Well that certainly makes things a bit more confusing, where DD encoding is affected when making adjustments in the control panel.
I'm not sure what you're asking here:
"However would the DD live or DTS encoding matter it were 5.1 or headphones?"
The reason he was trying to get DD live was to feed his DSS.
Is there any particular reason you're using your mixamp in conjunction with the SB Z, if your simply using analog outputs from the SB Z and using it's own SBX Pro surround? Wouldn't it be simpler to plug directly in the SB Z?
I mean, would the way the z processes certain effects before encoding it matter based on whether headphones or 5.1 speakers were selected in z panel.
This needs more testing. As the way this card does certain things isn't always transparent to us. Just look at all the stuff we have found out ourselves about this cards functionality so far. Creative needs to stop dumbing down or "streamlining" settings. They think the average Joe gamer is too dumb to play around with sound card settings.
Edited by DJINFERNO806 - 1/26/14 at 11:59pm