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self bump, sorry.

It's not worth playing with the EQ/sound setting on an onboard. Either leave it at default or choose whatever sounds good to you.
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Originally Posted by FearSC549;12063421 
It's not worth playing with the EQ/sound setting on an onboard. Either leave it at default or choose whatever sounds good to you.

^^^This. It's basically up to your tastes, but before I got my E7 I used only "powerful" in the realtek settings for the same reasons you stated. Everything else I left at off or "none".
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;12051567 
What is the best EQ setting for Sennheiser HD 555s in the Realtek Audio Manager. I mostly play FPSs and listen to music. (Gaming is more important.)

Also, is there a best choice for audio settings in-game?


EDIT: Well while I've got this thread open, anybody want to recommended a pci-e sound card thats good for gaming?

EDIT: No more sound card talk please.

Well, I personally would disable Realtek's special effects AND set Realtek's EQ to be flat. I simply don't trust Realtek to get anything right. For example, see this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/870198-left-ear-pops-windows-7-file.html

And driver settings seems like the wrong place to tweak your sound. The sound card properties would be the last place I would look into to set the eq. The application that you use should have the necessary audio settings. And in general, good headphones do not need EQ. The better headphones are, the flatter their frequency response. Give your headphones a break in period of a month or so, and the decide if you need any EQ. I would certainly recommend the HD555 foam mod that's documented in many places on the web.

What FPS game do you play? Look in its audio options and see what's there. A lot of games support 44Khz sampling rate. Enable that if you have it. Also, if your games support directional sound without a CMSS-3D sound card, then make sure its turned on. For music, try to use lossless audio formats, ripped with a reputable ripper like EAC, unless you buy digital music online. Using quality, high bit rate or lossless, music files will improve a lot more than trying to use EQ to improve crappy mp3 files.
Edited by ZAKOH - 1/19/11 at 12:35am
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the soundmax equaliser is useless (from my on experiebnce, i use equalisers ALOT. this one is just rediculous). make sure you have "loudness equalisation" turned off, (little tick box in sound effects tab, if we have the same thing =/ ). i fyou really want your sounds to sound.. different.. try out this little program called SRS HD Audio Lab. that things a BEAST. i promise you it'll transform your listening experience wink.gif
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edit: realtek (still used to my old system ¬_¬)
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;12051653 
Well, I have it on "Powerful" now, I notice when I have it off all together, everything is too quiet and I have to have the volume at 90% minimum to have a good listening volume. I have it plugged into my front audio port instead of the back. I also have "Headphone Virtualization" on.

The last time I tried to mess with Realtek stuff, enabling things like "bass boost" and others (maybe they have different names now) did seem to make the output less efficient. That is, there was a slight volume drop. That's why I suggest not to mess with Realtek options. Headphone virtualization is probably meant to apply some kind of surround sound effects to music. You don't need that in driver. Foobar2000 supports music playback with surround effect, with either Dolby Headphone or Andrew Labs DSP plugins. The Andrew Labs plugin exists for at least one more package (I think win amp). You don't need sound virtualization for movies, because it's built into most DVD player software, and it almost certainly has no positive effect on games. There is no way to produce fake surround sound for games. You don't need an illusion of a fake sound stage in games. You need to hear where exactly the sounds are coming from. Games should have their own provisions for directional sound, either using CMSS-3D or something else. Unfortunately, CMSS-3D APIs are implemented in hardware only, on ASUS or Creative cards only.

Set everything flat and wait until the headphones break in, if they are brand new. If after that you still find it that you have to set volume at 90% of volume, that is an indication that you have a crappy on-board sound, and nothing will fix it. In that case, just get something better.

Just FIY, my laptop have Realtek ALC 269 chip (I think), and I have no issues with volume. Most of the time, my windows volume level setting is at 50% or less, and I use HD555 headphones too.
Edited by ZAKOH - 1/19/11 at 1:03am
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Originally Posted by LemonMeringueTy;12051653 
Well, I have it on "Powerful" now, I notice when I have it off all together, everything is too quiet and I have to have the volume at 90% minimum to have a good listening volume. I have it plugged into my front audio port instead of the back. I also have "Headphone Virtualization" on.

Oh one more piece of advise, plug your headphones directly into sound card's headphone port. Sennheiser HD555s have a long, shielded cable, so I see no problem with that. The problem with front ports is that they are usually connected to the sound card using the thinnest, flimsiest kinds of cables, the kind that are susceptible to the electromagnetic interference from other PC devices AND power loss (thicker wires transmit power more efficiently). So try that and see how it goes. Sometimes plugging headphones directly into sound card's connector makes a night and day difference.
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