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Setup:

2 speakers + 1 separate sub woofer. The 2 speakers are normal PC speakers and the sub has RCA cables plugged into the center ports, then out to a RCA to 3.5 mm converter jack, then into the PC via 3.5mm. The speakers are in the green and the woofer in the black port.

I also use headphones when I game.

Sound cards:

Mobo (sig rig) onboard and Creative SB Audigy SE/LS/Value SB0570.

I've been using just the Audigy SE since Ive had this PC. I tried reading the Audigy manual, but it wont open right.

Also, I've had my settings on the Audigy as this: 4/4.1 setup w/ CMSS-3D enabled. Just now I found out why 2/2.1 was sound odd, CMSS-3D was enables, however the sub does not output any in either port. So should I do 2/2.1 or stay at 4/4.1 for general/media use or other?

What about gaming? I use my HD 280s when I game since they're my only pair, so should I enable CMSS-3D and 7.1, for virtual surround sound?

Audio output quality is set to: 96Hz sample rate and 24 bit depth.

As a side note, I tried using the orange port for the sub, but I do not get little to no bass at all, but it works great in the black port.

Another question, it says there is a headphone detection option, how does that work...? Is there a different port for my headphones and is it worth enabling?

Also, is this a real program for my sound card? It was on creatives website;


Thanks a bunch! I will be checking this frequently, so fee free to ask questions!
Edited by pLuhhmm - 4/2/11 at 1:51am
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post #2 of 4
Sample Rate:44.1 or 48khz. That's what music is recorded in. No purpose in upscaling it.

You should be using 2.1 always. Never change it to 4.1 or 7.1 Those require 4 speakers and 7 speakers which you're not using. You should also have it set to 2 channel.

You don't get "Surround" by changing it to 4.1 or 7.1

For HD280s, you should have it set to 2 channel and headphone or 2.0

Typically people tend to like having CMSS-3D off and the crystalizer off and anything else pretty much off.
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What about the "Headphone detection" option? Also, more opinions are welcomed!
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Headphone detection just means if you have speakers playing and you plug in the headphones, it'll detect that you're now using headphones and mute the speakers. IMO, a pretty dumb feature, but someone will make use out of it.

You should upgrade sound cards btw.
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