Hey Nameless, been a long time since I posted in this thread.
Just a quick recap, but I bought the PC360 headset on your recommendation and when I first got it, I was disappointed with it. However, that was just initially. It took a while for it to "warm up" or seat itself, whatever.. but it's probably the best headset I've ever owned, so I'm not disappointed with it anymore. But I don't think I'm getting the most from it or my soundcard (to be specific).
I remember talking to you about audio card settings and such (you have an x-fi ti hd, I have an x-fi ti fatal1ty pro) but I think the cards are very close together that whatever settings you use in your console, I could use.
So, I've been running with headphones set in the audio console, but 5.1 speakers for windows 7. I've also been using dolby digital live as my encoder. It was okay, but I found that I had to use SVM mode (the low and high volume equalizer) and I don't like using it. Mostly because for music I have to uncheck it but when I play planetside 2, I like to have it checked as I can hear footsteps/cloakers better which helps me track them down.
Today, I thought I'd mess around with DTS Neo:PC and when I check this off and select either cinema or music mode, I find that I can no longer use the x-fi cmss-3d headphone as it will then un-enable DTS Neo:PC. In other words, they seem to be mutually exclusive. I hopped into PS2 and I couldn't hear footsteps as well, or cloakers but the positional cues and sounds I heard were amazing. I was actually able to predict near pinpoint where guys were when they were firing guns or driving/flying vehicles. So.. naturally, this seems to be the setting I'd like to use.
My question to you basically, is what settings do you use? Also, I looked at my soundcard and compared it to the x-fi ti hd and the features seem to be near identical (except for a couple that don't really seem to interest me). Should I look into getting another soundcard (either the ti hd or asus xonar?). I ask because I don't want to spend $150+ getting a new soundcard and only a 1% or negligible increase in performance/quality.
Are there some settings I'm using improperly? I understand that my ability in hearing is different from yours, and different from everyone else's, but I'm really curious how you have your card configured that gives you (in your opinion) such great audio. I'd just hate to have this good equipment and be using it improperly and not reaping the benefits of my investments. Especially if I've been listening in stereo and no 3d positional audio.
Thanks if you respond, or just reading basically. Again, been loving the thread.
Oh, that reminds me, you have a link on your front page to a "Daniel K x-fi support pack". What is this, and do I need it? I'm running the latest x-fi driver (2.17.9) and I'm just not sure what the support pack actually does. Looks like it installs some 2.17.0000008 beta driver or something? Is that a step backwards, or something I should install anyway? Again, thanks