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I've only tested it on Entertainment mode so far and wow.. and this is with the HD555s.. although bass with Crystalizer too high makes them crackle.. other than that I hear separate vocal tracks clearly now.. this is just amazing lol.. gonna plug in the 700s in a few
Finally..
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Im taking it your enjoying the fruits of your labor OP ?
Im glad this worked out. Seriously, a page abck I thought it was a OMG*** moment of failure .
His labor? This is 5 pages of my anxiety >:L

Just kidding. Glad you're finally hearing your headphones for what they were meant.
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Finally..


His labor? This is 5 pages of my anxiety >:L

Just kidding. Glad you're finally hearing your headphones for what they were meant.
I have to admit, I laughed . This was bugging me all day today, I kept thinking I had wasted someones hard-earned money. Glad to see this worked out.

When I ask for some Sound card help in a few months when it`s pc building crunch time, hopefully the thread won`t be an emotonal (and monetary) rollercoaster . Or lollercoaster if you feed on the others pain and frustration.
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Hey guys, update here. Although I haven't had a chance to game much ever since the windows 7 and x-fi titanium hd, I might get a chance tonight. From what I've tried so far, game mode with cmss-3d on, svm on and crystalizer at 100% sounds much better than with all those options off. 3d sound is more precise this way and I can tell when someone is running around the corner or reloading their weapon from a nice distance. I've tried entertainment mode and also audio creation mode and they don't do me justice when it comes to pinpointing where I hear in-game sounds. At least when it comes to my ad700s. Idk, I've had them over 3 years now.. Maybe they're dying. Idk why my hd555s sound better.. The thing I hate about my 555s is that I have to turn bass almost completely off because if not they'll make a huge rattle with distortion (if that makes sense). It sounds very staticky when there's bass.. I have to turn crystalizer off when using the hd555s.

Should I try the hd555 mod? Make them like the 595s? Or should I invest in a new pair of cans? I know the ad700s are the best for their value, but let's just say I didn't care about money, or had $300 to throw away on a pair of cans that will sound better. Better sound stage, and no leather padding (so uncomfortable). I mean I love the hd800s (idk how they would be for gaming) but they cost more than my monthly car payments and insurance put together.

In the mean time, I need some x-fi titanium hd settings that would sound best with either of these cans.
    
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Audio Creation Mode with bit-matched playback on for music.
Turn off the crystalizer. It is disgusting. It's the crystaliser that's distorting the sound, not the headphones.
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Svm off sounds fine on my hd555s, but if I turn it off for my ad700s the gunshots are so loud that they can cause deafness. that's why I always had it on. In CS:S awps an aks are ridiculously loud with svm off with my ad700s. Hd555s sound normal. Are My 700s broke? Why does svm off make gunshots too loud for comfort?
    
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Personally (didn't read op):

AD700s (100 bucks) + Zalman clipon mike from amazon is the best out there
 
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Svm off sounds fine on my hd555s, but if I turn it off for my ad700s the gunshots are so loud that they can cause deafness. that's why I always had it on. In CS:S awps an aks are ridiculously loud with svm off with my ad700s. Hd555s sound normal. Are My 700s broke? Why does svm off make gunshots too loud for comfort?
Turn SVM off. The reason that the AD700 sounds louder is because it has less resistance and perhaps higher sensitivity than the HD555 and therefore is louder when you apply the same amount of power to it (that's what the volume control actually is; it controls the amount of voltage drop on the headphone).

For all, I turn off CMSS, EAX, Crystallizer and SVM.
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So basically just lower the master volume when using the ad700s?

That sucks this also lowers footstep sounds and far away noises.

Also, this is unrelated, but this damn nvidia chipset doesn't allow me to overclock above 2.95GHz on my q6600 without causing the screech of death on my x-fi sound card. I thought it was a pci problem but it even happens on my new pci-e slot.

The screech of death occurs in games after about 3 minutes into gameplay. It doesn't always screech, sometimes the sound just drops down really low and sounds similar to when you're stunned by a flashbang.

Ive tried the pci latency tool, switching gfx slots, and nothing. Only lowering the CPU clock stops it from happening. Thank GOD it doesn't happen at stock speeds. Is this something I will have to deal with or is there a bios update idk about.

I have a p5n32-e sli mobo.
    
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So basically just lower the master volume when using the ad700s?

That sucks this also lowers footstep sounds and far away noises.

Also, this is unrelated, but this damn nvidia chipset doesn't allow me to overclock above 2.95GHz on my q6600 without causing the screech of death on my x-fi sound card. I thought it was a pci problem but it even happens on my new pci-e slot.

The screech of death occurs in games after about 3 minutes into gameplay. It doesn't always screech, sometimes the sound just drops down really low and sounds similar to when you're stunned by a flashbang.

Ive tried the pci latency tool, switching gfx slots, and nothing. Only lowering the CPU clock stops it from happening. Thank GOD it doesn't happen at stock speeds. Is this something I will have to deal with or is there a bios update idk about.

I have a p5n32-e sli mobo.
Dude, you're nitpicking. It's not going to kill you IRL if you hear one less guy walking around or firing his M416 about 500 yards away. Your motherboard is just an inherently bad overclocker. There's nothing you can do about that unless you upgrade.
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