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I tried to take your suggestion, but unfortunately the games I play only provide options for the main game volume and music volume.
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Any additional input by anyone? I'm pretty convinced now that a sound card is at least worth a try...
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@ Mr. Mojo: Hmm. Do quieter surround sound effects like birds come through loudly and clearly for you on your x-540\ALC892 setup? Maybe it's actually the fault of the audio mixing of the games I'm playing? I don't know. Audio is a very abstract topic compared to other computer topics...


What you are talking about seems to me like an aspect of positioning. With the Xonar, I can hear sound effects like critters or people walking behind me clearly, and it varies depending on how close I am to the sound source. With the on-board sound, I had to adjust the individual volume for each channel to get a similar effect (turned the front l and r down to about 60%, rear l, r, and c at full volume, sub at about 75%). Even then, moving away or towards the sound source wasn't as accurate as the Xonar. Keep in mind though, if positioning is your main priority, Creative cards usually do it best.
 
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Any additional input by anyone? I'm pretty convinced now that a sound card is at least worth a try...

I think you should get it. I think by now you understand that you would be very happy with a creative sound card, but my only reserve is those speakers. Of course that is probably me hating on logitech more than anything else. tongue.gif
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post #25 of 26
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Thank you very much everyone! You've all helped me and I know enough now that I can make a more informed decision. I think I'll try out the Creative Sound Blaster Z (recommended to me earlier) and see how it goes! Heck, worst thing that can happen is I'd just have to return it if I don't like it.

So thanks again for being so patient with me.
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you should check all your sound properties maybe it is set up for 7.1 when you are only using a 5.1 system that could be the reason some of your rear sounds seem low
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