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CMSS-3D treble can be horrible with a few headphones. I wish we'd get a proper OpenAL implementation for Z cards. 

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Hi Everyone,

 

posting here in the hope that I can gain some knowledge from you all.

 

My goal: Good quality sound, also able to use virtual surround for gaming.

My limitations:  limited pcie slots in computer.

 

The ideal: sbz card for sbx surround, optical out to external dac/amp.  However, I'm trying to figure out an alternative without using a pcie/internal card.

 

Option 1: use a creative external usb card with sbx surround and optical in/out and send that to dac/amp.

Option 2: use XFI3 MB software and use mobo optical out to dac/amp.

Option 3: use alternative software like razer surround.

Option 4: use my new Soundblaster x7.

 

I'll try to keep this as short as possible:

 

The new X7 sounds great.  Some shortcomings in its functionality have me nervous, and I'd prefer to get the great sound processing for my games somewhere else and be free to experiment with other dac/amps.

 

Will an external usb creative card like the digital music premuim HD or the XFI 3MB software give me the same quality of DSP as the X7 is?  I've got the XFI MB software but I can't get the 5.1 or 7.1 options to show up in my windows control panel.  (just showing stereo... likely due to a driver problem with the asus gryphon z87 board I'm using - so I'm unsure the MB software suite is working correctly.

 

 

 

Any ideas are welcome!

post #3393 of 3395

You should try Razer Surround. It's actually pretty good.

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Wanted to bump this with a question I had. I am about to play an order for an external dac/amp with headphones. It will be used for 90% gaming, but I am trying to decide if I should get an SBZ for virtual surround. Or just play games in high quality stereo.

 

If I would just to use a dac/amp setup and 2.0 stereo only, do any games ever have their own HRTF audio for headphones? I noticed some games give you an option to choose surround or headphones. I am curious if the game sees your selecting headphones, does it use it's own virtual surround?

 

Or does every games audio fall under one of the API's mentioned in the OP?

post #3395 of 3395

Razer Surround is another option and its free and works with external dac's. You can use that instead of buying a sound blaster Z and put that money else where.

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