Hey Guys, I'm new to the Audio scene and have been lurking in the forums here for the past few days.
First things first, I want to thank MadLust and Nameless for making this writeup. I'm now a proud owner of a Creative X-Fi titanium and A fresh pair of AKG Q701 headphones, moving up from onboard audio and a Razer Chacharias (sp?) headset. First time I listened through the q701's, it almost brought tears to my eyes--I've heard things in songs that I've never heard before. Just amazing. (thanks madlust for your review).
Now with that said, lets move on.
Nameless,I followed your setup guide for the X-fi Ti soundcard; set windows speakers to 7.1 and in the xfi control panel enabled game mode, disabled crystalyzer (should i keep that on or off for gameplay?) and enabled the cms3d stuff for headphone setup.
My Big question here is this, when i'm playing Video Games such as BF3, or BF4, should I enable surround or keep it stereo in the game menu? Better yet, should i do the same thing for every game i play?
Another question I have, my headphones are directly plugged into the back of the soundcard, and it is stupid loud. Like, i have to set the windows volume between 20-30/100 and even the games i need to pull down further in the windows sound mixer for my head not to explode with all that flurry of sound. What is up with that? Is that normal? or is there something seriously wrong with my setup?
especially with that said, I suppose i won't be needing an amp? right?
Anyway, thanks for the info.