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I need help setting up the Auzentech Forte X-Fi Soundcard.(First sound card ever)

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Hi all, This is my first real soundcard I've ever owned and I am loving it so far but I need some help setting everything up and correctly. (Using logitech z2300 2.1 and about to get in Audio Technica ATH-M50's my first audiophile headphones)

At the moment my sample rate is set at 44100hz, does it need to be set at 192000hz or 48000hz/96000hz? Is there any difference?

Do you guys prefer to use X-Fi Crystalizer/X-Fi CMSS 3D? Could this cause audio to crackle if i use too much of this stuff together along with an EQ and bass/treble turned up?

Do you have to setup settings for your sound system AND headphones seperately? if so what would be good for both?

 

Just looking for some tips and opinions, i want to get the most out of my soundcard and could just use some really good help :)

post #2 of 6

i can't stand the crystalizer, i have read some like it. it makes highs way too harsh for me.  i do really like cmss-3d.  it took some time comparing it at great lengths to dolby headphone, in the end i love it for online gaming and am growing to like it with some of my music.  i would leave teh sample rate at 44100 to prevent upsampling.

 

i do change settings in the audio control panel when i switch between headphones and speakers, but i not much.  i would highly recommend playing with this stuff, it's all very subjective.

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Ok, thanks man. I like the crystallizer abit but thats because my speakers are not high quality so it helps them alot to get out that clear sound( I only have it on 15% though, definitely not going to overpower it and make it sound fake)

post #4 of 6

i have a pretty similar card (prelude), and to me it sounds best in audio creation mode with bit-matched playback turned on. this will disable most of the sound enhancing features like CMSS and Crystalizer which are pretty worthless IMO and give you unaltered sound. It also gives you the ability to modify which channels go to which speakers and profiles which can be handy. I have a surround profile that clones the left and right signal to 5.1 for surround music, and then another set up in 2.1mode for Headphones.

 

Make sure you have the newest drivers, those auzentech guys love to add in extra features like DTS over time. If you are like me and useless background processes annoy the hell out of you, you can safely disable ctxfihlp.exe.

 

Depending on your preferred music player you might want to look into either asio or kernel streaming through a plug-in. But as Wadec said this stuff is all subjective play around with it. its half of the fun.

post #5 of 6
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i really want to use audio creation mode and i tried it but entertainment and game mode sound better for games and music but this is probably because I don't understand how to configure it. It's pretty advanced. Alot of people i see recommend audio creation mode for everything.

post #6 of 6

I use audio creation for everything, mostly because Im too lazy to toggle modes, Stick with whatever sounds the best for you. But If you would like ill take a screenie of all my settings when i get the chance.

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