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People have compared Dolby Home Theater V4 with Dolby Headphone, and it's been said Dolby Home Theater v4 doesnt measure up.
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I have the Asus Xonar U7 incoming. They also have Dolby Home Theater V4 instead of generic Dolby Headphone. I can compare it to my Xonar U1 and to the memory of the Xonar STX then. I hope that it is not a step back for headphonr use.
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Generic? Lol.
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Why lol? Please qualify.
post #1565 of 3278
Ok, I meant original instead of generic. The term has different meanings in different languages.
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Hi all,

 

Awesome thread - bought myself an X-Fi Titanium HD and AKG K550s on the strength of it!

 

A question though - I've set things up as suggested in this thread CMSS-3d in game mode, creative speaker set up to headphones, windows to 5.1 - my problem is that Skyrim sounds way too quiet unless I enable SVM; otherwise the volume is fine for music and video - but I mostly use my set up for gaming...

 

Any ideas, or should I be using SVM?


Edited by dafadau - 6/19/13 at 1:36pm
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Hi I bought me a ASUS Xonar U7 external sound card last week. I am very impressed. Here is my review:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/xonar-u7-7-1-usb-soundkarte/reviews/9161

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dafadau View Post

Hi all,

 

Awesome thread - bought myself an X-Fi Titanium and AKG K550s on the strength of it!

 

A question though - I've set things up as suggested in this thread CMSS-3d in game mode, creative speaker set up to headphones, windows to 5.1 - my problem is that Skyrim sounds way too quiet unless I enable SVM; otherwise the volume is fine for music and video - but I mostly use my set up for gaming...

 

Any ideas, or should I be using SVM?

 

SVM reduces dynamic range, so quiet sounds and loud sounds are closer to each other volume-wise. I think it's more of a "set to taste" thing.

 

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Originally Posted by pietcux View Post

Hi I bought me a ASUS Xonar U7 external sound card last week. I am very impressed. Here is my review:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/xonar-u7-7-1-usb-soundkarte/reviews/9161

 

Hmmm, if DHTv4's headphone surround IS straight-up Dolby Headphone, and you clearly hear it as such, what settings in the Xonar U7 drivers would properly replicate DH1 and DH2 modes, especially given that the "surround" setting seems to be a percentage slider for whatever reason?

 

I've been curious about the Xonar U7 myself (mostly because Creative's USB devices are...rather lackluster, to say the least, and laptop gamers deserve something that rivals internal sound cards), but haven't felt like plunking down the dosh for one.

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I'm also interested in the U7, but only if Dolby Home theater can truly imitate Dolby Headphone Room 2. If it does, I'd buy it. The Recon3Di's settings having to be constantly adjusted is starting to irritate me like nothing else.

Reading the review, it seems that it is the same... I'm hoping.

Question, is there a simple Dolby on/off button? It'd make my life much easier...

The Recon 3Di's settings are just.... a tedious chore.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/17/13 at 11:14pm
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Yes there is such a button. Actually you have two interfaces, one for all the Xonar settings including Xear settings, which I found a bit off sounding, sampling and bit rate selection and gain selection for the headphone amp. And the second interface that has complete Dolby settings.

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If you unplug and plug the headphones back in, does it default back to two channel, or will the sound settings stick with 5.1 surround?

For example:



Everytime I unplug/plug in my headphones, it always defaults to 2 channel, which does not work properly when trying to do the soundcard's virtual surround.

That and if I switch from wanting to go from basic stereo to virtual surround, I ALSO have to switch here...



I had to save the presets...
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 6/18/13 at 2:46am
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Just tested it. Yes it keeps Dolby up and running if you unplug the headphone and then later replug it. It even keeps the settings after shutdown and reboot. At least with Windows 7. It also keeps the sampling rate and bitrate settings. Very good for headphone comparison, right?

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So, the game I play has FMODEx Middleware. It's difficult to find out more understandable information about FMODEx other than this thread. Based on that, would it be wiser to go Xonar or Soundblaster? 

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SDub View Post

So, the game I play has FMODEx Middleware. It's difficult to find out more understandable information about FMODEx other than this thread. Based on that, would it be wiser to go Xonar or Soundblaster? 

 

In that case, you choose based on whether you prefer CMSS-3D Headphone, Dolby Headphone, or THX TSP/SBX Pro Surround.

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Nameless pointed me in the direction of the X-Fi Titanium HD using CMSS-3D late last year and I couldn't been happier with it.

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