Soundcard & Speakers tweak guide



Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 settings

Click on Start Menu, Programs, Creative, Sound Blaster Audigy 2 & select Creative Speaker Settings.

Speaker/Headphone Selection. From the drop down menu here select the Speaker system you are connecting to as appropriate (Or the closest available option), e.g. if you have the Creative Inspire 6.1 6700 Speakers then set this to 6.1 Speakers.

Synchronize with Control Panel. Tick this option should you wish to synchronize the Speaker/Headphone selection option with that in Window’s Sounds & Audio Devices control panel applet. Should you encounter issues with 3D audio supporting games (generally) resetting your Speaker/Headphone Selection option then try toggling this option to see which resolves it occurring.

Speaker Calibrator Selection. Select the Calibrate button should you wish to use the Creative wizard to help you further fine tune your speaker setup, or not.

Digital Output Only. When Ticked a digital audio signal will be sent via the digital output jack to be converted by the DAC onboard the receiver you have connected. This can be beneficial as the receiver may have better quality DACs than the Audigy 2 does or be subject to less EMI, which in either case should yield optimal audio quality.

The Audigy 2 can also, unlike other non-Creative Soundcards, send a 2, 4 or 5.1 channel signal (As per the Speaker/Headphone Selection setting) using the digital output when connected to certain systems, e.g. Inspire 5700 & MegaWorks 510D, using a 4 pole mini-jack (Other systems will merely output this signal as stereo if not supported). As such you may wish to test this option out should be connected to a Creative speaker system using the supplied digital cable. On other non-Creative systems it is only recommended you enable this option should be using a 2/2.1 system with digital input (Though again test this option to check which provides better sound quality). Untick this option if your speaker system features analog inputs only.

Now select the Bass Management tab.

Subwoofer Volume. This setting is available when 5.1 Speakers mode is selected. This slider bar controls the volume level of the Subwoofer. Move this slider to the Up to increase the volume level & vice versa. Most Speaker systems with Subwoofers also include an external volume control for the Subwoofer. I'd recommend adjusting these levels until the Subwoofer is at about 1/3 the maximum Volume level, e.g. Set the external control to 1/3 & set this slider to the maximum or whatever combination you prefer. Although you may prefer to set the Higher/Lower depending on your own preferences for bass output.

Bass Redirect. Tick this option to enable the redirection of Bass content to a Subwoofer which requires a separate input, e.g. Videologic DigiTheatre LC, otherwise you will not be able to get any Subwoofer output on such systems (Bar that of the LFE channel in AC-3/DTS & such). On other Speaker systems you can leave this Unticked without issue (As they can create their own Subwoofer content using on-board bass management), though should you have no Subwoofer output currently then try enabling this to see if it fixes your problem. It is also recommended that you Untick this setting during Dolby Digital/DTS playback as that already contains a LFE channel. This feature can be customized further using the Crossover Frequency option beneath.

Crossover Frequency. With Bass Redirect enabled this option becomes available. Using this slider bar you can adjust the crossover frequency (10 – 200Hz), beneath which, such low frequencies will be directed to the Subwoofer. Increasing this value will result in a stronger bass output from the Subwoofer & vice versa. NOTE – Be sure to check your subwoofer & satellites specifications to see what frequencies they can handle also so that you don’t set this too low or too high.

Now select the Mixer icon.

Volume. Use the slider bar here to set the global volume level for Audio output. Move this slider to Up to increase the global volume level & vice versa. It is generally recommended that you set these to 70% or thereabouts if you intend to adjust the Bass/Treble levels, this will reduce the amount of amplification the Soundcard can apply to a source, which could cause audio artefacts at higher levels. Although should you not intend to be adjust the Bass/Treble levels then you should be able to increase the volume level to a much greater level without compromising quality. This setting is of course affected by the volume level you’ve set your speakers too, so you may need to adjust the volume level of your speakers as well.

Bass. This slider bar controls the level of amplification for perceivable lower range audio frequencies (20Hz – 250Hz). Move this slider Up to increase this level & vice versa. Press the arrow to reset this to the default level.

Treble. This slider bar controls the level of amplification for perceivable higher range audio frequencies (6kHz –20kHz). Move this slider Up to increase this level & vice versa. Press the arrow to reset this to the default level.

Source. These sliders can be used to adjust the volume level of different audio sources, moving a slider Up will increase the volume level of said source & vice versa.


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