I bought the mixamp a long time ago after reading this thread and a few other positive posts and I have to say--I thought it sounded terrible.
My general impression was that it added a thick layer of reverb/echo effect to everything. In Fallout 3, for instance, when I would rechamber a round in my rifle outside, it sounded like I was inside a small concrete box.
I am in no way a fan of Creative, but when I compared DH to CMSS-3D, there was no comparison--DH heavily distorted the sound, while CMSS-3D (with EAX turned OFF) gave me a very believable sense of 360 degree immersion without the fake echo/cave effect. The only thing I did not like about it is that I felt like that it didn't have much LFE, but I didn't hear much low end from the mixamp either ...
What's the deal? Do others just not notice the echo/reverb? Did I have a "bad" mixamp?
I understand that there are different levels of DH, but from what I remember of the mixamp, you could not select different levels. Am I wrong?
Someone help me out here. What am I missing?
I notice the reverb, but I don't mind it and I think it adds to the ambience a bit. It's slightly smooths out the sound, but it's not that bad or too thick IMO. CMSS does sound drier but almost too dry IMO. Sound effects sound weird in headphones when they're that dry and separated (same reason I dont' like stereo). Its like looking at a photoshopped picture where everything has been cut out and pasted on a white background.
I hear a little more LFE from Dolby Headphone.
The mixamp is set to DH2, which is the medium amount of reverb/size, and you can't change it. DH1 is drier and sounds a bit more like CMSS, while DH3 sounds too echoey.
Edited by chicolom - 5/4/12 at 3:50pm