Lol thats what I've been saying for a while now. OpenAl running on the z/zxr is pretty decent. A lot of x-fi elitists are talking crap but in fact I haven't had any huge issues so far.
I will say though that in STALKER I had pops and clicks until I took the openal file in the windows folder and replaced that into the stalker folder. I'm assuming since it was a newer file in the windows folder it solved the issues.
Perhaps the difference in the two videos comes from cmss3d affecting the eq like it always has. My x-fi always made my games "tinnier" or less bassy when I used cmss3D.
I would recomend using the z/zxr and playing penumbra/doom3 with eax enabled. Pretty badass.
When I had a recon3D it was doing good in openal as well, but i think The lot of X-Fi elitists are just doing that, because they see there beloved X-FI chip no longer used as well hardware accelerated audio, They also can take the changes in gaming audio and where it is going. I don't like Xaudio2 being used but there nothing i can do about it. So I accepted and moved on. The sad thing is when they keep acting like its either X-Fi or go home, time has changed, it no longer a must for gaming even with EAX+openAL games. I have used both a X-FI Xtreme gamer and the Recon3D at the same time in EAX+openal based games, they sound exactly the sound re-guardless of the recon3d being software host openAL and X-fi hardware openAL A few games that had working openAL in the code I switched from Xaudio2 to openAL in the game engine.ini as well setting the channels to 128 that didn't give me any issues either with the recon3d. In fact I never had any issues with gaming on a Recon3d. I think some of those guys are stuck in the past and so used to using the X-FI for gaming and can't let go of it, when it no longer the only card with the needed/wanted gaming features. I have owned other X-Fi based cards in the past but mainly for there op-amp rolling usage when I was into that.
For me CMSS3D headphone worked depending on the headphones I was using it with, Where one pair of headphones it worked good and another pair of headphones it did badl but mainly it added bass which i didn't like which cause bass to static at times.. I liked Tru Studio pro it did ok with my A900X's when it was config very well, The only time I liked Dolby Headphone Mode 1 is back when i had a pair of AKG 702 and a STX which worked very good with. Currently I use The Razer Surround software which I liked very well, because I can use it with my external dac amp thru usb.
Edited by genclaymore - 8/25/13 at 10:02am