X-Fi Mode Benefits?

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by PHJF, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. PHJF

    PHJF Maha Guru

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    Is watching movies in "Entertainment mode" going to be in any way noticeably different to watching them in "Game Mode?" I have left it in game mode since its what I use my audio for most of the time. Does changing modes have a tangible impact on audio playback? Entertainment and Game have literally the exact same options in the console while the only difference is in the UI.
     
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    When switching modes, the DSP configures itself for doing certain tasks. In game mode for example all your EAX abilities will be functioning...etc. This is the idea behind the modal drivers.... SOme people use Audio creation mode instead of entertainment mode for music playback...experiment with your drivers and get to know where the different settings are.
    You can also get the X-fi mode changer, this application will allow you to set application profiles. For example clicking on a game will make the mode changer switch to gaming mode etc...Very handy application. -it can also change back when the game is over...
     
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    The only things I've noticed (settings-wise) between Game mode and Entertainment mode:
    - Game mode has bass & treble set at 60% & 40% respectively, whereas it's 50% & 50% in Entertainment mode. You gotta go to the Windows Volume Control panel to change bass & treble in Game mode.
    - Entertainment mode does not have EAX 4 and EAX 5 capabilities.
     
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    Usually it will sound different in some way or another, but I usually leave it in entertainment mode. Because of all of the driver problems in Vista and lack of options vs. XP it doesn't matter that much for me.
     

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    I just have it set to Gaming Mode all the time...
     
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    Same. And tbh it sounds better in vista 64 than it ever did in xp
     
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    So how exactly does it "sound" different in different modes? Lower lowers and higher highs or what? Anything empirical?
     
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    It's not really how it sounds but what it can do.

    In game mode you have the advanced EAX and also specialised virtual 3D functions.

    Audio creation mode, you have bit matched play back and other functions.

    And entertainment mode pretty much speaks for itself.
     
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    it does?
     
  10. Inquisit0r

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    Something to that effect, it seems to balance the surrounds differently. But I find that entertainment mode sounds the best / has the best sounding quality for me.
     

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    Agreed. I tested Sunshine Bluray yesterday in all three modes. Entertainment Mode delivered best results for me. There is Bass redirection available which isn't in AC-Mode.

    G-Mode: Sounded slightly artifical altough all gaming ehancements (EAX, Crystalizer etc.) had been disabled. Not as dynamic and "full" as E-Mode.

    E-Mode: Sound had more punch and width, sounded more dynamic and agressive overall.

    AC-Mode (bit-matched playback enabled): Very natural sound, but it misses out on punch and dynamic. Action movies sound da bit dull in AC-mode.
     
  12. UnclePappi

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    E-mode sounds best to me. More full and natural. Maybe I'll dig up a link that explains it.
     
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    yes same here, its the best for listening music and watching movies..
    i found game mode for this terrible, because cmss-3d makes the music very strange and unnatural, same with crystalizer if they're both enabled (in entertainmend mode, its not that bad, but i prefer them to off), and i've read somewhere that when in game mode the medium freq. are more pronounced.. especially for fps games, cars, explosions, etc...
     
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    Get the X-fi Mode changer application, then you don't need to worry about changing the modes all the time.
     
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    Does anybody know how to mod the latest Creative X-Fi driver (only the driver, not the software) to work with the prelude? Wanna try it.
     

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    Oh neat, it was driving me nuts having to manually open the console to switch modes all the time.

    I'll assume its perfectly fine with the Prelude?
     
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    I'll ask that same question but other way around, Prelude drivers for X-fi possible? (Auzentech fixed the 4GB bug...)
     
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    Ditto, since I game a lot anyway. I listen to music a lot too, but Gaming Mode seems to make stuff sound better than my old sound card, so I never even compared Entertainment Mode. lol
     
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    me thinks ill give that a try im annoyed having to change it to game mode then entertainment mode and so on
     
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    set to game mode then chose my entertainment mode programs dvd audio etc. better than the other way around and music sounds a LOT better in entertainment mode BTW.
     

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