Originally Posted by Axaion
I think they used the 5.1(default) option with the headphone port, althought the line-out has slightly better overall quality, so if you have an amp.. no reason to use headphone port at all
No, but I actually USUALLY use 5.1 in windows cpanel with all soundcards (but I tested all possible configs ofc to see which works best). The problem here for me personally is unability to pick stereo speakers in the creative config panel with headphone port. With X-Fi and Titanium HD I thought it sounded better using stereo speakers in the driver panel (this is comparable to how Realtek onboard and other soundcards also sounds soundstage wise. Creative's driver-side "headphone" setting to my ears have some kind of signal processing to it and have always hurt soundstage, it becomes a more "pure stereo" and smaller soundstage sound, more closed in sounding (compare open vs closed headphones).
The line-out didn't work well for me, the digiZoid ZO is more a "signal strengthening" device rather than pure amping to my ears so if source is non-amped it won't either sound nice running out of a line-out port and certainly it was the case here so to me line-out port wouldn't work and it sounded quite bad, much worse than if I plugged ZO to the headphone port, like night and day (ZO works well double-amped, confirmed by lots of people). So using line-out I clearly don't get anywhere $200+ worth source quality, more like $20.
So unability to use stereo speakers when using headphone out is what makes me wanna sell the card pretty much unless there's is a hack to fix this.
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 6/5/13 at 6:06am