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What are the best settings to get the most out of my new sound card for gaming?

I was going through the settings and can't quite seem to get them to work on the DTS interactive. What is that and is it going to be better than the PCM? How come it is not working?
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Anyone have a good set of settings for the card to top out game performance? I haven't really been able to find anything for this card with regards to this.

Oh I forgot to add, I am using my new AT-700s for listening with on this card. I am just wanting to try and get the best performance but I am not sure exactly what settings and everything I should be setting up to get the best sound out of the card.
Edited by nlraley - 12/31/09 at 10:00am
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The most efficient way to find out is what sounds best to you,Open up the Audio Center and try different combinations until you like what you hear..

PCM 192KHz and play around with channels and the mixer...
Edited by sosikwitit - 12/31/09 at 10:03am
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Should I keep it at 7.1 surround sound?
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Some people consider that default settings are ok, but you should try making combinations.
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Should I keep it at 7.1 surround sound?
If you have a 7.1 set up yes, if you a stereo setup you should use 2 speakers. If you set 7.1 when you have 2 speakers the music will be chopped up and bad. There is a common misconception that when it comes to gaming, 7.1 is needed to hear enemies and the like and where they are, that's EAX's job so turn the 'GX' button and enjoy.
Edited by SilverPotato - 12/31/09 at 4:39pm
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Should I keep it at 7.1 surround sound?
Sweet Jesus, Forgot about this thread and closed window

Like Potato has already said, Choose your setup in the Asus software accordingly,Headphones or 2.1 or 7.1...
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I use the Razer Tiamat 7.1 heaset with mine and I have to have Flexbass [ON] to get the appropriate bass response when "in-game." I changed my sample rate to PCM 192KHz for best quality. But so far I like most of the default settings. I do miss the "Party" equalizer setting from my old on-board sound card because it emphasized the Highs and Lows without losing the Mids. I've tried to replicate it on this sound card's EQ but the sound always gets distorted and fuzzy. It seems that I get the best quality from preset EQ settings but I don't like any of the pre-sets on this card. I don't know if i'm just used to my old setup but when I changed my settings, I immediately fell in love with them. I have not been able to find that setup yet with this sound card. I have tried to change many of the other settings but most of them I do not notice a difference so I revert back to the default settings to keep things simple. One thing I do notice is that when I turn [HF] on I lose all bass. I also do not see a difference with the [GX] mode. I run my headset in 7.1 mode because they are a true 7.1 headset meaning that have 5 individual drivers(speakers) in each can. It's a great headset, it has its ups and downs though and I would only recommend it to someone with a dedicated sound card. Even if your mobo has a 7.1 built-in sound adapter, you will not get adequate results. One major issue I had with my on-board sound adapter was that it was feeding coil whine from my CPU to my headset which led me to buying this sound card which did fix my issue. Many people stated the buzzing issue was a USB grounding issue and that connecting to a AC to USB wall adapter would fix it. After later diagnostics I noticed the pitch of the buzzing to change when my CPU was under different loads and resorting to blaming coil whine for the buzzing in the headset.
So all in all, I have found the Default settings to be perfectly fine because I do not notice any difference in games or music when tempering with the major settings. If anyone knows anymore about this card and could explain the differences in settings I believe everyone, especially the OP would love to understand a little more about this card, including me.
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