I get that and appreciate any help but I did try with 3 different sets of speakers and buy those high end PC speakers (Corsair SP2500) for the ZxR expecting a decent set of speakers to bring it to life.
I tried all settings and think its sounded flat/lacking, the EQ's all sound near the same and low volume apart from the Classical (brought up by a few reviewers), the FPS mode for gaming is quiet so you need mess with EQ every new song/album/game or movie and it still IMO sounds poor.
I have heard it sound muddy mid song and played it back again and its fine, I can at times hear the change in quality, nothing can be messing with it like PCI-E lanes etc. as the other X-FI is fine.
My GPU used the CPU slots bandwidth and the soundcard in the Mobos Chipsets Slot so not related to each other IRQ wise and no other cards fitted.
I tried 2.0/2.1/5.1 set ups, without the Smart Volume set to Loud its very low volume and before I would never use this on my X-Fi's (SVM) as it spoiled the sound and was not even needed.
The Corsairs up full were not loud even for my old age (I am past very loud music) and lacking any bass never mind basshead type bass.
On these old Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 the volume is through the roof with its wired remote down lo and the bass is there even turned down low on Sub but again the overall sound is flat/lacking.
They are good speakers but I doubt very high/expensive end and only mono cone speakers with no tweeters so lack a bit of mids.
It was hard to find reviews on them as so old now but I linked to Amazon.uk and I think it was 3 peeps had reviewed them and one commented as recent as Dec 2013 saying he dug these out from his loft or such and they sounded better than any PC speakers he had bought/heard to date.
I cannot be one of the few on here who think its has flat/lacking sound surely when all others including reviews give it glowing reports.
I really wanted to be blown away and love music on this card as I know the past few cards its been ok but not as good as the sound I had back in 2001 that blew all my family/friends away when then came around.
I cannot say I had anywhere near even acceptable PC sound quality from the ZxR.
If buying a £300 set of speakers was the answer I would but I highly doubt it and the footprint is too large for PC area.
There is only a few drivers and the latest one is same old one rehashed/packed and the software is poor for a high end card.
We all know the support sucks.
I am not sure if its even worth trying it again or leaving it in the box to go back on Monday because nothing has changed and I have mixed and matched all the speakers I own and did own (the SP2500's) for a short time.
I have for the 1st time in a long time now got decent sound with the X-Fi and Cambridge speakers (lacking a little mid) but I bought a £200 card to get the best.
Edited by helmutcheese - 2/15/14 at 3:15am