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    best settings for gaming

    Hi guys,

    I just installed my phoebus and was checking out the setting, I'm a bit of a noob.

    I do a lot of gaming on modern warfare 3 and was wondering if you guys can help me out: what are the settings to use for gaming ? dolby home theater v4 with the game tab?

    should I enable dx button?

    what does soundradar do?

    Is there a tutorial that explains all the new stuff?

    I had a xonar dx before and found that the best sound was with only dolby headphone enabled. My headphones are sennheiser pc350's.

    Thanks!!

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    Hi,

    GX enables EAX features, use with games that support it. Sound Radar works with GX to enhance front speaker effects. EAX isn't used much now so most titles won't see any change from either of these functions.

    If you want to experiment with Dolby HT then use the Game preset with headphones, it adds a bit of depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    Hi,

    GX enables EAX features, use with games that support it. Sound Radar works with GX to enhance front speaker effects. EAX isn't used much now so most titles won't see any change from either of these functions.

    If you want to experiment with Dolby HT then use the Game preset with headphones, it adds a bit of depth.

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    I can attest to the Dolby HT Game preset. It rocks in my opinion. I can hear exactly where everything is and it's approximate distance relative to other sounds. Heck, I have been accused of hacking on BF3 a little more often now since I can here around what corners people are shooting from.
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    More questions on optimum game settings

    This has to be the most complicated sound card I have owned. What are the disadvantages / advantages of cranking the sample rate to 192 Khz and 24 Bits vs lower settings? I am mainly using the sound card for gaming.

    Also, the gaming preset in Dolby HT really doesn't seem like it enables much stuff by default i.e. equalizer settings all at neutral and no intelligent equalizer enabled. Also I noticed that the default has Surround Virtualizer on for both speaker and headphones, but the levels are set to minimum meaning it probaby isn't doing much.

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    Sorry, another question. Red light on the control box. When it is lit, does that mean it is muted, or unmuted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by txfeinbergs View Post
    This has to be the most complicated sound card I have owned. What are the disadvantages / advantages of cranking the sample rate to 192 Khz and 24 Bits vs lower settings? I am mainly using the sound card for gaming.

    Also, the gaming preset in Dolby HT really doesn't seem like it enables much stuff by default i.e. equalizer settings all at neutral and no intelligent equalizer enabled. Also I noticed that the default has Surround Virtualizer on for both speaker and headphones, but the levels are set to minimum meaning it probaby isn't doing much.

    This really depends on the sampling rate of the source material. If it is a 16 bit 44.1KHz music then I tend to play back at that frequency - not a fan of upsampling myself. Of course, it also depends on what kind of attenuation one is using and the playback software. If however we are talking files recorded at higher sampling rates and game effects then using 24 bit makes sense.


    As for your question on the red light, you can always plug some phones in and toggle between mute on/off to work that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dedaciai View Post
    I can attest to the Dolby HT Game preset. It rocks in my opinion. I can hear exactly where everything is and it's approximate distance relative to other sounds. Heck, I have been accused of hacking on BF3 a little more often now since I can here around what corners people are shooting from.
    Yeah I tried that out with BF3, it is quite profound.
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    Red light on is muted. I actually just hit the mute button from within the SW and the light came on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    This really depends on the sampling rate of the source material. If it is a 16 bit 44.1KHz music then I tend to play back at that frequency - not a fan of upsampling myself. Of course, it also depends on what kind of attenuation one is using and the playback software. If however we are talking files recorded at higher sampling rates and game effects then using 24 bit makes sense.

    I prefer to hear sound as it was intended too.
    What is the optimal sampling for most games on the Phoebus? I use 48KHz/24-bit for AAA+ titles (Batman series, BF3, CIV5, Mass Effect series), but unsure what exactly these titles are recorded at. Thanks.
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    Would it be possible to add a box to "Play at original sampling rate". Is it possible for the driver to detect what the original sampling rate and bit depth was and just use that?

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