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Originally Posted by hakka View Post
 

Could someone who owns the ZXR measure the length for me please. Just trying to work out if it will block the fan on my graphics card.

 

Thanks.

16.5cm

6 1/4th inch

post #2042 of 3353

Thanks Max.

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Ok, I agree that for music/videos the ZXR is noticeably better. The xtremegamer sounds more dull and ZXR more pronounced. But the surround sound in games seems to be much worse. It's not great in 1.6, and in CS:S it's even worse. People with crappy/no sound cards can tell where people are better than me (IE: planting lower rather than upper) while spectating me, so we were both getting the same sounds.

 

This might be due to their SBX surround sound not being compatible with hardware acceleration that Alchemy provides. IE: with my xtremegamer I use both Alchemy & CMSS 3D. But like other people mentioned SBX surround sound gets automatically turned off when I use Alchemy with this card.

If their idea was to build in the Alchemy hardware acceleration to the SBX surround sound so that you don't have to configure Alchemy for every game then that's really cool. But it's just not providing the same level of surround sound.

 

RMA'd my card and still having the same problem with it randomly dying in CS 1.6 till I restart.

 

Creative support's reply was:

"It is possible for the sound card to go dead if there is a driver conflict between the game and the sound card. We regret to inform you that Creative sound card cannot guarantee that our sound card will work with all games and software applications."

 

CS 1.6 is one of the most popular games of all time, and one of the most popular esports games till recently. Seems like that is their target demographic.

 

But w/e. I'm not really impressed with the card as a whole anyway. There were times (not in games) where I took my headphones off to check if the sound was coming from my speakers because it was so realistic. But sadly that was a rare occasion and not a standard.

 

Sucks that I'm going to have to keep digging around in the back of my computer every time I want to switch from headphones to speakers, until a new sound card gets released.

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Just got my ZXR installed, also picked up a pair of Audio Technica ADG1s. Played a few rounds of BF4, positional audio is excellent, as is overall sound quality.

 

After reading through this thread I'm not running the headphones through the ACM, but the mic is going through it for now because I'm short one 1/4 inch adapter. You'd think a $280 headset would include some adapters.

 

I saw it mentioned a few times that the ACM works the same as the one in the Phoebus, just to clarify - the Phoebus volume control actually changes the windows volume setting, it has a third cable running between the ACM and the soundcard for this.

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I removed my ACM to fit my Aune T1, but I am pretty sure the ACM volume does nothing in Windows unless you have headphones hooked up.  I could be wrong on that though.

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Just checked it, yep you're right - only works if there's HPs connected.

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You can unscrew the plug off the end of the ACM and screw it on to your mic.

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Well... I just wanted to say that I just upgraded from the Titanium HD to ZXR.

 

I was wondering a bit if it was worth it but damn... yes it was. Zero regrets.

 

People can say what they want about sound cards not being needed for games anymore because EAX is a dead and what not.... whatever Creative is doing it's working!

 

Hands down the best surround sound positioning audio I've ever heard in my games.

 

I also had zero driver issues and the overall quality and packaging was very well done.

 

Perhaps that serial cable between the cards isn't so fancy, couldn't they at least have made it a round cable? Oh well. It's a very minor niggle.

 

Overall a happy camper :smile: 

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TwoEars, what games do you play?

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Originally Posted by MaxKohler View Post
 

TwoEars, what games do you play?

 

Mostly RPG's. :smile:

 

I'm doing a lot of Skyrim modding right now... so many great mods at the nexus!!!

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Film Cap Mod:

 

 

and I decided before I put capacitors on the back of the card that I should get a pic of my final op-amp setup.

 


Edited by NCSUZoSo - 3/11/14 at 6:47pm
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Hi,

 

Does the ZxR sound card keep up with the HD650s? Does someone in here have this combo? If so, how does it perform in music and games?

 

I almost pulled the trigger on the HD598s for ~170€. Now I can get the HD650s used (bought from Amazon last December) for "only" 250€. 

 

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post #2053 of 3353
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Originally Posted by Manel View Post
 

Hi,

 

Does the ZxR sound card keep up with the HD650s? Does someone in here have this combo? If so, how does it perform in music and games?

 

I almost pulled the trigger on the HD598s for ~170€. Now I can get the HD650s used (bought from Amazon last December) for "only" 250€. 

 

Cumps

 

You're in luck.

 

The ZxR has zero problems driving the HD650's.

 

It's a great combo, I would say go for it. Just remember that for music listening it's usually best to disable all the gaming features.

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Thanks for your input. ;) Yeah, I don't want anything colouring the sound when listening to music, just the raw stereo sound, plain and simple.

 

But can the SBX Pro Studio and the other gaming features on the card improve the quality of the HD650s in gaming, soundstage and directionality wise? I'm asking this because, according to Mad Lust Envy's thread, these are only decent at gaming.

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I never got to try my old HD650 with the zxr but my current HD580 is driven very easily by it and it sounds very good.

I will say that 2 of the 3 "gaming features" (the surround sound and bass boost) buttons) sound not that great (surround sound) to terrible (bass boost) with open headphones Ive tried... Well the bass boost is horrible with everything Ive tried. That surround sound is actually very noticeable and a good feature with closed headphones Ive tried. I like the 3rd function which I forget the name of that boosts clarity or something like that. YMMV

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