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chronek
post Apr 1 2012, 14:26
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Hello,

I am using window7 + creative sb x-fi hd usb + some sennheiser headphones and lately found that after install driver 1.2.21 over original 1.2.20 my sound got worsen (I usually playing flac files with foobar + sox resampler plugin + asio). After reinstall driver sound got back better quality.
I just wondering, i always do resample sound to highest profile what my card can play (24bit/96kHz) for bypass windows/driver resampling, and using even asio for bypass that but looks like that driver have own resampler and filters and even if i try best - driver can corrupt sound.
Know anyone a way to bypass driver and play original sound as much as possible?

Mike

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phofman
post Apr 2 2012, 09:20
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I am correct that X-Fi, unlike most other cards, employs extensive DSP in hardware? At least the older Audigy cards did so. In such case I can imagine an updated firmware, a part of the driver upgrade, causing different sound.
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post Apr 2 2012, 10:49
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QUOTE (phofman @ Apr 2 2012, 09:20) *
I am correct that X-Fi, unlike most other cards, employs extensive DSP in hardware? At least the older Audigy cards did so.
It should do so only if the user has X-Fi processing enabled.

QUOTE (phofman @ Apr 2 2012, 09:20) *
In such case I can imagine an updated firmware, a part of the driver upgrade, causing different sound.
Yes, perhaps. So, chronek should check this.

Which brings us back to:
QUOTE (chronek @ Apr 1 2012, 14:26) *
Know anyone a way to bypass driver and play original sound as much as possible?
If this is your goal, you’ll want to have X-Fi off; that’s for sure.

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