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07-22-2019 06:59 PM
umeng2002
Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ View Post
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."
07-22-2019 03:36 PM
EarlZ 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.
07-22-2019 07:02 AM
umeng2002
Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ View Post
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.
07-22-2019 06:42 AM
EarlZ
Quote: Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post
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 ?
07-16-2019 08:17 PM
umeng2002 I've always used my SBz with and external DAC. I have it purely for the DSP functionality.
07-15-2019 10:14 PM
EarlZ I am not sure if I should keep my SBZ or get a dedicated DAC,I am looking at the Topping DX3 Pro and I am wondering if they are also suitable for gaming in terms of stereo sound imaging or is the SBZ still better for that ? I am using an active bookshelf speaker.
07-04-2019 07:41 PM
EddWar Is there a good replacement of the volume control?
07-01-2019 09:05 AM
AzzKickr
Quote: Originally Posted by sngbird View Post
Don't know if it's the same, but here you go to SBZ DVD official driver: https://www.mediafire.com/file/k2j8f...ivers.rar/file
Thank you for this already ! Downloading..

In the meantime: still looking for a confirmed, legit, full ISO of the original disc. Many thx in advance.
06-27-2019 09:27 AM
sngbird
Quote: Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post
OK, well it's doing that because you're also using Dolby Digital Live, that takes the "Speakers" output and encodes it to a DD signal and sends it out over optical. Remember, Dolby and DTS encoding is a lossy compression.

When you're not using Dolby or DTS encoding, you need that "play stereo mix over optical" option enabled. Yes, it's only stereo, but all the SBX effects works, so it great for headphone surround with an external amp - lossless PCM stereo signal.
I need DDL/DTS because of 5.1 audio, my HT have only SPDIF IN.
06-26-2019 05:59 PM
umeng2002
Quote: Originally Posted by sngbird View Post
I don't know how and why but yes, for example, eq makes a big difference in my sounds through optical connection and this option are still disabled, see in the video.



See

https://youtu.be/v3m89quBacg
OK, well it's doing that because you're also using Dolby Digital Live, that takes the "Speakers" output and encodes it to a DD signal and sends it out over optical. Remember, Dolby and DTS encoding is a lossy compression.

When you're not using Dolby or DTS encoding, you need that "play stereo mix over optical" option enabled. Yes, it's only stereo, but all the SBX effects works, so it great for headphone surround with an external amp - lossless PCM stereo signal.
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