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Soundblaster Z vs Xonar Phoebus

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Hello i have the Logitech Z906 installed on my phoebus, but i find the EQ not so good as the simple one on the D1 and i think the sound could be better. i tested in on three different set of speakers, and to me it seems that sound isn't so "open" and clean as it should be.

Is the SB Z better than Phoebus?
post #2 of 8
Doesn't the z906 have digital input? IMHO you shouldn't even be using a sound card, as it isn't actually doing anything with the z906.

EDIT; On that same note, if you use analog input on the Z906, I'm not sure anything else would sound much better than a Phoebus. You could try something like Dolby virtual speaker shifter to change the sound profile, and change output levels of individual channels to get more of a "surround" feel.
Edited by brucethemoose - 1/10/14 at 3:01pm
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Indeed you should use the optical with the speakers. And with optical the soundcard is mostly bypassed which makes the Phoebus a waste if you don't have headphones.
There was a guy here few months ago who had Sound Blaster ZxR and your speakers. The end results were that optical was better.
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post #4 of 8
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well i though the analog would be better on sound card like that. but if optical is the way to go... there are couple of cables, can u show me a good one?

if i use the Optical, can i use equalizer as well or not?
post #5 of 8
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well i though the analog would be better on sound card like that. but if optical is the way to go... there are couple of cables, can u show me a good one?

if i use the Optical, can i use equalizer as well or not?

I believe so, even the motherboard's sound should have some kind of equalizer.

If you plan on keeping the Phoebus, you can still use it to tweak channel output levels too.
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so let me get it right. the best thing would be buying an optical cable and connect speaker using it, and no need for new soundcard.
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so let me get it right. the best thing would be buying an optical cable and connect speaker using it, and no need for new soundcard.

Exactly, the sound card doesn't do anything significant if you're using an optical cable.
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alright thanx. i found out after messing with equalizer that it actually sounds very good, i buy optical cable.
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