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Xtremegamer Xfi 5.1 surround issue

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January 15, 2010 10:15:58 PM

I have a soundblaster xtremegamer Xfi on a win 7 64bit, its setup with a samsung 5.1 home theater system hooked up through flexi jack on the xtremegamer by a toslink to mini cable, even on 5.1 surround mode, the sound only comes front the 2 front speakers, when a cd is played directly from the amp (includes DVD player), 5.1 clearly works from all speakers. the issue is not the sound system so it must be software or hardware related? Ive tried all the settings i can see in the creative software, and when doing the channel testing, the voices come from those 2 speakers alone, regardless of which angle is said.

any thoughts on a solution for this problem?

thanks in advance,
sam
January 15, 2010 11:38:30 PM

The sound card can only pass through audio over S/PDIF, it does not do any decoding to send the sounds to the proper channel.

I had the same problem, but with a set of Klipsch GMX-D 5.1's, and the only way I could find to fix it was to buy another sound system that has the three 3.5mm plugs.
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January 16, 2010 4:12:32 AM

Not RCA plugs.



3.5mm, headphone jack-sized, the green, black (or gray), and orange jacks are the ones you want. Now, if they are connected to an RCA adapter (to make it the red and white cables), it will be converted to static left and right channels, effectively giving you 2.0 sound.

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January 16, 2010 5:49:38 AM

So essentially i need the equivalent of the bottom illustration for my system to work? Where each of the 3.5mm go to their respective ports on the sound card and the 2 RCAs lead to the amplifier. That would give me 5.1?
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January 16, 2010 4:27:01 PM

The problem is that your X-Fi is not capable of DDL or DTS Connect encoding with out purchasing a separate driver package.
As such, it will only output a stereo PCM signal (uncompressed 2 channel audio) or pass through a pre-encoded DD or DTS signal.

If you want to give Creative more money, they will enable the encoding features present on your card :pfff: 
The driver package is $4.72 and can be Located Here.
After installing, you will be given the option to output 5.1 surround through your cards TOSLINK.
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January 16, 2010 5:00:31 PM

Even then, it may not work properly, knowing Creative.
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January 17, 2010 12:11:26 AM

outlw6669 said:
The problem is that your X-Fi is not capable of DDL or DTS Connect encoding with out purchasing a separate driver package.
As such, it will only output a stereo PCM signal (uncompressed 2 channel audio) or pass through a pre-encoded DD or DTS signal.

If you want to give Creative more money, they will enable the encoding features present on your card :pfff: 
The driver package is $4.72 and can be Located Here.
After installing, you will be given the option to output 5.1 surround through your cards TOSLINK.



yesss! outlaw you are my savior, i installed the patch from creative, and meesed around with the settings and it finally worked, 5.1 surround for my games and movies and my music now hits each speaker, thank you very much, all this with an optical link, no need for the green, grey and orange outputs in my case
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January 17, 2010 12:05:06 PM

Glad it worked.
Make sure to not lose the activation key,.
If you do and you need to reinstall Windows or your drivers, you will have to shell more cash out to Creative.

Quick tip, enable DTS connect over DDL.
DTS encodes the audio stream at a higher bitrate and your receiver is capable of decoding it.
I doubt you would be able to tell the difference between DD and DTS just by listening to it but might as well go for the top settings available ;) 
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January 17, 2010 1:42:00 PM

I just wish that I would have known that a year ago. I had a badass set of Klipsch GMX's and could never figure out how to get 5.1 to work, other than in DD which was only during movies. I've since put that set in my living room and bought a Logitech Z-530's. *is sad*
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January 17, 2010 3:08:27 PM

Creative and their *wonderful* business models :pfff: 
I would be willing to bet that if they have any truly satisfied customers it is only because said customers have never tried any of the competitors products.
Really, making you pay extra to enable a feature that should have been working from the beginning?
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January 17, 2010 9:23:11 PM

Yeah, that's pretty much shitty. But, honestly, I did notice better sound quality than my Realtek output on my motherboard. Plus, Realtek only just recently came out with their "3D Soundback" or whatever it's called to let DirectSound3D audio run in Vista/7, which Creative has had through ALchemy for a long time now. This in itself is worth it for me, as I love positional audio, and was the reason I bought my XtremeGamer.
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January 18, 2010 7:42:50 AM

Perhaps, but just about anything aftermarket sound better than onboard sound.
Try comparing the similarly priced Xonar DX (which supports EAX 2-5 and enables it much easier in Vista/7) to the XtremeGamer and the Creative card will be made to sound like your old onboard :p 
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January 28, 2010 1:47:52 AM

Best answer selected by minisam66.
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April 17, 2012 8:54:23 PM

+1 for that link, best £4 I ever spent!
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April 18, 2012 6:05:19 AM

i just plugged everything into the back of my sound card and got 5.1 surround. but the front panel is stereo...
i have the same card and it is capable of 7.1 surround
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