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I currently own the ATH-A700 headphones, and an asus Xonar D1 audio card. I mostly play Source games, and was wondering what the best possible settings would be in the area of driver configuration and possibly ingame configuration.

I currently have 8 channels, PCM 192 KHZ, 7.1 virtual speaker shifter, and dolby headphone enabled. While also having the highest possible quality setting in the official windows sound configurations.
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I don't think there's any point going over 44.1Khz, most games are that or below and usually compressed in some way. I'm not sure the virtual speaker shifter does much either, for me its 6 channels and DolbyHeaphone on the middle room size, I switch between headphone and external 5.1 though - if I didn't I'd prolly go 8 channel with 7.1 in windows and the game.
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Just go with 44.1 or 48kHz with the number of speakers you use.
If you use headphones, use the 2.1 settings instead of "headphones".
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You lose a bit of sound quality with the 8 channel surround just because your processing 5 different channels per speaker. Why? Are you not impressed with them?
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You lose a bit of sound quality with the 8 channel surround just because your processing 5 different channels per speaker. Why? Are you not impressed with them?
first of all I clearly stated that I own headphones at the moment, second of all I would appreciate if you rephrased your sentence, you are asking too broad of a question.
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If you are plugging the phones directly to the card, set it to 6 channel audio, 96khz sample rate, analog out to headphone, and Dolby Headphone. Then adjust room size to taste. Also make sure your game is set to 5.1 out too, and your playback device is configured to 5.1.
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Originally Posted by Genkaz92 View Post
first of all I clearly stated that I own headphones at the moment, second of all I would appreciate if you rephrased your sentence, you are asking too broad of a question.
Topic sentence: audio quality.
You are not happy with your current set up?

You have 2.0 setup (i.e. headphones). You are asking for a 2.0 system to playback a 8 speaker set up (i.e. 7 speakers, 1 sub; 7.1). The complexity of sound will cause too many "lay-overs" for 2 speakers to handle and thus cause your overall sound quality to diminish. That is a response to why your sound quality isn't satisfactory enough.

In other words, there isn't much else you can do except run it under a 2.1 set up (in your driver settings and windows) with the 3D effects turned off.


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Originally Posted by ericld View Post
If you are plugging the phones directly to the card, set it to 6 channel audio, 96khz sample rate, analog out to headphone, and Dolby Headphone. Then adjust room size to taste. Also make sure your game is set to 5.1 out too, and your playback device is configured to 5.1.

Nice response. +rep.
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