Originally Posted by ShaveWithALightsaber
I've never used this feature in my X-fi. does it have any effect in games movies or music, or is it just for recordin purposes only???
It was originally designed for recording purposes since it's so important to listen to what was recorded without any audio enhancements (which is why studio engineers get Studio Monitors. They're designed to be a precise representation of the original audio source, and the best ones don't color the sound at all).
However, people are using it now for playback of things like music with media players like foobar
I recently discovered this for myself in the past 48 hours, so it's extremely fresh on my mind.
Compared to Entertainment Mode, the Bit-Matched Playback is a much better choice for higher-fidelity playback. And since you can't use Creative's built-in EQ, you have to use the EQ that the media player has. But that works really well. Oh, you may have to adjust the treble and bass settings on your speakers, if they have any adjustments like that. Mine just have a treble and bass knobs.
So, what you do is you change the Output in foobar to the ASIO (once you got it in foobar), and then if you want to be sure you're actually using ASIO, move the fader in the ASIO section of Audio Creation Mode. Or, just press its mute button. Either way, it'll become obvious after that. I mean, if you adjust its fader but nothing happens, then ASIO isn't being used.
Anyway, the only problem I have with this is that if I am listening to music and browsing OCN and come across a YouTube video or something, then i have to stop the music, switch to Entertainment Mode, and then begin playing what I came across so the audio isn't all muddy from a lack of a graphic EQ and the Crystalizer. Oh, and I also have to adjust the knobs on my speakers.
So, I guess Audio Creation Mode isn't for everyone. I'm most certainly finding it to be less inconvenient. However, the sound quality is definitely much better. It's smoother or something; like butter.
As for using Audio Creation Mode (Bit-Matched Playback, specifically) with dvd movie playback, I don't know of any dvd playback media players other than Windows Media Player that has a built-in Graphic EQ. I use PowerDVD which kills Windows Media Player, so I'll still be using Entertainment Mode for dvd-movies.
Anyway, that's as much as I know about it right now. However, I imagine that this thread will become a wealth of information.