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I recently got the X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card and the Sennheiser HD595's.

Anyways, 225 bucks later, I'm curious how to set this up.

I've been messing with EQ settings, and I have found how I like my EQ during music, but not yet during in-game for CoD Black Ops.


I currently run my CMSS-3D Virtual Surround ON with both with MacroFX and Elevation on Auto.

I seem to like my Crystalizer best around 68-72%.


I need help with the equalizer so I can hear better from farther distances in game. Anyone experienced with X-Fi chips that would know how to tune my EQ?
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I recently got the X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card and the Sennheiser HD595's.

Anyways, 225 bucks later, I'm curious how to set this up.

I've been messing with EQ settings, and I have found how I like my EQ during music, but not yet during in-game for CoD Black Ops.


I currently run my CMSS-3D Virtual Surround ON with both with MacroFX and Elevation on Auto.

I seem to like my Crystalizer best around 68-72%.


I need help with the equalizer so I can hear better from farther distances in game. Anyone experienced with X-Fi chips that would know how to tune my EQ?
Usually, the best parts of the EQ to increase begin at 2k, and then go all the way up to the end at 16k. Here's an example:




But with those headphones, this might be too extreme (everything might be way too high - I'm not sure though). So, experiment with it a little bit.
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You have to tweak to your personal preferences really.

Rule of advice don't use the Crystalizer. It makes the sounds and music sound fake and artificial.
It really depends on what noises you want to hear. I would suggest turning down the lower frequencies to prevent the booms from grenades, rockets and guns firing from preventing you to hear foot steps.
    
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You have to tweak to your personal preferences really.

Rule of advice don't use the Crystalizer. It makes the sounds and music sound fake and artificial.
It really depends on what noises you want to hear. I would suggest turning down the lower frequencies to prevent the booms from grenades, rockets and guns firing from preventing you to hear foot steps.
For me, not using the Crystalizer reduces the overall clarity and it reduces that high-end sparkle, even with my insane EQ settings. But, I'm using Altec Lansing's VS4121BLKs too (just speakers).
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For me, not using the Crystalizer reduces the overall clarity and it reduces that high-end sparkle, even with my insane EQ settings. But, I'm using Altec Lansing's VS4121BLKs too (just speakers).
reasons to not use the Crystalliser:

http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/multim...tive-x-fi.html

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Thus, 24-bit Crystalizer will come in handy to owners of inexpensive acoustics or low end headphones, which automatically means insufficient LF and HF, as well as problems with medium frequency detailing. The good news for owners of high quality acoustics is that this technology can be easily disabled.
24-bit Crystalizer technology has a right to life, but the way this technology is announced with a portion of wishful thinking is disappointing. In reality, Crystalizer does not expand, but narrows down the dynamic range. It really uses 24 bits, but this is done only to avoid the rounding error accumulation (it's normal practice, no modern DSP works in the same resolution as the original data).
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reasons to not use the Crystalliser:

http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/multim...tive-x-fi.html
Yeah, well not everyone can afford good speakers. For example, I have Altec Lansing's VS4121BLKs. But please don't tell me to upgrade because with the way things are right now, I can barely afford a bag of chips (crisps).

I did extensive personal testing to see which audio features I like on and off as well as where I want each EQ frequency. It turned out that I strongly prefer the way everything sounds with Crystalizer set to precisely 83% for general listening, movies, and music. And for gaming, I like it a little bit lower at exactly 80%, but sometimes 75%.

But this doesn't mean that I don't get it. I definitely get it. But with my set up, I found my optimal settings. But now I imagine it would be an entirely different story if I had good speakers.

So this post is about my reasons to use Crystalizer.
Edited by TwoCables - 12/25/10 at 12:08am
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