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post #3031 of 3042
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Originally Posted by Viceroy View Post
 

On the X-Fi Titanium HD, does CMSS-3D Headphone work fine if you use the RCA out?

 

Yes, the Titanium-HD can send processed CMSS-3D headphone surround sound thru it's RCA outputs.

post #3032 of 3042
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

 

In Windows, under Control Panel>Sound>Playback tab, it should give you the option that allows digital audio to pass thru the Titanium's optical port, while bypassing the Titanium's audio processor/features, I would assume it would fix the freezing issue.

Then when you want to use the Titanium features you just go back to the Playback tab and enable (Titanium Speaker) sound card output. 

 

That option does not exist under the regular Windows Sound Control Panel.  The closest thing I can find is within the Creative Audio Control Panel:

Creative Audio Control Panel>SPDIF I/O>Play Stereo Mix using Digital Output

I tried ticking that option,

 

then in foobar2000:

ASIO: Creative ASIO

WASAPI (event): SPDIF Out (Creative SB X-Fi)

WASAPI (push): SPDIF Out (Creative SB X-Fi)

All 3 of those output options will hard lock Windows. 

 

DS: SPDIF Out (Creative SB X-Fi) is the only output that doesn't lock up Windows, but that's the Direct Sound driver that does not bypass all windows and SB mixers.  

WASAPI (event): Speakers (Creative SB X-Fi) also works, but that doesn't bypass the X-Fi's DAC.

 

I think the X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) is not capable of working with ASIO or WASAPI drivers through its SPDIF Output port.  Odd thing is, I had a USB X-Fi Surround 5.1 (non-Pro) for a short while and the WASAPI driver did work over its SPDIF Output. 

 

At this point I've kind of given up on a minimal device setup which I wanted when I got the X-Fi Ti.  I originally wanted it to be X-Fi Ti> SPDIF out> Audioengine D1> Asgard 2> Headphones.  But since the WASAPI/ASIO SPDIF output is broken on the X-Fi Ti I have it setup like this now:

For gaming, it's X-Fi Ti 3.5mm output> splitter> Fiio E09k> headphones. 

For music, it's onboard Realtek SPDIF output> Audioengine D1> Asgard 2> headphones. 

 

Maybe I should post my WASAPI/SPDIF question in that other SB Z/ZX/ZXR thread instead of this thread.

post #3033 of 3042

I managed to get the Omni and give it a try.

 

First impressions: Quite good actually, seems like a much better overall purchase than U3 (Even though I still think U3 + E17 was not a bad idea either). The DAC/Amp included is quite impressive for the package, but not amazing. It feels like the amp is good enough for entry cases unless you wanna go further and add an extra amp. For my case, I think it's more than enough, considering I just have a 558 at this point, which really, doesn't do justice to what I will say about the amp.

 

As for the surround, it does seem to have a bit more clarity than DH. From what I found people describing DH compared to SBX, SBX seems to have a better preference for me. Having said that, I'm not sure if I'm even getting the settings correctly. I've been changing around on the settings and the surround still doesn't feel natural as I hoped it would be. I'll still play around though. If I'm not satisfied, VSS might not be a thing for me after all.


Edited by RXShadow - 7/25/14 at 3:31am
post #3034 of 3042
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Originally Posted by RXShadow View Post
 

I managed to get the Omni and give it a try.

 

First impressions: Quite good actually, seems like a much better overall purchase than U3 (Even though I still think U3 + E17 was not a bad idea either). The DAC/Amp included is quite impressive for the package, but not amazing. It feels like the amp is good enough for entry cases unless you wanna go further and add an extra amp. For my case, I think it's more than enough, considering I just have a 558 at this point, which really, doesn't do justice to what I will say about the amp.

 

As for the surround, it does seem to have a bit more clarity than DH. From what I found people describing DH compared to SBX, SBX seems to have a better preference for me. Having said that, I'm not sure if I'm even getting the settings correctly. I've been changing around on the settings and the surround still doesn't feel natural as I hoped it would be. I'll still play around though. If I'm not satisfied, VSS might not be a thing for me after all.


