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I have an Audigy 2 ZS Platinum soundcard and I have always wondered if I was running at its full potential (24-bit audio sampling), as opposed to the 16-bit recorded by SiSandra. However I cannot find the option ANYWHERE to change from 16bit to 24bit. How did you guys do it? I have spent a few hours searching around the Creative tab and Control Panel but with no luck.

Specs said it could run 2.1 speakers in 192khz/24bit. I think I'm only at 96khz/16bit.

My speakers are analog.
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You do have a fair point. Im not to sure with your card. However with X-fi you can enable the 24Bit Crystalizer.
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This is interesting. I've got the same exact card and I never really noticed that. Maybe someone has got an answer.
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post #4 of 15
Take a look at this. X-Fi Platinum with 24-bit Crystallizer on, yet it still say 16-bit.
I wonder why that is.

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You shouldn't have to worry about 24-bit sound unless you have 24-bit audio files. You should try to match your settings with whatever you're listening to. Example, a normal music CD is 16-bit at 44.1 kHz so resampling it would not be ideal if you want perfect playback.

And remember that higher numbers don't mean that it's better. I have an external DAC (Entech Number Cruncher 203.2) that is only 20-bit but it sounds better than any 24-bit X-Fi card out there.
    
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@ NEvolution, yeah that is weird. Perhaps SiSandra is reporting the wrong settings?
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@ NEvolution, yeah that is weird. Perhaps SiSandra is reporting the wrong settings?
I personally think that may be the case. Whne the Crystalizer is on it will convert and stream audio into 24bit..However not sure for the Audigy 2.
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I personally think that may be the case. Whne the Crystalizer is on it will convert and stream audio into 24bit..However not sure for the Audigy 2.
That's actually not how it works. The 24-bit Crystalizer simply increases some frequencies in an audio file, similar to an equalizer. The name is misleading, it doesn't change 16-bit audio to 24-bit nor does it make audio better than CD quality. It does make some things sound better on lower end systems though (i.e. YouTube videos).
    
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actually it makes EVERYthing sound better. especially soundfx ingames!
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actually it makes EVERYthing sound better. especially soundfx ingames!
I used to own an X-Fi card and used the Crystalizer for a bit before I gave up on it. Sometimes it made music sound worse because it caused the highs to be too harsh or messed up the bass, particularly when I listen to music from Gorillaz. Sometimes it made it sound better like some crappy encoded music videos that I watched online. I stopped using it because it wasn't consistent enough for my tastes.
    
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