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post #1 of 17
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I just got this baby! woooo, this is my very first high end sound card and I don't know what I should do in terms of getting the best out of the card.

What drivers to use?

What settings to use for speakers and my hd555 headphones?

What else do I need, school me great audiphile gurus!
post #2 of 17
Set everything to default with no EQ. Use default gain for your headphones. Done?

There is really no way to get the "best" out of that card. You can adjust some settings and see if it works for you but I like sound cards best when there are no EQs and hence the lowest likelihood for distortion.
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post #3 of 17
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Make sure when listening to music to use 2 channel. 2.0 or 2.1 if you're using a 2.1 speaker set up.

Headphone/2 channel when using the 555s.

Play with the EQ and see what sounds best to you. If your equipment is good enough you may not need to change the EQ at all.
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post #4 of 17
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will the STX allow me to have save two different settings for when I use my speakers or when I use my headphones?
post #5 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by phaseshift;13208158 
will the STX allow me to have save two different settings for when I use my speakers or when I use my headphones?

Yes, if you mean the EQ. If you mean pressing a single button and changing 2channel/headphone/2.0 etc then no.
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post #6 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca;13208221 
Yes, if you mean the EQ. If you mean pressing a single button and changing 2channel/headphone/2.0 etc then no.

The EQ yes but what about like the DSPs and such?
post #7 of 17
Just to add: You will also want to match the sample rate with the audio source to avoid any resampling e.g. 44,100 Hz when listening to FLAC or CD's.
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post #8 of 17
Make sure you set the gain accordingly to your headphones needs. You can do some serious damage to them otherwise.
post #9 of 17
You can only have 1 DSP on at a time. So you just press the button for whatever DSP you want. I personally recommend you stay away from all DSPs except the "HF" button. They all sound crappy to the max.
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post #10 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostcase;13208398 
Make sure you set the gain accordingly to your headphones needs. You can do some serious damage to them otherwise.

how do I know what grain to use for my headphones hd555? and do I have to set it again when I switch to speakers?
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