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post #14326 of 30681

Damn it, something's up with the Titanium HD drivers causing some nasty audio distortion out of the blue, I think.

 

*uninstalls Creative drivers and runs Titanium HD in driverless Windows HD audio device mode, distortion goes away*

 

Normally, this card works just fine...that was unexpected, to say the least. Too bad I'm stuck in old-fashioned one-dimensional stereo mode like this...but this would be a good time to evaluate a few games.

 

*fires up Battlefield: Bad Company 2, still finds the audio positioning as terrible as remembered, can't find an "enhanced stereo mode" option*

 

Yeah, I still don't get how anyone can get any semblance of directionality with that game's audio.

 

*fires up Battlefield 3, turns on enhanced stereo mode*

 

...Well, I'll be damned. A game with its own binaural mixing mode, no need for a sound card to mix it for you, and it actually doesn't suck! This whole time, I was thinking that BF3 was going to sound just as terrible as BF:BC2 (positionally speaking), and yet DICE did get their act together after all. Maybe there's hope yet for the Frostbite engine...regardless, I'll have to eat all my words on that one assumption.

 

I still wish they weren't trying to shove this Battlelog crap down our throats, though...

 

*goes back to reinstalling the Titanium HD's drivers*

post #14327 of 30681
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


That's how I feel as well. Two different kinds of awesome. The Annie is more balanced, the X1 is more fun. Both have their place, and both are special to me.

For most of my main music genres (which tend to rely on bass), the X1 is more ideal.

It's really apples vs oranges.

If you love the DT990 and want a natural evolution of those (meaning more refinement, more realistic, and considerably less treble fatigue aka way less bright), the X1 is what you want.

Also, the X1 goes lower/deeper, while the 990 is more mid bassy. I prefer lower/deeper bass (more rumble, less bass headaches).

So are you saying the X1 and DT 990 are relatively close in signature with the X1 being a refinement of that signature? I haven't heard the DT 990 in quite some time and just don't remember it at all. Also, could you talk a little more of your impressions with the X1's treble? Would you consider them V-shaped?

post #14328 of 30681
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Originally Posted by NamelessPFG View Post

Damn it, something's up with the Titanium HD drivers causing some nasty audio distortion out of the blue, I think.

 

*uninstalls Creative drivers and runs Titanium HD in driverless Windows HD audio device mode, distortion goes away*

 

Normally, this card works just fine...that was unexpected, to say the least. Too bad I'm stuck in old-fashioned one-dimensional stereo mode like this...but this would be a good time to evaluate a few games.

 

*fires up Battlefield: Bad Company 2, still finds the audio positioning as terrible as remembered, can't find an "enhanced stereo mode" option*

 

Yeah, I still don't get how anyone can get any semblance of directionality with that game's audio.

 

*fires up Battlefield 3, turns on enhanced stereo mode*

 

...Well, I'll be damned. A game with its own binaural mixing mode, no need for a sound card to mix it for you, and it actually doesn't suck! This whole time, I was thinking that BF3 was going to sound just as terrible as BF:BC2 (positionally speaking), and yet DICE did get their act together after all. Maybe there's hope yet for the Frostbite engine...regardless, I'll have to eat all my words on that one assumption.

 

I still wish they weren't trying to shove this Battlelog crap down our throats, though...

 

*goes back to reinstalling the Titanium HD's drivers*

Oh good! I'm glad you had a good experience with it. beerchug.gif

post #14329 of 30681
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

So are you saying the X1 and DT 990 are relatively close in signature with the X1 being a refinement of that signature? I haven't heard the DT 990 in quite some time and just don't remember it at all. Also, could you talk a little more of your impressions with the X1's treble? Would you consider them V-shaped?

Not exacty. I mostly mean that people who love the 990s and wish for some better mids and less treble should look into the X1. They are both open, bassy, energetic cans, with good soundstage. That's a rarity, which is why the comparison is valid, IMHO.

Despite its tilt towards bass, the X1 is pretty linear after the bass... . So I wouldn't necessary call it V-shaped. Maybe a hint more treble than mids, but not to the point of it being V shaped. Also, the treble rolls off quite quickly after the 10khz peak, meaning, it's not very fatiguing, and a lot of it is quite smooth. I noticed on some songs, some S sounds aren't as sparkly as others.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/15/13 at 1:05am
post #14330 of 30681

*reinstalls Titanium HD drivers, notices that there's an updated driver on Creative's site, installs that instead of the old beta driver update, distortion's gone*

 

That's a relief.

 

*makes a bit more progress in BF3*

 

Yeah, I'm still getting the impression that Enhanced Stereo Mode is legit, to the point where I don't even feel the need to turn on CMSS-3D Headphone...at least in singleplayer.

 

I don't want to venture out into multiplayer just yet. Not without a coordinated group of friends to back me up.

post #14331 of 30681
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The Pc version of BF3.... tell me WHY DAFUQ do I have to be online just to play? Jesus. And it I have to start the game through the browser?

SOOOO stupid.

Of course, the seriously wiitarded Battlelog is updating...
post #14332 of 30681

Hey, MLE, did you get your X1's at $299?

 

I noticed the price drop just now and they refuse to refund the $50 (I got them at 350 last week) and say I should return them for a full refund and re-order them at the new price. angry_face.gif

 

They said the policy is they will only refund if it is within 7 days of the delivery date and it has been 11 since I received mine. BS in my opinion... they are just hoping people will not want to go through the hassle of returning a perfectly good pair and getting a new one.

post #14333 of 30681
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I guess I have to call Amazon. It's been a day since delivery. $50 is $50. Lol.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/15/13 at 3:11am
post #14334 of 30681
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I guess I have to call Amazon. It's been a day since delivery. $50 is $50. Lol.

 

Lol... lucky you. I gotta return the damn things just to get my $50 frown.gif

post #14335 of 30681
Thread Starter 
Did it through their chat. $50 credited to my account. smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks for the heads up. Didn't expect them to drop the price that quickly.

$300 for the X1 is EXACTLY what I feel it should cost to compete with the mid-fi cans like the 880/990, HD600/650, Q701/K70x, etc.

Not gonna lie though, I'd have paid $400 for them. rolleyes.gif
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/15/13 at 3:19am
post #14336 of 30681
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Did it through their chat. $50 credited to my account. smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks for the heads up. Didn't expect them to drop the price that quickly.

$300 for the X1 is EXACTLY what I feel it should cost to compete with the mid-fi cans like the 880/990, HD600/650, Q701/K70x, etc.

Not gonna lie though, I'd have paid $400 for them. rolleyes.gif

 

No problem, lol. I'm just pissed I have to return them to get the difference refund.

 

This has me considering just getting the Annies back again... but I'm just loving the bass on the X1's for the genres I listen to tongue.gif

post #14337 of 30681
Thread Starter 
I'm considering getting the K712 Pro just to prove they are the same as the Annie... though honestly I can't afford it. I'm actually over my Amazon Store Card's limit, and will have to get under the limit by next pay period.
post #14338 of 30681
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BTW, Amazon is bringing jobs here, and next year, they're going to start charging state tax. frown.gif
post #14339 of 30681
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BTW, Amazon is bringing jobs here, and next year, they're going to start charging state tax. frown.gif

 

I thought it only depended on their warehouse locations?

post #14340 of 30681
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Yeah, that's what I mean. It was on a newspaper. They're coming here.
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