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ok i am new to the sound cards as yall can see i have been rocking onboard for years... excuse my ignorance... for hardcore gaming/good music should i have SVM on? Dolby Digital Live? DTS Interactive? enable bass boost? enable EAX?

most improtantly XFI CMSS? or XFI crystlization?

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I don't know what half of those things are, but the answer is no. Use Audio Creation mode, check bit-matched playback and disable everything else. Make sure that your speakers are set to 2.1, cause you have 2.1 speakers and that your sample rate is set to that of your music (most likely) 44.1KHz. That is if you're trying to hear what the audio engineers wanted you to hear when they put together that recording. If you want to hear something that sounds good to you then feel free to go crazy.

All those 'features' are just fancy EQ settings to me.

btw SVM is this little gizmo that tries to balance out the volume of your music. So let's say you're listening to this piece that starts out quiet and then builds up, SVM will totally ruin it by making the quiet part louder and the louder part quieter.
Edited by cuad - 4/7/11 at 6:04pm
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Originally Posted by L337Something;13042536 
(felt this was appropriately another topic)
ok i am new to the sound cards as yall can see i have been rocking onboard for years... excuse my ignorance... for hardcore gaming/good music should i have SVM on? Dolby Digital Live? DTS Interactive? enable bass boost? enable EAX?

most improtantly XFI CMSS? or XFI crystlization?

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Meh, it's all about experimentation.

However, I can talk about some of those features:
  • SVM: I prefer to leave it off because I can hear when it kicks in, and it distracts me.
  • Bass Boost: my speakers have a frequency response of 25Hz - 20kHz, so I I set the bass boost to 30Hz (the next one down is too low at 20Hz), and I ended up settling on a 2dB boost. However, it's all about experimentation
  • EAX: experiment. Sometimes it's nice, and sometimes it isn't. It's especially bad for just music, movies and casual computing (err, it's only really good for games)
  • CMSS is horrible outside of games. Except, it's even bad in some games, so experiment
  • The Crystalizer is hated by some and loved by others. Personally, I love it! I settled on 73% in Game Mode, and 80% in Entertainment Mode


Still, experiment as much as you can with everything. Take things as high as they go, and then take them as low as they go, and then you'll end up with an even clearer understanding of what everything kinda does.
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Originally Posted by cuad;13042588 
I don't know what half of those things are, but the answer is no. Use Audio Creation mode, check bit-matched playback and disable everything else. Make sure that your speakers are set to 2.1, cause you have 2.1 speakers and that your sample rate is set to that of your music (most likely) 44.1KHz.

All those 'features' are just fancy EQ settings to me.

btw SVM is this little gizmo that tries to balance out the volume of your music. So let's say you're listening to this piece that starts out quiet and then builds up, SVM will totally ruin it by making the quiet part louder and the louder part quieter.


Do exactly what this post says...just make sure you set the sample rate at 24 bit, 44.1 hz.

Edit: Should have added this is for the purest audio possible (ie. no EQing, compression, etc.). It's for accurate audio. If you want a fun sound, experiment around as TwoCables mentioned.
Edited by _AKIMbO_ - 4/7/11 at 6:05pm
    
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akimbo where is the 44.1 hz put in cutoff frequency?
    
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akimbo where is the 44.1 hz put in cutoff frequency?
Do you have the Console Launcher?

(it's not a cutoff frequency tho)
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akimbo where is the 44.1 hz put in cutoff frequency?

It's not about cut off frequency.

Go to Audio Creation Mode > Settings > Clock > Select 44.1 from pull down list. Then right click on speaker icon in bottom right corner of windows taskbar > playback devices > Creative X-fi Speakers right click > Properties > Advanced > Select 24 bit, 44100 hz from pull down list.
    
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yea im at the volume panel where i can switch form game mode to eperience mode etc.. and have eq. and bass boost and EAX and crystalization options...
    
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Originally Posted by _AKIMbO_;13042741 
It's not about cut off frequency.

Go to Audio Creation Mode > Settings > Clock > Select 44.1 from pull down list. Then right click on speaker icon in bottom right corner of windows taskbar > playback devices > Creative X-fi Speakers right click > Properties > Advanced > Select 24 bit, 44100 hz from pull down list.

ok i backed it off one it was at 24bit, 44800hz is that normal? or better?
    
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Originally Posted by L337Something;13042756 
yea im at the volume panel where i can switch form game mode to eperience mode etc.. and have eq. and bass boost and EAX and crystalization options...
He's recommending that you try Audio Creation Mode. So, do this:
  1. Switch to Audio Creation Mode
  2. While in Audio Creation Mode, click the Settings button on the bottom left corner
  3. Select 44.1 kHz
  4. Switch to the Bit-Matched tab
  5. Enable Bit-Matched Playback
  6. Click Close
  7. In the giant blue area over by the volume knob, switch to the blue EAX tab
  8. Disable EAX
  9. Now see what you think of Audio Creation Mode

Unfortunately, you need to rely on your media player's graphic EQ settings. Game Mode and Entertainment Mode have their own EQ settings which affect everything you hear. So for that reason, I use Entertainment Mode for everything except games. However, I've been using Audio Creation Mode lately for listening to store-bought CDs while using Windows Media Player 12 with its built in graphic EQ.



Edit: I am referring to the Console Launcher (that is the program's name), not the Volume Panel!
Edited by TwoCables - 4/7/11 at 6:19pm
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