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I dont like high volume, medium/low is the point for me. I use the headphones specialy for games, I m afraid that a low impedance dont map every sound.

It shouldn't matter which "impedance" setting you choose, as long as it gets loud enough for your liking.
The headphones will draw the same amount power on any of the settings, as long as the relative volume is set to the same with the windows volume.

Only if you want to listen very loud, and you have to max out volume on the lowest impedance setting, there could be a benefit to choose the next higher impedance setting.
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It shouldn't matter which "impedance" setting you choose, as long as it gets loud enough for your liking.
The headphones will draw the same amount power on any of the settings, as long as the relative volume is set to the same with the windows volume.

Only if you want to listen very loud, and you have to max out volume on the lowest impedance setting, there could be a benefit to choose the next higher impedance setting.

This is not true.

The amount of power required is very different for different frequencies. At even low volumes I get roll off at low hertz with the low impedance setting, it sounds much better when I use the higher impedance setting even after adjusting the volume to be similar to the volume at lower settings.

You do not want the amp clipping the intensities of any frequencies.
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This is not true.

The amount of power required is very different for different frequencies. At even low volumes I get roll off at low hertz with the low impedance setting, it sounds much better when I use the higher impedance setting even after adjusting the volume to be similar to the volume at lower settings.

You do not want the amp clipping the intensities of any frequencies.

The same relative volume means same voltage, means headphones draw the same amount of current from the same outputstage of the soundcard.
All you get with the higher impedance settings is the potential of more voltage, which don't come into play if you listen at low volume.
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The same relative volume means same voltage, means headphones draw the same amount of current from the same outputstage of the soundcard.
All you get with the higher impedance settings is the potential of more voltage, which don't come into play if you listen at low volume.

This is true with a 1 KHz test tone but not a dynamic frequency, 100 Hz usually takes more voltage than 1 KHz. If the amp limits the voltage you can get the same volume for 1 KHz but not for 100 Hz.

This will depend of the impedance of the headphones at all frequencies. My HD 600s can get reasonably loud using the 16-31 ohm option but they do not sound as good as they do when using the 150-600 ohm option at the same apparent volume. I don't think this is placebo, I have noticed it listening to them cold and checked the setting only to find that the setting wasn't being saved (hardly conclusive, I know). It sounds very different to me and I wasn't expecting it. I used the lowest setting when I first got the card because I don't like it that loud anyway. After hearing the difference I was disappointed that I needed to only use the bottom half of the volume range, I would prefer to use the lower setting so that even at 100% I wouldn't blow out my eardrums. If only it didn't sound worse. redface.gif

I am curious what aspect of the amp is being limited by this setting. Are we changing a voltage limit, a current limit, or a power limit? It is hard to know what is happening technically without knowing exactly what is being limited.

Here is the impedance curve for my headphones:
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can anyone who owns this card confirm you have to reset the ohms gain after each restart?
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Not with the current drivers, see the OP to reinstall them. For some reason they do not install correctly a lot of the time.
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can anyone who owns this card confirm you have to reset the ohms gain after each restart?

the newest driver fixed that
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i see. thx good to know
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I watched a video showing when you click on BLASTERX EXPERIENCE icon, it would change the BasterX Acoustic Engine settings. When i try that, it doesn't change the BlasterX Acoustic Engine settings.






I figured out my issue, under setup i need to select Headphones not Direct HP. I have no clue what Direct HP is, but it will disable all the software audio tweaking settings.


Edited by MSim - 9/29/17 at 4:27am
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I figured out my issue, under setup i need to select Headphones not Direct HP. I have no clue what Direct HP is, but it will disable all the software audio tweaking settings.

Direct HP mode will bypass the sound processor which does audio tweaking settings.
It's some "audiophile" mode.rolleyes.gif
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