having an intermittent issue with my Sound Blaster Z where it will out of no where start stuttering when ANY audio is played (music, movies, games etc) and recently (within the last 24 hours or so) it's been a permanent issue. Usually when I had encountered this issue i'd just reboot the pc and the sound would miraculously be fine again - now this isn't helping.
I am running optical from my SBz which runs directly into my Sony home theatre AMP (not sure of the model but its a few years old and its a mu-te-ki amp?)..and up until now I've been enabling DTS via the SoundBlaster software which gives the best audio for my set up.
I've been troubleshooting on other forums but I am yet to have any responses so thought this would be the best place to continue...I read about PAX drivers being more stable than the standard Creative drivers so I downloaded those and that's when I posted the following information on another forum :
Alright, so I uninstalled all creative software firstly, rebooted, installed the PAX_SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_22 2014 V1.00 software, rebooted, then enabled DTS connect via the sound blaster software under the cinematic tab and it was still stuttering, and pretty bad.
Checked windows, and yup, speakers(creative SBz) was selected...so I checked a couple of forums where someone suggested setting to 24bit 96000Hz helps with stuttering..so did that...now I can't get DTS connect at all, the sbz software says the audio format is not supported. I've rebooted and its still not giving me any audio. I can only get audio if I change my playback device back to SPDIF and then select "no encoder" in the software - but then my audio quality drops bigtime.
What am I doing wrong here? i'm sorry for being such a noob, haven't dealt with much audio stuff in the past.
Thanks for your help.
Ok so now this stuttering happens all the time, rebooting doesnt help. I've uninstalled the pax drivers, reinstalled them...when DTS is enabled it still stutters, so uninstalled again, got latest drivers from creative, installed them and again, stuttering. So I unplugged the optical cable and plugged it back in last night and voila it worked so I was happy and swiftly went off to bed as id been tinkering for ages lol... So today I fire up the PC to give it a good test (as I picked up a new sub last night and been itching to test it out) and it worked!...for half of my first track..then it started stuttering again so I thought ok, unplug the cable again and plug it back in...nope, didn't work this time. So I thought ok maybe my cable is playing up? So swapped it out and used my spare optical cable...nope...still stuttering . I have no more time to tinker as ive got to go to work now but lets hope someones had this issue and knows how I can sort it out
Very frustrating issue especially when I just got this sub last night lol. Any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.