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I am new to PC sound hardware so I don't know where to took or what to search for really. I tried searching in this thread but couldn't find the answer I want so here's my issue.

I just got the ZXR yesterday and I am having trouble getting audio with the optical connection. My speakers are the Edifier S730.

The hardware installation is fine but when I plug in the optical cable in the optical out of the sound card and the optical in of the S730, I get no audio. But if I plug it in using the analog cables, I get audio. Anything I am missing that would allow the optical connection to work?
post #2392 of 5581
I'm reading people complaining about the zxr's ACM unit and sound quality degradation when feeding their headphones through the ACM unit. Has anyone experienced said degradation? My main audio source would be a 5.1 setup but sometimes, I'd like to hook up my Shure SE535's up to the ACM unit. It's only a 36 ohm IEM but will that have any adverse effects with using the ACM?

One of the main selling features for me is the ability to switch between headphones and speakers via the acm and internal software rolleyes.gif
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Hello guys, what settings are you using for Counter Strike Global Ofensive ? I have now 67% surround, headphones in sound blaster panel, in system sound settings 5.1, in CS Go i have "headphones".
I want best settings for hearing footsteps smile.gif Please let me know if i can get better settings

EQ plays a big role here. Raise the mid highs/highs or lower the lows or both to see how footstep sounds are affected and background noise reduced.
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EQ plays a big role here. Raise the mid highs/highs or lower the lows or both to see how footstep sounds are affected and background noise reduced.
Hey i am totally Noob at Those settings, can you send me a screenshot so i can see what do you mean? Really thanks for help
post #2395 of 5581
So I purchased an AudioEngine D1 amp/DAC as an "upgrade" to my Z, hoping to get even more sound quality while still taking advantage of the Z's DSP, EQ and other features. I use my Z for 100% gaming (Ghosts atm), so hearing enemy footsteps and gunshots are key.

The D1 is connected via optical, and I thought I'd post intial impressions in case anyone is thinking of doing the same:

Setup: SBZ optical out > D1 > AT AD700x headphones

Surround:
- 5.1 setting in control panel picks up EVERYTHING, making things that are far seem right next to you. Great detail, but positional audio suffers
- Stereo picks up seemingly more detail than headphones setting, but again positonal audio is still not that great
- Headphones setting seems best for positional audio, although sound quality seems better with 5.1/stereo

Volume control:
- With game vol maxed and windows vol at 75%, gunshots arent nearly as loud as when directly connected to the Z (where Win vol stays below 7), allowing me to boost environmental volumes much higher. Great for hearing footsteps.
- With game vol maxed, windows at 10% and D1 turned up, my gunshots are much lounder and environment sounds also seem much sharper.

I'm still deciding which volume approach I like more. I understand my phones arent hard to drive at 38 ohms, but still hoping for more sound quality.

Overall:
The Z is proving itself a great card. So far, there is some but no profound difference in sound quality. I can still return my D1, and may do so once I've gotten into the 40-50 hr burn-in time and there are still no major differences.
Edited by hittnswitches - 6/10/14 at 12:59pm
post #2396 of 5581
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Hey i am totally Noob at Those settings, can you send me a screenshot so i can see what do you mean? Really thanks for help

Don't have a screen handy, but look 40 secs into this youtube vid for an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd447429_nU

Use this as a guideline - EQ settings are heavily dependent on your headphones/headset, so there will be a lot of trial and error before you find the right settings.
Edited by hittnswitches - 6/10/14 at 1:28pm
post #2397 of 5581
Quick question for anyone in the know.

Can you make the speaker out jack output digital audio instead of analog? biggrin.gif
   
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I've had the Creative ZXR since it was launched. No issues ever experienced.
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Sorry for my English.
I have a huge problem with sound blaster zx but I did not find solutions at least up to now. I wrote creative assistance but seem to have disappeared.
I recently installed Windows 8.1 with a new PC.
Intel i5 4670
nvidia gtx 780 super jetstream
motherboard gigabyte Z97 hd3
16 gb ram 1600
ssd and others ...
I connected the Sound Blaster Zx with the spdif output to an amplifier pioneer, and this supports DTS and DD is 5.1. the amp works fine I tried it with other pc and blue ray players, mp3 player etc..
The problem is that by accident, sometimes on startup sometimes when playing mp3 or video games subwoofer stops working. I've tried everything, I moved the card in pcie various ports, I disabled the onboard sound card I have updated the drivers for windows 8.1 but the problem persists.
I hope you can help me because I have a soundcard (expensive) unusable.

Thank you again and forgive my English.
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