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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.
06-26-2019 03:39 AM
sngbird
Quote: Originally Posted by Madmaxneo View Post
They shouldn't because you shouldn't hear anything through optical out if you don't check "Play stereo mix to digital output". If you are using optical out and hearing sound without checking that box then something is amiss....
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.

Quote: Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post
Are you sure your default audio device is still "speakers" and not the optical out? Every time I install the drivers, I need to check that for sound to go out over optical unless the SPDIF optical out is the default audio device.

The SBX Studio effects are only on the "speakers" device. The SPDIF optical out device is a 2-channel only without any effects.

There must be an internal routing from the "speakers" device to the "optical" device to get the SBX effects to go out over the optical port. That's what that option does.
See

06-25-2019 07:02 PM
umeng2002
Quote: Originally Posted by sngbird View Post
For me, sound effects works fine over optical out without checking this option.
Are you sure your default audio device is still "speakers" and not the optical out? Every time I install the drivers, I need to check that for sound to go out over optical unless the SPDIF optical out is the default audio device.

The SBX Studio effects are only on the "speakers" device. The SPDIF optical out device is a 2-channel only without any effects.

There must be an internal routing from the "speakers" device to the "optical" device to get the SBX effects to go out over the optical port. That's what that option does.
06-25-2019 06:55 PM
Madmaxneo
Quote: Originally Posted by sngbird View Post
For me, sound effects works fine over optical out without checking this option.
They shouldn't because you shouldn't hear anything through optical out if you don't check "Play stereo mix to digital output". If you are using optical out and hearing sound without checking that box then something is amiss....
06-25-2019 05:59 AM
sngbird
Quote: Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post
Yes, as long as you tick the "Play stereo mix to digital output" under the "Advanced Features" tab.

Keep the "Speakers (Sound Blaster Z)" as the default audio device, not the "SPDIF-Out (Sound Blaster Z)." Selecting the optical out as the audio device will bypass the processing effects.
For me, sound effects works fine over optical out without checking this option.
06-24-2019 09:41 PM
EarlZ
Quote: Originally Posted by umeng2002 View Post
Yes, as long as you tick the "Play stereo mix to digital output" under the "Advanced Features" tab.

Keep the "Speakers (Sound Blaster Z)" as the default audio device, not the "SPDIF-Out (Sound Blaster Z)." Selecting the optical out as the audio device will bypass the processing effects.
Thank you
06-24-2019 05:54 PM
umeng2002
Quote: Originally Posted by EarlZ View Post
Would the sound processing effects still work with optical out ?
Yes, as long as you tick the "Play stereo mix to digital output" under the "Advanced Features" tab.

Keep the "Speakers (Sound Blaster Z)" as the default audio device, not the "SPDIF-Out (Sound Blaster Z)." Selecting the optical out as the audio device will bypass the processing effects.
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