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Creative Audigy 2 ZS question

post #1 of 21
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I have a question regarding the Creative Audigy 2 ZS soun card I have.

 

card.jpg

 

It has digital out (the first on the left, it's a jack, not RCA/coaxial), but I have no clue if it's optical (mini toslink) or not (metal jack plug). Honestly, I've never heard about a metal jack plug for S/PDIF, but then again take al look over here:

http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=3026 (click on the third 'more' button and then on the two 'Digital Out Jack' sections)

 

I've googled it, I've checked the manual, but I simply can't find it! I suspect it's a metal plug, so if I want to connect it to another device with digital in, I think I need to find a cable that goes from a jack to coaxial RCA. Is this correct? Anybody with experience with this sound card (or another Audigy series card, some/most of them have the same connections)?

 

Thanks in advance for the help!


Edited by EDP - 6/2/11 at 10:34am
post #2 of 21

It's just a regular coax jack in 3.5mm form.

 

Well if you weren't sure, why didn't you just try it?  You're not going to blow anything up or damage anything.

 

Just buy a regular 3.5mm to single RCA cable.

Nothing special.

post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by sizzlincok View Post

It's just a regular coax jack in 3.5mm form.

 

Well if you weren't sure, why didn't you just try it?  You're not going to blow anything up or damage anything.

 

Just buy a regular 3.5mm to single RCA cable.

Nothing special.

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Is the above what you mean (the above, or a direct cable from a single jack to a single male rca would both work, I guess)? What I find very strange are the images on the Creative website (in the first post of this thread) show a different jack! See below:

 

soundcard18.jpgsoundcard19.jpg

 

I find these images very strange, because they suggest that their digital out is not simply coaxial, but multi-pole (the left image says front spdif and rear spdif, the right has even 3 poles and a ground!!). The manual of the card contains this image:

digital.png

 

It gives me the feeling that their digital out is for some special digital in on some speakers/amps with more than only 1 pole + ground.............. Stupid Creative design? Or is this normal?

post #4 of 21

You're asking too much questions! You're just going to confuse yourself even more!

Simply put, Creative is dumb. This guy made better drivers for all the X-Fi cards, and Creative even created a fuss over it and wanted to sue the guy.

The better drivers allow better sound quality and what not. Way better than stock provided by creative.

 

The digital I/O jack is meant for a Digital I/O dongle that you purchase separately. 

Without it, the jack functions as a regular digital out. 3.5mm jack to single RCA. There's nothing else that falls under 3.5mm to single RCA. It is what it exactly means.'

 

Your last picture is what exactly what it is.

 

This is the I/O dongle that plugs directly into the 3.5mm digital I/O jack on the card.

478501.jpg

 

post #5 of 21

Actually he didn't get the sue warnings til he started taking donations for doing the mods. They let him make the driver mods even let him make the threads for them on the forum. Most people think creative did it for no reason. You would do the same thing if some one started to take donation for your own coding. The donations is prolly what got him in trouble,Other then him making DD live mods for all creative cards from prelude drivers and that unlocker he had which nearly got auzentech in trouble by dolby them self. Ever thing seem to go down hill when he started the donations even if the donations was optional. He still had a way for those to donate to him. I pretty sure it what made creative get pissed off at him,Other then the driver hacks and unlockers for dolby Digital encoder that he did.

 

 

 


Edited by genclaymore - 6/3/11 at 7:19am
post #6 of 21

Well, that's what I meant. It's a shady thing, but at least the custom drivers are still coming out! :D

post #7 of 21

It's a good thing that currently there are three distinct modded driver sources, with slightly different purposes between each one of them.

post #8 of 21

^ What do you prefer? I prefer the PAX drivers as I've always been using them. Never really looked into the others.

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post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by sizzlincok View Post

^ What do you prefer? I prefer the PAX drivers as I've always been using them. Never really looked into the others.



It really depends on what one uses their soundcard. Given that right now I only have USB DACs, kX is out of the question. I used an older version of PAX, but after an argument with the developer, I soon realized that it wasn't for me, or more specifically for my card. Overall, PAX is better for PCI/PCIe cards that plan on gaming. kX for audio only, but they're not compatible with X-Fi based cards, and Daniel K's are alright, at least up until the point that he was hired by Creative, which was the time when I stopped following further developments from him.

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

What custom drivers are these you refer to? I heard about them, but never thought there was so much about them. Especially if they're 'better' (better meaning better SQ), I'd like to find out more about them!

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by EDP View Post

What custom drivers are these you refer to? I heard about them, but never thought there was so much about them. Especially if they're 'better' (better meaning better SQ), I'd like to find out more about them!



Which Creative card do you have?

 

There are different releases by different modders, and not everyone works on all kinds of cards.

post #13 of 21

I tried to use KX my self but it got annoying to use with the bunch of different output selections that was listed. I normally use pax drivers.

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

I see there's PAX and KX drivers for the Audigy 2 ZS I have. Which is better. Is it a question of hearing and judging myself? Is it easy te remove them to test which I like best?

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by EDP View Post

I see there's PAX and KX drivers for the Audigy 2 ZS I have. Which is better. Is it a question of hearing and judging myself? Is it easy te remove them to test which I like best?



Like I said before, there are three different modded drivers out there, and I asked for which Creative card you have. Now that you finally said you have that Audigy 2 ZS, I would recommend you trying kX drivers, as they do have some edge on SQ alone. But if you require any of the Creative DSP features, use either PAX drivers or drivers by Daniel K.


Edited by Roller - 6/5/11 at 4:15pm
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