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post #2211 of 5496
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post

hanzy, you could use a audio switch(er) between your card and the amp.

Does that degrade SQ at all?
Thanks for the response BTW.

I would really like to know what output on the card is best used to go to the external amp, and how to retain virtual surround.
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post #2212 of 5496
Lol - am sorry - you don't need to use a switch. I thought you wanted to use your amp to power the speakers too, but the A2's are powered anyway so they'd be connected to your card. Also the Valhalla is a headphone only amp doh.

In your case, just attach your headphone to the headphone out on the card, and likewise connect your speakers to the line out. In Creative's software control panel you can then select Headphones or Speakers. Surround can be on or off whichever output you select as well as EQ etc. There's also presets you can save for all this.

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Edited by SaLX - 4/2/14 at 1:02pm
post #2213 of 5496
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post

Lol - am sorry - you don't need to use a switch. I thought you wanted to use your amp to power the speakers too, but the A2's are powered anyway so they'd be connected to your card. Also the Valhalla is a headphone only amp doh.

In your case, just attach your headphone to the headphone out on the card, and likewise connect your speakers to the line out. In Creative's software control panel you can then select Headphones or Speakers. Surround can be on or off whichever output you select as well as EQ etc. There's also presets you can save for all this.

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But the headphone out would be going to the external amp.
Would this not create a "double amping" effect? Does that effect SQ at all?

That is why I thought you were recommending a switch, so I could use the front speaker line out to go to both the external amp and speakers.
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post #2214 of 5496
I know of quite a few posters over at Head-Fi who use the headphone out to their amp. The caveat is that the amp must have low distortion (THD): for example the Schiit Magni or the O2. I've heard both (and others) have been used successfully in this way so therefore I would assume that the Valhala would be as equally as good. It's not perfect (see last paragraph).

I would not use the line outs for your headphones > amp (been discussed many times on this thread), only for your speakers. The reason for this is that with the SBZ CP, using headphones in this way (ie pretending they are speakers) messes up the HRTF functions of the surround sound. It would sound pretty off so to speak.

Basically, this mode isn't designed for headphones, but I wish it were as many people would like to use the 'unamped' line outs to their external amplifiers. It sucks, as previous cards (Titaniums) did this.

So apologies - swiftly wrote the last post forgetting (!) about the amp - I think you'll be just fine double amping.
Edited by SaLX - 4/3/14 at 12:56pm
post #2215 of 5496
With the ZXR and ACM module, how do you control the volume level? Leave windows at 100 and adjust with the ACM? Or set the ACM at full and adjust in windows? Or some sort of mix maybe?
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post #2216 of 5496
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With the ZXR and ACM module, how do you control the volume level? Leave windows at 100 and adjust with the ACM? Or set the ACM at full and adjust in windows? Or some sort of mix maybe?

idea of the ACM is you don't need to change the volume in windows for your headphones, especially if you do the same with your speakers.

my example is I leave windows always at 50% volume and just adjust volume on my speaker amp and the ACM when I use headphones, you don't want to set windows to 100% volume however as it will clip a lot and will likely create distortion or otherwise enforce normalization (a bad thing).
   
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post #2217 of 5496
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idea of the ACM is you don't need to change the volume in windows for your headphones, especially if you do the same with your speakers.

my example is I leave windows always at 50% volume and just adjust volume on my speaker amp and the ACM when I use headphones, you don't want to set windows to 100% volume however as it will clip a lot and will likely create distortion or otherwise enforce normalization (a bad thing).

Interesting, need to try this then. I have the zx and windows set at 100% then just use the acm for volume control.
post #2218 of 5496
Hello everyone,

Are creative z drivers stable for win7 64bit? Are there any issues?
Thanks in advance,
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post #2219 of 5496
Hi club! I am a soundblaster zx owner with a question. I never noticed this until I started to monitor cpu usage during gaming to answer my question of whether my i5 is enough for my trifire setup. During this monitoring I came across the fact that my soundblaster zx seems to be using 35-40% of my cpu usage according to task manager. My system is in my sig and I am running windows 8.1. Is anyone encountering cpu usage issues? I am not sure which drivers are there, i think I installed off the cd and used the updater originally. Whether that keeps me up to code now or not I have no idea. I can kill the task and make it stop, but it must be done everytime I boot up.
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I'm registering 0% CPU use, or near 0% CPU use with my soundcard on for my i7 4770K

Something wrong with your system maybe?
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