Originally Posted by xenocea
Took the plunge and bought the Asus Strix Soar 7.1 Gaming Soundcard.
After installing the card, I immediately went onto the Asus website and downloaded the latest drivers from the site.
I configured my setup as 5.1 both in Windows 10 & the software. To my dismay, stereo sources doesn't get upmix to 5.1 at all, the sound only plays in two speakers out of the 5...
I have to manually turn on the upmix in the software which actually makes the sound a lot worse. Both my previous X-fi extreme music and onboard sound did a much better upmixing job than this. Did anyone else here experienced this problem?
For reference my speakers is the Logitech Z-5500.
The problem with many modern soundcards and surround speakers/headphones is the developers have a false sense of "surround" or they simply don't test it adequately, they basically apply an excessive amount of filters and change the stereo channels directly, making it sound like complete garbage with more than half of the actual audio being removed a lot of the time.
If the surround option has a control slider you could try values less than 50%, but otherwise you're left with the X-Fi's or onboard. Alternatively you could try using the Equaliser APO (google it) and its GUI tool Peace, from these you can customise your audio however you please.