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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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!