Yeah but the Xbox 360 for instance allowed for a Dolby Digital out for music, that sounded great, plus the usual Prologic affair, etc.
I was expecting this to do the same thing, and make the quality better, but it just hasn't, so I kind of feel a bit put out by it.
I think I will use the 360 for my audio once I get it back from now on, until I get a better sound card that is. The X-fi sounds muddy to me, and I have the bass/treble in Windows set to 50%.
I've tried to find a way to make it so the bass and treble isn't messed around with, and instead is controlled purely by the speakers, but don't know how to achieve that.
Well, I have it outputting using Dolby Digital now, by setting it to Bitstream out, rather than the sound card converting over in Digital mode.
So now its outputting a ACC 5.1 surround sound file using Dolby Digital
It also has the enhancement of disabling the Sound cards bass/treble settings, so I can use the speakers instead, as the muddy sound has now gone, at least on this surround file.
Found out its working due to a plugin I installed:
AC3 Filter Project Spdif
Bi-passes everything so the speakers get a pure signal with no processing.
Optical even sounds a lot better than Analog now for standard audio files. Tonnes better.