Thanks for your reply. My main 2 issues are as follows...
1. I do not want to be forced to use the front panel because of introducing potential EMI through the cable, which I'm sure is likely unshielded. (Would be nice if case designers started using shielded cables for front panel audio...) However not using the front panel means that I lose the "Sonic SenseAMP" which detects impedance and adjusts to proper levels. According to this statement in the link you sent me:
The difficulty with managing a headphone amp is that few gamers know the impedance of their headphones, thus, Sonic SenseAMP does the job for you by automatically testing the impedance of the headphones and setting the amplification level accordingly. There's still manual control if you prefer, or the ability to disable it completely if your headphones or speakers has an AMP built in; all direct from the speaker config tab.
Except that it doesn't allow you manual control unless you use front panel, even if you know your own impedance. Unless I just can't find how to enable it, but there doesn't seem to be a way to change any AMP settings unless you use front panel.
2. My other issue is that I do not know what settings are required to properly enable virtual surround to work without potentially mucking something up.
You have the windows audio controls which I'm pretty sure must be set to 5.1/7.1 and you have the windows audio enhancements, one of which is virtual surround. Do I need that enabled or does the surround option in Sonic Studio II override that? Do I need both on? Or just the SSII one?
Do I need full range > Surround setting in the SupremeFX (Realtek) control panel on? Do I need it to say headphones or 5.1/7.1 in that control panel?
I know ingame settings require 5.1/7.1 but there is no documentation as to how to set the rest of the system.
There are so many areas to change settings that I don't want something screwing other settings up. The windows settings seem to change some of the realtek settings too.@Raja@ASUS
Any idea regarding either?