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    change from sound card Creative Sound Blaster Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus ZX to agree ?

    hello guys as the title are in the possession of the sound card Creative Sound Blaster ZX , with this card I find it really well and I have no problems , but I wanted some advice if it was the best Xonar Phoebus and if it was convenient to go from Creative Xonar Phoebus also because I wanted to replace my headset with the headset Asus ROG Vulcan PRO which is 7.1 while my Creative card is 5.1 . I am aware that the headset is equipped with a micro sound card connected via USB to control the 7.1 but I'm interested to interact by default sound card . I would also like to know if you could use Asus ROG Vulcan PRO with Creative sound card and have the headset in 5.1 instead of 7.1 .

    waiting for your replies best regards

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    Friendly advice? keep your money, 7.1 on heaphones is just a gimmick , find a good set of audiophile headphones + separate mic. As for the card ... ASUS has forgot that they make soundcards

    PS: Phoebus is know to have issues with humming/buzzing on Mic input .. mine has it and i can`t do anything about it. In rest is an amazing card but due to ASUS lack of support i can`t recommend this .
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    In honesty bud all I've heard is bad into about the ROG sound cards sadly
    What seems to have been unforgivable is the total lack of any support at all over it as well
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    The humming is because of really ****ty shielding from all the other PC components. The graphics card is the biggest bandit.

    If you build your own shielding from aluminum foil, which I don't recommend because you might destroy the card if you aren't careful. You'll see that it dissapears.

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    Most headphones have just two speakers/drivers - one for each ear - and their "7.1 Surround Sound" emulation is done through clever software. It does sound pretty good, better than stereo, but your ears can still tell the difference between a real sound field and a simulated one.

    Some headsets have multiple speakers in each can, typically one or two smaller mids positioned to provide "directional" audio, sometimes also a larger bass speaker. These provide a better environmental sound experience, but the smaller speakers often have poorer overall frequency response than larger speakers would.

    Either way, immersive surround sound through headphones is a little unnatural for some people because the sounds are generated based on what can be "heard" from the point of view of the virtual environment seen on a computer screen, not from wherever you might actually position or reposition your ears. The same problem exists with a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup, but somehow it can seem more intense through headphones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michele.miele1991 View Post
    hello guys as the title are in the possession of the sound card Creative Sound Blaster ZX , with this card I find it really well and I have no problems , but I wanted some advice if it was the best Xonar Phoebus and if it was convenient to go from Creative Xonar Phoebus also because I wanted to replace my headset with the headset Asus ROG Vulcan PRO which is 7.1 while my Creative card is 5.1 . I am aware that the headset is equipped with a micro sound card connected via USB to control the 7.1 but I'm interested to interact by default sound card . I would also like to know if you could use Asus ROG Vulcan PRO with Creative sound card and have the headset in 5.1 instead of 7.1 .

    waiting for your replies best regards
    Not sure if I understand your question, but the Creative Sound Blaster ZxR wins, especially when it comes to multi track sound recording and playback.
    5.1, 7.1... I only use stereo monitors and headsets, but virtual surround works quite well according to fps gamers.
    For gaming the cheaper ZX should be fine, I would not go from ZX to Phoebus, only the other way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mineria View Post
    Not sure if I understand your question, but the Creative Sound Blaster ZxR wins, especially when it comes to multi track sound recording and playback.
    5.1, 7.1... I only use stereo monitors and headsets, but virtual surround works quite well according to fps gamers.
    For gaming the cheaper ZX should be fine, I would not go from ZX to Phoebus, only the other way around.
    Surround is just a gimmick, the positional sound in games is mostly done by the CPU , the soundcard has nothing to do with that. Take BF4 for instance, everything is done in the game`s engine on the CPU, the soundcard will only make it sound better than the onboard, nothing else. You can thank Microsoft for this since they removed Direct Sound since Windows Vista i believe, or was it XP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florin View Post
    Surround is just a gimmick, the positional sound in games is mostly done by the CPU , the soundcard has nothing to do with that. Take BF4 for instance, everything is done in the game`s engine on the CPU, the soundcard will only make it sound better than the onboard, nothing else. You can thank Microsoft for this since they removed Direct Sound since Windows Vista i believe, or was it XP?
    That was with Vista.

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    hardware of phoebus is so powerful and excellent and definitly better than creative zx BUT phoebus suffers from its driver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by physiecho View Post
    hardware of phoebus is so powerful and excellent and definitly better than creative zx BUT phoebus suffers from its driver...
    Lack of driver support is the problem.
    I wonder if support is better for the ASUS Essence STX II, since that probably is the best none professional card atm.

    EDIT: Seems driver support is just as lacking for that model, ASUS VIP forum is currently compromised as well...
    Last edited by Mineria; 05-23-2015 at 10:25 AM.

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