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Lazaredz
04-21-06, 02:21 PM
Okay so I upgraded from a SB Live to a X-Fi XM (and a 5300e speaker set). Everything seems to have gone fine. Only problem is there are WAY to many buttons/switchs/settings for this thing. I have NO IDEA what half of them do. Anyone have some suggestions for general settings?

Also is there a way to make the mode switch automaticly from entertainment to game when you start a game? Something like where I add the *.exe to a list and when that app starts the mode changes over (staying on entertainment as the default)?

Thx in advance.

Q
04-21-06, 02:33 PM
There is no profiler that allows EXE detection, and that sucks ass. I usually just keep mine in entertainment mode and live with it.

From the console launcher, I enable the following settings. In the 3d settings, I use Stereo Surround with the bias set to the middle. Some might say that this isn't the most natural setting, but it damn well is the loudest. I don't use the crystalizer, as I have the trebel turned up on my speakers already and the base is already overwhelming for me. YMMV. Since you have a TV card, you might want to turn on SVM or smart volume managment. This will help keep any tuning CLICKS or loud commercials under control.

Everything else, I just leave as it is. If you have any specific questions, just let me know.

Lazaredz
04-21-06, 06:18 PM
Bugger about the auto-swtich (or lack thereof).

I'm trying to work out my rear-speaker position right now. They are ALL away across the room (about 20 feet) and of course seem a bit soft. Think I'll play with the fade on the remote for a bit. Of course once I get this set for playing FPS they will probably be to loud for DVDs in 5.1

Wasn't this supposed to make my life easier???? (ack)

$n][pErMan
04-21-06, 07:20 PM
More features = more complex :p

einstein_314
04-21-06, 07:26 PM
Here's what I have my settings at...

Entertainment Mode:
CMSS-3d: Stereo Surround with the slider in the middle
EAX: Off
24bit Crystalizer: On and at maximum
SVM: Off
Equalizer: Whatever I want it at
And all the dolby/DTS digital stuff at defaults as I don't use them.

Gaming Mode:
CMSS-3d: Off (except when using headphones, then turn on the headphone surround thing)
EAX: Off
24bit Crystalizer: Off
SVM: Off
Equalizer: Off

So that about sums up my settings.

Oh and regarding your rear speakers, go into the THX control panel (you can get there from the speakers and headphone page - it's the little THX button) and you can change the distances that you are from the speakers. This will make your rear speakers louder so they sound like they aren't way back there.

Oh and check out this sweet guide Superklye made a while back :D
http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=63365&highlight=X-Fi+guide
He goes over a bunch of settings and says which ones he's using. (mine are actually pretty much the same).

Oh and another thing. In the THX control panel, under bass management, enable bass redirection and put the slider at 80Hz (or play with it until you find a sweet spot). This prevents any signals over 80Hz from going to the sub and muddying things up.

Lazaredz
04-22-06, 01:41 PM
Hmmm .. I don't have the THX button anywhere ....

CaptNKILL
04-22-06, 02:31 PM
You should be able to click the volume panel icon in the taskbar and then click "THX Setup Console" from the menu that pops up.

Lazaredz
04-22-06, 05:48 PM
It helps if one actually has the THX set-up INSTALLED .... DOH!!!

Why it would not be default for a basic install is beyond me, but anywho ....

Its there now, got it set up, tweaked a few settings as suggested ...... we'll see.

Thx.

weeds
04-22-06, 10:21 PM
Also is there a way to make the mode switch automaticly from entertainment to game when you start a game? Something like where I add the *.exe to a list and when that app starts the mode changes over (staying on entertainment as the default)?

I havent tried this program, but it looks like its what your looking for.

With XFMC you can:
- Change between modes using command line arguments
- Change between modes using a convenient tray base interface
- Setup application profiles, so every listed application always start in the
correct mode

X-Fi Mode Changer
http://www.geocities.com/spectra9x/xfmc.html

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&message.id=57925

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/8050/tray9jn.jpg (http://imageshack.us) http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9660/config3oo.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7378/appprofile1qr.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

einstein_314
04-22-06, 11:24 PM
I havent tried this program, but it looks like its what your looking for.



X-Fi Mode Changer
http://www.geocities.com/spectra9x/xfmc.html

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&message.id=57925

http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/8050/tray9jn.jpg (http://imageshack.us) http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9660/config3oo.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7378/appprofile1qr.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Whoa, sweet. I'll have to give that a try. Thanks!!

EDIT: Just tried it and it rocks!! It basically replaces the creative volume icon. (you can get to all the same stuff too). And it automatically switches modes. This is great.

Lazaredz
04-23-06, 09:34 PM
Hey which side of the 5300e Sub should face foward. The side with the hole, the oppisite side, or the side with the logo?

superklye
04-23-06, 10:36 PM
I did a whole thing on my preferred settings for the Elite Pro and the same speakers. The link is in my signature when you click on the Elite Pro.

The only thing I've changed is I've since turned off bass redirection.

JMerrick
04-23-06, 10:37 PM
Does that headphone surround thing really work?

superklye
04-23-06, 10:50 PM
Yes.

john19055
04-23-06, 11:21 PM
The best way to figure which way you want the sub to face is just try it one way and turn it around and try it the other way ,On my 5300 I have the port faceing the wall ,about six inches from the wall, and it sounds the best that way to me.

nforcer
04-25-06, 12:56 AM
Thanks for posting on the X-Fi mode changer, very useful! Didn't know that it existed :)