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post #1 of 6
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I am ashamed to say it but I am a complete novice on audio components and setup/etc, its always been one of my weakest knowledge in general. Even though i shamefully admit this Sound to me is as important as graphics or maybe more.

Anyways to my question:

1)
what the heck is sample rate anyways? and what does it do really on sound card settings? I always thought bigger= better but someone told me otherwise quickly over drunken conversation.

on my asus xonar d2x my settings are:


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for gaming/movie watching and music listening what settings should i change them to? or can i just keep at the highest sample rate 24/7?

2)Dolby headphone settings whats difference between them anyways?
one says:
-reference room
-livelier room
-larger room

do these just change how close things sound and thats it?

3)what about the gx button or the EAX when do i know to turn it on or not.

4)anything else i should be warry of under settings? i only change mixer for my 5.1 speakers which has one side sounding super loud so lower a bit.
post #2 of 6
If you have 5.1 speakers make sure to set 6 channels. 96Khz 24/7 is a good choice @ 50% base volume. Keep GX on always, it's for games but you don't need to turn it off when not gaming.
post #3 of 6
GX is not for modern games. It is only for EAX emulation of older games and may causes crashes with new ones. Leave it off unless you are playing really old games like the original FEAR or Thief series. EAX is NOT used in any game in the last five years.
post #4 of 6
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96Khz 24/7 is a good choice

thank you for the answer i appreciate it a lot guys.

but my question still stands...

what the heck is sample rate for and what does the difference in range mean? isn't 192> 92, does this mean i get better sound quality by keeping it at maximum range or is this the cap of something else? ( or am i just gettign it completely wrong)

ill take your advice and drop it down to sample rate 96 khz, would just like to know why the 192 or higher= not better.
post #5 of 6
Most audio is native at 48khz, any higher and you're upsampling the audio. I don't know the exact reasoning but from what I've read 92khz is the best choice unless the audio your playing outputs at 192khz.
post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by KingAlkaiser View Post

thank you for the answer i appreciate it a lot guys.

but my question still stands...

what the heck is sample rate for and what does the difference in range mean? isn't 192> 92, does this mean i get better sound quality by keeping it at maximum range or is this the cap of something else? ( or am i just gettign it completely wrong)

ill take your advice and drop it down to sample rate 96 khz, would just like to know why the 192 or higher= not better.
I don't think GX has caused a crash for me yet (I've always left it on) but yeah, it doesn't do anything in recent titles.

The room size attempts to add a larger/smaller room with more/less distance between you and the speakers to headphone listening. It doesn't seem to achieve a whole lot more that add re-verb. You should just use the one that sounds best to you or even turn Dolby Headphone off.

Higher re-sample rate doesn't increase quality. It's the original sample rate of whatever your listening to that's important. Unless you know it's higher that'll be either 44100 (music/most games) or 48000 (video). Re-sampling either of those to a higher rate doesn't achieve anything, it can produce negative effects but the ASUS re-sampling engine is supposed to be pretty good and you probably wont be able to notice any difference at all. You can safely leave it at either one or the other depending if you have more 44100 or 48000 material or for the absolute best change between them when the source material changes. Increasing it to 96000 or higher adds more workload for the CPU with no gain in quality.

It's quite hard to anything that will noticeably degrade the audio, just use settings that you like the sound of.
Edited by Darren9 - 5/26/13 at 6:00pm
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