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Originally Posted by BrightCandle View Post

1) In the soundblaster control panel make sure you set the speakers to 5.1 setup, then select headphones.
2) Turn on SBX Pro 33% works best for most people
3) In game set it to surround/5.1/7.1 mode.

That is it. You can validate it by going to the volume thing on the taskbar and right clicking and going to playback devices and then right clicking the sound device and configure speakers and that will show you its in 5.1 configuration.

Unless I am missing something #1 can't be done, when selecting 5.1 as soon as you select the headphones tick it goes to headphone mode and doesn't keep 5.1
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Unless I am missing something #1 can't be done, when selecting 5.1 as soon as you select the headphones tick it goes to headphone mode and doesn't keep 5.1

You are indeed missing something. Just do it and you'll get a working surround system. Plenty of explainations throughout the thread from me and others as to why but honestly its just a procedure to follow to get it working as it should.
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post #5173 of 5238
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Originally Posted by Iceman2733 View Post

Unless I am missing something #1 can't be done, when selecting 5.1 as soon as you select the headphones tick it goes to headphone mode and doesn't keep 5.1

He means selecting 5.1 in windows playback devices, not in the SBX-cpl.
5.1 in playback devices is default for SB-Z cards tho, so you usually don't need to look there.
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post #5174 of 5238
Don't bother with the Dolby Atmos for headphones in the Windows Creator update.

It's just a trial. Even then, you can't adjust anything with it like ProStudio. Plus the front L and R speakers positions are too wide

Totally unimpressed by it.

Even the Microsoft Windows Sonic for Headphones isn't good.

Another bunk OS sound virtualization attempt. rolleyes.gif
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post #5175 of 5238
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Originally Posted by iARDAs View Post

Quick question.

When enabling Soundblaster Z surround, should I also turn surround on for the games as well?

Or leave them in stereo.
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Originally Posted by Madmaxneo View Post

That cable you posted is crazy expensive.

For me money is the issue. Yeah I would love to get better sound but can in no way afford it. It took me some time to get the z906 speakers for the optical out that I wanted and they only cost me about $200 as they were used (but they work great). I like the 5.1 sound effect I get from them and it actually sounds better than my 5.1 theater system in my living room. I am currently trying to save money for a 7.1 surround receiver and then eventually the speakers for a better surround effect in my living room. I would like to call myself an audiophile but can only afford the cheaper options and I much more prefer speakers over headsets.

FYI there is a lot of info out there about true audio and there have been plenty of people on this thread that have mentioned basically the same things you are talking about, but what it comes down to for most of us is what is affordable in what we like.

Well we as audiophiles have a problem with affordability too, especially when some good interconnects from good brands cost upwards of $500 for a single cable.
But to us it is all an investment. You save up to buy something you will buy once in decades as they will last that long.

IMO if you are into speakers get yourself a good receiver should be your first step! Maybe even a dedicated dac second and run your source to the DAC and then DAC to your receiver as most of your sources will be in digital form (mp3/spotify/tidal etc).

For speakers I recommend upgrading to tower speakers with multi tweeters. You will be able to have as many channels as you want and you can start small. Grab two to start and you'll slowly build your way to 5.1/7.1 but really you will have literally 20-30 tweeters running all your sounds the definition will be amazing.

IMO for audio equipment, buy used especially receivers. Lots of people upgrade their setups and have high quality top end stuff for half off or more!
Look at brands like Mariantz, Sennheiser, Focal, B&O, you will be surprised how cheap you can find systems.

Last but not least, join us at head-fi forums smile.gif

edit:
Expensive cables are not better
They just sound different than normal cables if ever so slightly and they take away any "bottlenecks" to your system.
Edited by b0oMeR - 4/11/17 at 11:16pm
post #5176 of 5238
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Originally Posted by thuNDa View Post

He means selecting 5.1 in windows playback devices, not in the SBX-cpl.
5.1 in playback devices is default for SB-Z cards tho, so you usually don't need to look there.

No I mean precisely what I say, I have not made an error.
Edited by BrightCandle - 4/15/17 at 2:57am
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No I mean precisely what I say, I have no made an error.

Then it's pointless to select 5.1 in the SBX-cpl, before you switch to headphones in the SBX-cpl.
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Well we as audiophiles have a problem with affordability too, especially when some good interconnects from good brands cost upwards of $500 for a single cable.
But to us it is all an investment. You save up to buy something you will buy once in decades as they will last that long.

IMO if you are into speakers get yourself a good receiver should be your first step! Maybe even a dedicated dac second and run your source to the DAC and then DAC to your receiver as most of your sources will be in digital form (mp3/spotify/tidal etc).

For speakers I recommend upgrading to tower speakers with multi tweeters. You will be able to have as many channels as you want and you can start small. Grab two to start and you'll slowly build your way to 5.1/7.1 but really you will have literally 20-30 tweeters running all your sounds the definition will be amazing.

IMO for audio equipment, buy used especially receivers. Lots of people upgrade their setups and have high quality top end stuff for half off or more!
Look at brands like Mariantz, Sennheiser, Focal, B&O, you will be surprised how cheap you can find systems.

Last but not least, join us at head-fi forums smile.gif

edit:
Expensive cables are not better
They just sound different than normal cables if ever so slightly and they take away any "bottlenecks" to your system.
Some of those names are new to me. In my day the high end receivers were Yamaha, Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Pyle and Dennon. Are these not decent anymore?

All I could find on Sennheiser were headsets.
Nothing by Mariantz less than $500.
Focal was all expensive speakers.
And Bang & Olufsen was really high end cost speakers.
I can't even begin to think about affording those you mentioned. I have to hit the lottery first.
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I actually don't have 5.1 option in the Soundblaster software. Just Headphone (Stereo), Headphone Mode, Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound. I am using a Soundblaster E5 though. The sound blows away my old SBZ internal card. Using it with some AKG, Pioneer and Sennheiser headphones. I like that I don't have to double AMP my AKGs like I did with the internal SBZ too. Anyways, I realize the Headphone Mode option is default 5.1 surround, but why not use the Virtual 7.1? Also, I have Dolby Atmos Headphone in Win 10 and honestly, my SB E5 sounds better. Atmos sounds amazing in Overwatch, but that's when selecting Atmos in game. This Win 10 version seems like trash in comparison. Anyone else notice that? I've yet to hear any Atmos Produced music, as I've heard some producers are starting to use Atmos, here is to hoping it's great. All my FLAC files sound best in Stereo Direct Mode still.
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