If your setting windows speaker settings to 5.1 as well as game's then your setting it correctly. If not then that's how you config it. Also SBX surround headphone options can be used thru the RCA output too which comes in handy for the reason you mentioned external amp's.

post #3035 of 3042
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
 


If your setting windows speaker settings to 5.1 as well as game's then your setting it correctly. If not then that's how you config it. Also SBX surround headphone options can be used thru the RCA output too which comes in handy for the reason you mentioned external amp's.

 

Yep, that's pretty much how I configured it. Only thing is that on the Omni control panel, I've set it up as headphones instead of 5.1 surround, since I seem to find it better.

post #3036 of 3042
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Originally Posted by RXShadow View Post

Yep, that's pretty much how I configured it. Only thing is that on the Omni control panel, I've set it up as headphones instead of 5.1 surround, since I seem to find it better.
That is how I have it. Windows set to 5.1 and OMNI control panel set to headphones. I have SBX set to around 35%. Scout mode, crystal voice, all that stuff I have off. Inside the game make sure to set it to 5.1 also. When I not playing a 5.1 source I turn off SBX, such as for music.
post #3037 of 3042

Many recommend to stick Sound Blaster Z with external optical DAC to bypass the sound card's DAC without losing the SBX effects.

 

My question is simple: Using a G1 Gaming motherboard (or another) that has SoundCore 3d, do I need a Sound Blaster Z to have the result that I'd with the above set (SBX)? Or can I just stick the onboard audio with a external optical DAC and thus keeping SBX like whether I had a sound card?


Edited by LB Felipe - 7/25/14 at 7:24pm
post #3038 of 3042
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Originally Posted by LB Felipe View Post

Many recommend to stick Sound Blaster Z with external optical DAC to bypass the sound card's DAC without losing the SBX effects.

My question is simple: Using a G1 Gaming motherboard (or another) that has SoundCore 3d, do I need a Sound Blaster Z to have the result that I'd with the above set (SBX)? Or can I just stick the onboard audio with a external optical DAC and thus keeping SBX like whether I had a sound card?

The motherboard looks like it has full SBX processing. You should be able to output from to your external equipment without too much trouble and keep the processing.
post #3039 of 3042
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Originally Posted by Silverwind View Post


That is how I have it. Windows set to 5.1 and OMNI control panel set to headphones. I have SBX set to around 35%. Scout mode, crystal voice, all that stuff I have off. Inside the game make sure to set it to 5.1 also. When I not playing a 5.1 source I turn off SBX, such as for music.

 

Yeah, that's how I set it up as well. I will probably assume my headphones doesn't do justice to SBX. I'll know for sure once I upgrade though.

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Originally Posted by LB Felipe View Post
 

Many recommend to stick Sound Blaster Z with external optical DAC to bypass the sound card's DAC without losing the SBX effects.

 

My question is simple: Using a G1 Gaming motherboard (or another) that has SoundCore 3d, do I need a Sound Blaster Z to have the result that I'd with the above set (SBX)? Or can I just stick the onboard audio with a external optical DAC and thus keeping SBX like whether I had a sound card?

 

If your motherboard does it and has the option to output through Optical, there is no need at all to buy another soundcard just to get the processing. If you're planning on just taking the processing part, any solution (even if it is dirt cheap) is going to be fine.
post #3040 of 3042

Thanks guys.

 

Now only question is whether the onboard audio controller of the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 sends SBX by its TOSLink output. What do you say?

post #3041 of 3042

Small question:

 

I have a X-Fi Titanium, and as such, I use the Creatives OpenAL driver.

Should I use the Rapture3D or OpenAL Soft implementation? Even if I lose hardware acceleration? It seems everyone says the HTRF is better in those implementations than Creative's

post #3042 of 3042
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Originally Posted by LB Felipe View Post
 

Thanks guys.

 

Now only question is whether the onboard audio controller of the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 sends SBX by its TOSLink output. What do you say?


If your use what you hear or if it has the option in the advance option to send stereo mix to spdif then it should.

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