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So I have the latest modded Uni-Xonar drivers with my Essence ST, and I'm getting a little annoyed by dolby headphone. The spatial awareness and extra immersion I get is great... but it simulates a 7.1 speaker setup TOO well. Hearing revurb from a simulated room, for example, is REALLY annoying under Skyrim's open sky, but unprocessed 8 channel sound just sounds less immersive...

So, I stumbled upon dolby home theatre with the modded drivers, hoping for a solution. However, with 8 channel audio enabled, the "surround virtualizer" doesn't seem to have any effect whatsoever...
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?34437-Stumbled-upon-advanced-tunning-for-dolby-home-theatre
DHT may only work for 2 channel sound, which would make it largely useless. But there may be a hack...




My question: what software/processors does everyone else use with their xonars? Is there any way to further tweak/mod dolby headphone or DHT v4?
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post #2 of 9
Unixonars with the 7.1 add-on, and DH room settings at DH-1 as it seems to have the least amount of reverb. DH-3 is pretty horrible... And it's used as default iirc.
You could also try the Razer Surround.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 10/6/13 at 1:57am
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post #3 of 9
Sorry if im intruding bruce, but how good does movies sound when Dolby Headphone is turned on?
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I agree with Tiihokatti, i'd stick with the setting DH-1 or DH-2 at max. Also when selecting dolby headphone make sure you select 6 channels not 8 channels because dolby headphone simulates 5.1 not 7.1 audio. And just make sure you select 5.1 in your audio settings in game and thats pretty much it.
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Originally Posted by Sempre View Post

Sorry if im intruding bruce, but how good does movies sound when Dolby Headphone is turned on?
Movies that support 5.1 audio sound great with dolby headphone. It's more of a preferential thing but i enjoy it very much. Some movies are more immersion than others of course. smile.gif
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I have been wondering, is even the 7.1 (virtual speaker shifter) made from the 5.1 sound?
Here are my gaming settings (from XonarSwitch): Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

I have been wondering, is even the 7.1 (virtual speaker shifter) made from the 5.1 sound?
Here are my gaming settings (from XonarSwitch): Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I keep the 7.1 virtual speaker shifter disabled as it doesn't appear to do much, just lets you play about with the positions of speakers in the control panel (moving them further away, closer, rotating the sound, etc.) made more for headphones with a bigger soundstage. Since i see you're running on some DT770's i'd stick with the 5.1 Dolby Headphone only. And considering 7.1 and 5.1 don't mix anyway. Can't say i have much experience with the speaker shifter though as i don't use it.

But of course, if you do prefer the sound that the speaker shifter gives you, keep it enabled. Everything in that menu is about personal preference.
post #7 of 9
The "Luis U's layout" of the speaker shifter actually helps alot.
Here is a demo of it.

The default settings are kinda lackluster (keep in mind that even the horrible DH-3 is used as default).
Edited by Tiihokatti - 10/10/13 at 1:31pm
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Cool ill be sure to check it out.
Thanks!
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The problem with DH is that it simulates surround speakers, rather than surround sound. This is basically the bottom line reasonthat Asus cards d on't compare to the good Creative cards, whose CMSS3D doesn't have set audio points and instead will virtualize an audio source in full 360deg as well as anywhere above you.

I know that I read about someone getting binaural audio to work on an Asus card, I'll see if I can remember where I read it. The difference is huge, night and day.
   
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