Mmmm... maybe try using the optical output with Stereo Direct if your equipment can support it - not that 192 kHz is officially supported by spdif, so that high of sample rate might not work... 24 bit 96 kHz should work on almost all optical spdif equipment.
I don't know if Stereo Direct simply turns off the DSP effects or somehow totally bypasses them so the real difference is the DAC used on the card to get the 192 KHz output is different than the normal ones... again an issue with routing and/ or buffering audio for a different analog output - it must also bypass the card/ drivers channel mixer because it forces Windows into Stereo full-range mode instead of 5.1 mode... but still, it's probably an analog output issue.
I have used Stereo Direct once or twice in Battlefield V earlier this year to try the game's Headphone Surround mode, and I didn't have any audio issues... again... I'm using optical output.
Exclusive mode bypasses audio processing effects and the Windows audio mixing. At 100% volume, it can provide bit perfect audio. Basically, it "takes control" of the audio device and audio from other programs isn't heard.
Windows 10 has implemented more "forgiving" versions of exclusive mode... like releasing control to other programs when there is no audio from the "exclusive moded" program...
MS keeps changing their audio stack here and there just enough to break drivers that haven't been updated in a few years.
Throughout all the divers and OSs my card has seen (used SBz OEM off ebay), I've never had issues... but I've always used optical output. Issues with channels changing locations and audio breaking up seem to stem from the cards analog output.
The new cards from Creative still use the same silicon chip as the Recon3D and SBz (as it's a somewhat generalized, programmable DSP)... they just changed the software and analog output section.
That's why I haven't updated... its the same silicon with slightly different processing. Since I only use digital out, analog improvements are pointless to me.
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