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Hey, is there a fix for Creative ZxR defaulting to 5.1 in Windows Control Panel? I have to set it to stereo every reboot manually.
Edited by Yahar - 2/1/16 at 11:51am
post #4052 of 5498
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Originally Posted by Yahar View Post

Hey, is there a fix for Creative ZxR defaulting to 5.1 in Windows Control Panel? I have to set it to stereo every reboot manually.

That is the intended behavior. If your source is a stereo signal from the software program, it doesn't matter.
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Hi everyone,

My Sound Blaster Z just arrived today, and I have spent the entire afternoon trying to set correct values to avoid destroying my earphones, speakers and, last but not least, my ears. So far I have managed to set a proper profile to listening to almost every kind of music with tolerable bass/treble levels, but failed to set my 2.1 or my earphones (Tritton Kunai, pretty ****ty I know) to achieve something decent in movie or gaming terms.

Do you have any tips for a Z noob here? Especially on EQ-tweaking, I don't really know what I'm touching there... Would be really grateful wink.gif
post #4054 of 5498
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Do you have any tips for a Z noob here? Especially on EQ-tweaking, I don't really know what I'm touching there... Would be really grateful wink.gif

We (I) don't have your eyes so it's hard for us to give you EQ tweaks. Your red may be my pink... your bass may be my mids. Only you know what you like and don't like. My only suggestions is to play with the EQ settings with all types of music you listen to and find a happy medium...or (something I do), create a couple of profiles based on the type of music you listen to.

There's really no firm EQ settings anyone can give you because we all hear (in the physical sense) things differently due to a variety of reasons.

Good luck.
post #4055 of 5498
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Hi everyone,

Do you have any tips for a Z noob here? Especially on EQ-tweaking, I don't really know what I'm touching there... Would be really grateful wink.gif

I agree with @sygnus21. For example I find it best to leave the EQ at their base (flat) settings. I find that if I change any of the sliders it may sound better on that particular slider but I always feel like something else sounds missing or lesser.... Which is way different than when I was younger and used to either like it set up concave style (the end sliders up higher and the middle one the lowest with the ones in between linear to those), or with a little extra on the 31 and 62 frequency levels.
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post #4056 of 5498
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I agree with @sygnus21. For example I find it best to leave the EQ at their base (flat) settings. I find that if I change any of the sliders it may sound better on that particular slider but I always feel like something else sounds missing or lesser.... Which is way different than when I was younger and used to either like it set up concave style (the end sliders up higher and the middle one the lowest with the ones in between linear to those), or with a little extra on the 31 and 62 frequency levels.

What I'm afraid of is that I may have bought this one impulsively. I was looking for a wider approach to music and games, and my opinion so far is far less than positive, with all that bass "killing" every new sound. But also I know, judging for the fanbase and all the reviews around, that this may be what I'm looking for, providing I can learn how to properly set it up.

So... It's about "playing" around? Until I find a desirable configuration? And creating 3-4 profiles based on your different preferences for music, movies, equipment?

Thanks for the replies and helpful hints, and sorry for the lack of technical knowledge thumb.gif
post #4057 of 5498
what driver use, original creative or pax driver?
post #4058 of 5498
So your post isn't passed over...

I've never used any of the PAX drivers so I can't speak for them, but for me, under Windows 10, I'm using the latest drivers on Creative's web site.

That said, I'm about to completely dump my card as I'm getting ready to upgrade my DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter). I'm currently running my powered speakers through one now, so I've not used my Creative card to it's full capacity in a while... I just use the DB card of the ZXR to connect the DAC to the digital out (S/PDIF) of the card.

The only reason I still have the card is because the headphone amp on it is a bit more powerful that that on my DAC. That'll change when I get the upgraded DAC with a built in headphone amp.

Anyway, I'm just using the Creative drivers, not PAX.

Good luck.
Edited by sygnus21 - 2/3/16 at 9:27pm
post #4059 of 5498
Oh wow, this is getting hilarious yet I feel bad for creative labs as this is their most current response to my latest email.
First off I had asked them if they read the email responses I send because they are asking questions I already responded to.
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Thank you for getting back to us.
We read all your email, we just asked those questions to confirm to avoid again any confusion.

As per your screenshot file name sound error, in this case Encoder is enabled and you are playing stereo format file I believe however on your playback device based on the screenshot spdif out was selected.

If you are using the encoder Speaker Sound Blaster Z must be selected as default playback device and not spdif.

Can you select it and try again please.
So they are trying to tell me none of the encoders on the SB Pro control panel will work through spdif... LMAO!
The most interesting thing is I have only exclusively used spdif on this board and I have always used those encoders, but now they do not work.

This does not bode well for Creative Labs as a company. If this is how their tech support handles things that company is going to die.

Does anyone know how to contact the "Doc" at Maximum PC? He needs to know about this.....


EDIT: Ok this is odd. I am confused now. I switched to non spdif and now it works... it never has before as like I said I have always used spdif out exclusively. Did they change something recently in the drivers?
Edited by Madmaxneo - 2/3/16 at 9:58pm
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post #4060 of 5498
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Hi everyone,
My Sound Blaster Z just arrived today, and I have spent the entire afternoon trying to set correct values to avoid destroying my earphones, speakers and, last but not least, my ears. So far I have managed to set a proper profile to listening to almost every kind of music with tolerable bass/treble levels, but failed to set my 2.1 or my earphones (Tritton Kunai, pretty ****ty I know) to achieve something decent in movie or gaming terms.
Do you have any tips for a Z noob here? Especially on EQ-tweaking, I don't really know what I'm touching there... Would be really grateful wink.gif

I can't give you exact tweaks because we use different audio equipment, but here is a quick guide.

Left sliders = Lows = Bass
Middle sliders = Mids = Instruments
Right sliders = Highs = Voice

Increase/decrease the sliders for the desired effect.
Edited by BradleyW - 2/4/16 at 6:47am
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