Has anyone noticed windows sound settings reverting from 5.1 to 2.1 speakers randomly ? I am not sure whats doing it... really annoying. Also sometimes on restarting my speaker balance is thrown off, I usually keep everything maxed, but after restarts left and right front channels end up at 67, while everything else will remain at 100.
I'm also wondering if it's even worth it to bother with X-Fi anymore, 99% of games I play are newer ones with pre-mixed surround audio, so I am really considering switching to Dolby based stuff. How do x-fi / xonar dgx perform when it comes to software rendered binaural techs ?
Windows speaker settings never switch up on me like that, but volume resetting to a particular percentage in Headphones mode has been a quirk of X-Fi drivers for all cards other than the Titanium HD. I'm not sure why.
In software-mixed games where all you get is virtual 7.1 at the max anyway, they both perform about equally, just that CMSS-3D Headphone emphasizes treble a bit while Dolby Headphone emphasizes bass. Both are much, much better than playing in stereo, at least for me.
I don't doubt it, that's why I'm looking into this. My thoughts are that if the 3d ability is equal, then better sound quality becomes the most deciding factor, and if that is close, than other features become the decision maker. I had heard some comments that the SQ of the HD series was not so great.
They're certainly not coming from me. I have no complaints about the Titanium HD's analog output in its stock state.
Sound presentation-wise, with EQ, bass boost, and other such features off, it even seems to have a bit more bass punch than Auzentech's X-Fi offerings (Prelude and Forte), which were already no slouch in that department. Nothing overpowering to utterly skew the overall frequency balance, but a slightly increased presence I noticed for sure.
This is with the default JRC 2114D/LME49710 opamp configuration. I once tried swapping the JRCs with LME49860s, but that resulted in the most horridly V-shaped frequency response I've heard in a long time, with exaggerated bass and treble notes along with insultingly recessed midrange.