I am not too knowledgeable about sound but I do appreciate good sound quality and want to ensure I have as good of a listening experience as I can get with my current equipment. I have:
- Creative X-fi Titanium HD soundcard (Using latest Creative drivers)
- Audio Technica ATH-A700 headphones (plugged into the headphone port of the above soundcard)
I run Windows 7 (x64) and use Foobar2000 to play a variety of music. I also do a lot of gaming (particularly Guild Wars 2) I have some questions about getting the best sound experience while I listen to music and game. I will explain to the best of my ability how I currently perform these two tasks.
Listening to Music
- Audio Control Panel set to Entertainment Mode and Headphones
- Crystalizer and Speaker set to 50%
- Foobar2000 using default settings
I installed an ASIO plugin (foo_out_asio) and set the output device in Foobar to Creative ASIO. I understand using ASIO would prevent THX features like Crystalizer from working so I turned these effects off and did a comparison. Playing audio in ASIO output mode does seem to make the audio a bit cleaner. My questions are:
1) Should I be using ASIO in Foobar? (I heard my sound card has ASIO already built in) or go back to the default output and re-enable the THX features? (I understand THX features can cause distortion but for the majority of music, it provides a good improvement I find) or even use WASAPI?
2) What buffer settings should i use within Foobar? (Set to 510ms at the moment)
3) Anything I am missing out? or that you recommend?
- Audio Control Panel set to Game Mode and Headphones
- Crystalizer and Speaker set to 50%.
- CMSS 3D on
- Dolby Digital Live set to on
4) What is Dolby Digital Live? Can I benefit from this using headphones? or is this only for speakers/hi-fi systems?
I heard you can use Dolby Digital Live with headphones if you set the sound profile in Windows 7 to 5.1 surround, while keeping it set to headphones in the Audio Control Panel. This is suppose to emulate 5.1 sound (and doing the 5.1 sound test within Windows confirms this as I hear all 5 channels)
5) How are these settings? What settings do you use for gaming?
Apologises for the newbie questions!
Edited by deadman_uk - 9/20/12 at 10:39am