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post #5961 of 5992 (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 08:17 PM
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I've always used my SBz with and external DAC. I have it purely for the DSP functionality.

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I've always used my SBz with and external DAC. I have it purely for the DSP functionality.
That would be via optical right? Can you share how you have your SBZ software configured as sometimes I can get lost and not get audio, what I have noticed is that the volume is is now determined under "What you hear" and DD-Live Encoder is needed for audio even on 2.0 / 2.1 mode ?

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That would be via optical right? Can you share how you have your SBZ software configured as sometimes I can get lost and not get audio, what I have noticed is that the volume is is now determined under "What you hear" and DD-Live Encoder is needed for audio even on 2.0 / 2.1 mode ?
My setup is for headphones, so Windows is on default 5.1 configuration (so games and other software sends surround data to the card); but the SBz control panel is set to Headphones (so the surround data gets HRTF processed for headphone surround when enabled). Also, the "Play stereo mix to digital output" is checked under the Advanced Features panel.

For speakers, you don't need the encoder for stereo. But for surround speakers, you need to use an encoder since SPDIF is stereo only. "What you here" isn't needed for anything unless you want to record stuff... Maybe the encoders work off of the "what you here" feed, but I'm not sure.

If you use the encoder, you can't have your Mic App access disabled in the Windows 10 settings. I'm not sure if that "bug" ever got fixed, but last time I tried it, you couldn't globally disable mic access to Apps in Win 10.

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I'll give 'send stereo mix' a try, I will be running with a 2.1 system and will use the Topping DX3 Pro. By using digital stereo mix will that still allow me to use the DSP on the SBZ via optical?

I am not recording anything but I find it really strange that the volume is controlled under what you hear and the usual volume control just becomes an mute/unmute toggle.

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By using digital stereo mix will that still allow me to use the DSP on the SBZ via optical?
That's exactly what it's for.

I even have my "what you hear" volume muted since that can cause double audio in some situations. Your volume might be controlled by that since you haven't been using the "play stereo mix to digital output."

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I get the following results;
Speaker config on SBZ control panel is set to stereo
Play Stereo mix to digital output is ticked
No encoder
I get no audio with speaker selected as play back device but I do see the sound meter in windows move up and down and my Z5500 control pod is saying no digital data

Changing the encoder type to DD-Live / DTS gives me audio with What U Hear as the volume control.

Selecting Play Stereo mix to digital output seems to do nothing for me

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Make sure the SPDIF-Out volume is unmuted and all the way up in the Mixer panel. The SPDIF device cannot be disabled since it's being use to output the audio. make sure your speaker system is set to PCM and not DTS or DD.

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I think it's time to move from SBZ series to AE Series?
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I think it's time to move from SBZ series to AE Series?
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I think it's time to move from SBZ series to AE Series?
the Sound Blaster Z still works fine. Besides, how does the headphone surround of the AE series compare to the SBz line?

I got a SBz OEM from ebay for $30 years ago. I don't think creative makes a cheap AE card.

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