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i own a sound blaster z paired with akg q 701

but to take advantage of 5.1 and ddl i need to use optical. i tried using my astro mixamp and it did work great actually. what i know is only DACs has optical in, will the DAC affect the sound quality you know they are all sound cards. am asking because if i bought a cheap DAC just to benefit from the optical in will it affect the blaster z sound quality ? or is there a way/device that i can benefit of its optical port without affecting the blaster z's sound?
post #2762 of 5498
With my new Sound Blaster Z I want to know because in the manual and on the product description it says that the microphone beamforming is stereo and it really is not.
In my microphone is noted that there is only an electroacoustic transducer on the left side, if stereo to make a noise to one side of the microphone this should be ringing on the same side in the sound system and this does not occur in any .
This my faulty microphone or is it a scam?
post #2763 of 5498
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Originally Posted by Unico View Post

With my new Sound Blaster Z I want to know because in the manual and on the product description it says that the microphone beamforming is stereo and it really is not.
In my microphone is noted that there is only an electroacoustic transducer on the left side, if stereo to make a noise to one side of the microphone this should be ringing on the same side in the sound system and this does not occur in any .
This my faulty microphone or is it a scam?

I'm doing more tests....after read that change to line-in would be on stereo i made the change but stereo sound of the mic (yes it sound on stereo in line-in mode) is too low.

Another interesting thing i noticed is when changed to line-in mode the mic is sounding all time with "listen this" option on properties checked or not checked.....too low but still active.

Into Creative software, if i selected rear connector (line-in/mic connector) instead line-in, the sound is mono at all and right electroacoustic transducer seems to be disabled or muted.

How the hell is this possible? line-in and mic input are the same physic connector!!!


Any hint on how can i fix this?.
post #2764 of 5498
Another test with the stereo micro......incredible!!! without AMP or DAC!!!!! (ironic mode on of course relative to some post in this threat) the microphone works perfectly on stereo connected to my realtek ALC1150 and WOOOOW 24bits 192khz on software....i cant believe.

All this tests with latest creative drivers....

SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_24.exe
156 MB (163.728.632 bytes)

SHA-1
090E7477C713CC7914017A3BA413FD3E4A29C42E

SHA-384 02AB20BADFA76ABC640AC4C67B851D50074E02971204C6AB21D0E33B3B5904BE0B049AB116A2885FFFFC529A20368C39

downloaded from
http://files2.europe.creative.com/manualdn/Drivers/AVP/13180/0x963D5B94/SBZ_CD_L13_1_00_24.exe

If these problems are because some supplants creative driver server or manipulated drivers, sorry Creative, but i think Creative SUCKS....i will return the sound card to my seller...piece of crap of software and hardware!!!
Edited by Unico - 10/21/14 at 4:00am
post #2765 of 5498
@unico
so stereo mic work just as that on mic input with realtek ?
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I have quite a lot of noise on my Modmic 1.0 microphone with a Soundblaster ZX. Its there even if I don't use the volume controller box at +20Db and at +30Db its really bad. At +20Db its a bit too quiet so ideally I would want to set higher but that amount of hiss on the card is irritating everyone I talk to. I have had the card quite a while so its not really RMA able so really my question is what can I do to go about fixing the problem? I need to improve the audio quality my microphone is capturing, I know the modmic can be great as I previously had the same mic on a D2X Xonar.
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This are my Mic values Brightcandle i hope fixes you problem.

mic.jpg
post #2768 of 5498
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Originally Posted by ABADY View Post

i own a sound blaster z paired with akg q 701

but to take advantage of 5.1 and ddl i need to use optical. i tried using my astro mixamp and it did work great actually. what i know is only DACs has optical in, will the DAC affect the sound quality you know they are all sound cards. am asking because if i bought a cheap DAC just to benefit from the optical in will it affect the blaster z sound quality ? or is there a way/device that i can benefit of its optical port without affecting the blaster z's sound?

A cheap DAC will be fine as long as you have a "pass-through" "Direct" modes using Optical out to the DAC. The SBz source will be used and not the cheaper DAC in those modes. It will be as good as your speaker/phones will accept it as if you plugged them directly into the sound card via optical. The volume level may change though for better or worst. With my aging receiver using "pass-through" "Direct" modes, I get a slightly higher volume than analog, but much clearer quality using both ext speakers and phones.

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Edited by sk2play - 10/20/14 at 12:01pm
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Originally Posted by ABADY View Post

i own a sound blaster z paired with akg q 701

but to take advantage of 5.1 and ddl i need to use optical. i tried using my astro mixamp and it did work great actually. what i know is only DACs has optical in, will the DAC affect the sound quality you know they are all sound cards. am asking because if i bought a cheap DAC just to benefit from the optical in will it affect the blaster z sound quality ? or is there a way/device that i can benefit of its optical port without affecting the blaster z's sound?

A cheap DAC will be fine as long as you have a "pass-through" "Direct" modes using Optical out to the DAC. The SBz source will be used and not the cheaper DAC in those modes. It will be as good as your speaker/phones will accept it as if you plugged them directly into the sound card via optical. The volume level may change though for better or worst. With my aging receiver using "pass-through" "Direct" modes, I get a slightly higher volume than analog, but much clearer quality using both ext speakers and phones.

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Interesting! But didnt get the "pass through Direct" part ?
post #2770 of 5498
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This are my Mic values Brightcandle i hope fixes you problem.

mic.jpg

Unfortunately I am set up similar. I have tried all the CrystalVoice settings and IMO they just make things worse. I think my card has a fault with its microphone amplifier. One question I had is whether a cheap amp inline with the microphone and removing the boost would likely fix the issue or if anyone has a better plan to work around it?
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