X-Fi: Entertainment Vs. Gaming Mode

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by mikesta_navarro, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. goat1

    goat1 Ancient Guru

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    Then I just un check the eq box :puke2:
     
  2. johnny87au

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    You switch to game MODE and load up a FPS, BOOM HEADSHOT, BOOM HEADSHOT, BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM HEADSHOTTTTTTTTTTTTT :banana:
     
  3. Meocene

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    There's a bunch of settings that behave differently in each mode as well, despite being named the same (probably for the sake of simplicity).

    CMSS for example uses different algorythms because an ac3 or dts output is very different to real time multichannel - speech and lfe being the obvious ones.
     
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    yes in entertainment it acts as a sound expander, for example in movies it ads more space to the sound @2.1 speakers.

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    I honestly just leave Game Mode / CMSS3D / Crystalizer running all the time. 90% of the time I'm playing games, the 10% I'm listening to music I can't be arsed to change it.
     
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    And I'd be the exact opposite, I just use Entertainment Mode all the time with all of those effects turned off completely.
     
  7. Delerue

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    I owned a XtremeMusic and I can tell that CMSS-3D works differently between Game and Entertainment modes. The Entertainment mode messes a bit with upmix (I'm talking about 'stereo surround', as 'stereo xpand' is a POS), specially with center channel (it's not as loud as the others). I think that Creative tried to add a more complex algorithm for upmix in Entertainment mode, and it ended sounding worst than Game mode.

    There's another thread here talking about the same subject: http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=246383

    Also, take a look here and see the main differences between the 3 modes: http://www.guru3d.com/article/xfi-fatality-fps-soundblaster-review/8
     
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    No one uses Creative AutoMode Switcher?

    Works like game profiles and it'll change audio settings per application.
     
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    i leave mine in game mode. cant hear the difference between it and entertainment mode, and a few of the games i play still use EAX/OpenAL. i have CMSS3D on with my headphones too.
     
  10. Darren Hodgson

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    I use a Creative Auto Switcher tool to automatically switch from Entertainment to Game mode when I load a game. It's easy to use, you just add the executable to the program and leave it running in the background. It is a little buggy and doesn't always switch back but I find it useful.

    And why do I use it in the first place when I could just set the sound mode to Game and be done with?

    Well, I listen to a lot of music and, IMO, it sounds much better in Entertainment mode, richer and with more oooomphf (sorry for the lack of a technical explanation!) but some games crash if I run them in this mode, for example, Fallout 3 is especially flaky unless it runs in Game mode.
     

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    I'm sure that there's a difference, at least to my ears entertainment mode sounds much better. When I did a loop back RMAA test there was a difference if I remember correctly.
     
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    Sorry for acting like a necrophile on this thread but,

    Can somebody please tell me why the steam games aren't switching automatically the audio profile? Everything else is fine :(
     
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    When you launch a game from steam, utilities that auto detect programs may not do it properly because.....well, you're launching it from steam.

    This happens with Creative Alchemy sometimes, as well.
     
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    I use both of them, there is a bit of difference when using the gaming mode for audio playback, so i switch them, but now it looks like im back to integrated sound card, because i have some latency issues on x-fi and i cant seem to find the cause of this.
     
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    best tip!!!
     
  17. Valagard

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    Did my own tests

    Entertainment mode sounds better then game mode, unless you set 24-bit 96khz for both in advanced sound options, then they sound the same

    Entertainment mode CMSS-3D with headphones is -BAD-, its very muddy, and not very accurate

    Game mode CMSS-3D with headphones is amazing, sounds perfectly accurate
     
  18. RagDoll_Effect

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    What about with speakers? Thanks

    regards,
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  19. Valagard

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    I hooked up some stereo speakers, borrowed my brothers

    Same thing, Entertainment mode CMSS-3D is sloppy as hell, very muddy, hard to make out positional cue's

    Game mode CMSS-3D comes alive, very crisp, very clear, sound position is perfect
     
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    Cool, I'm gonna try it :)

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