Msi Z97 Gaming 5 Audio Boost technology issue

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I have plugged the Audio Boost 2pin cable into molex and turned the switch downwards from "AudioBoost" logo... but i tryed unplugging that cable and keeping the switch downwards, the sound was still there and the same...

what does this technology really do?
why should i plug that cable into molex to use more power from psu ?

please give me all reasons and all explanations as the manual says just few words about it .

i was hoping this would bump my speaker quality a bit more.
 

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Taken from the product page....


Direct Audio Power

Enjoy a heavy caliber audio experience with Direct Audio Power. A dedicated power input to Audio Boost 2 allows for a more powerful and stable power delivery, resulting in a more explosive and pure sound experience.


Basically, they're saying that the sound will be more explosive (ie each gunshot/shot) will have more and better 'explosive' sound behind it if you use the added power supply delivery method.

Instead of drawing from the motherboards +5V, it will draw straight from the connector and be able to draw more current and provide a larger contast (or more bass most likely) to the sound, making it feel more immersive and lifelike. At least, that's my interpretation of the information that is available. It doesn't really talk or detail about providing a 'better quality' sound. So I wouldn't expect that.
 

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hmm ok , thanks for explaining . but would this help my corsair sp2500's at all? if its just for the bass, dont my speakers ahve seperate amplifiers built in each speaker and sub ?

EDIT : my problem with Corsair sP2500 is that the sub does more earthquake shyt than actualy "pounding kicks" maybe you can help me set it up along with realtek panel?

i just want clean kicking bass from this subwoofer

EDIT 2 :
Code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7w_ZtCdnDA
that is the test sound for example.
listen from 1:00 to 1:10 for example.. that bass is very vibrating and my sub just does an earthquake the whole time...
here is how my EQ looks like


and my SP2500 POD settings are
program : none
EQ : action gaming.
 

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If it's earthquake '[***CENSORED***]' instead of pounding kicks, it could be a few things. That point in the song doesn't really have 'kicks'. It's more a steady, constant sound.
The very very beginning of that video actually has what I might consider a 'kick'...or a 'punch' to it.

I have a Asus Xonar sound card with a old old old Logitech Z5500 speaker system, and I have zero issues. I get a very crisp and clean punch at the beginning of that video, and at the 1:00 mark I get more a constant lighter punch for 10 seconds or so.

Could it be that your entire sub is just vibrating on the floor? As dumb as that might sound, it's not impossible.
 

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yeah it is vibrating on the floor at 1:00  but like you , at start i get very nice clean kicking... but from 1:00 that buzzing woof woof is so headache...

im using internal soundcard with that amp booster through molex connector too ...
like you said its constant vibration from 1:00 yes ... so there is no way to get rid of that but to buy a expensive  soundcard?

the sub vibrates very hard making all my table (2piece desk) and floors and wardrobe and everything in the room vibrate...
im not so good with audio, but im definetly like you say "audiophile" because i love good quality music :D
 

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Well....if the floor and everything else is vibrating, that generally means your room can't handle the bass. And that you're over driving the sub a bit IMHO. I can make my concrete basement floor shake along with my desk and other things in my basement using my computer speakers, but I don't because it is pointless.

Turn down your bass levels a little bit or lower your sound volume so that way you do not have everything shaking, including the sub woofer.
 

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thats exactly the problem.. if i turn down the bass... there is none at all then...
if i turn it up just a little (to the point where it actualy is working) its vibrating everything...

my subwoofer is under desk in corner btw... its placed in corner like -> \ 
if you understand that? basically its not along the wall in corner .. its like in triangle position in corner...
 

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It should be possible to go into your sound settings and turn off the bass boost maybe? If you turn off the bass boost and then gradually increase the bass levels in the equalizer, you might have better results.

But I can't find the setting right now, since I'm on my tablet and not my desktop. But I would take a look around. It should be possible to adjust it as you require in order to get what you want out of it.
 

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hmm , i am not sure of what bass boost you are talking about. if you dont mind please show me a pic?

right now i have disabled all sound effects within pc sound devices for my speakers.
and speakers are using just the pods settings at the moment. but the bass just isnt good like that, its oofing and winding more than kicking.
 

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I will try and look into it a bit more.

I do not personally have a Z97 Gaming 5, so I it will be difficult to replicate the problem. But maybe later today after I get some things done around the house I will try and see what I can come up with.

On another note, if you are an audiophile, I might suggest getting a speaker system with a digital input, as that might help alleviate some of the pains you are experiencing. :)
 

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digital input is the white + red plugs? i dont know :)

what speakers would you recommend for budget? no more than what SP2500 cost? because i would sell these then... mind you i need a subwoofer too :) because i love good theatre quality
 

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If it was me. I'd save up your money and buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121050&cm_re=logitech_speakers-_-36-121-050-_-Product

That's just me though.
 

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i dont need or want 5.1 system , so ...  :rolleyes:
i had (still have somewhere) logitech x530 5.1 surround. the rear speakers dont play at all for some reason, even when enabling virtual surround to make rear as stereo.

i just want these corsair sp2500 subwoofer to sound nicer
 

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Can you set your SP2500 to a flat line equalizer? This way you can fine tune the output via your computer instead? I'm not sure if it has the ability to adjust the equalizer in some way, but I want to think it does from what I remember.
 

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hmm , to my knowledge that would be
Program : None
and EQ : Reference?
correct?

maybe you have skype or steam ? we could figure this out quicker over one or other ? unless you want to stay here for everyone to know how to manage the subwoofer ;D
 

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tomashen said:
hmm , to my knowledge that would be
Program : None
and EQ : Reference?
correct?

maybe you have skype or steam ? we could figure this out quicker over one or other ? unless you want to stay here for everyone to know how to manage the subwoofer ;D
I do but my time at a computer at home is becoming more and more limited due to the many obligations I have. I take doing the support here very seriously, but life is just as important unfortunately.

I would assume that those settings should be correct. If you adjust the bass very slowly on your computer/sound cards EQ you should be able to get it to a point where it works well. But again, it all depends on the volume. Obviously the louder you go, the more likely you will hear the thumping of other objects around your room, and possibly even the bass rattling against the floor. There won't be much you can do about that.

What worked for me was I actually have a network switch and 1 or 2 other pieces of hardware sitting right on top of my subwoofer. I don't generally turn it up loud anyway, but still, it helps to keep it planted. It's also sitting on carpet, which probably helps dampen the amount of vibrations directly going to my basement floor. Maybe try putting a small blanket or carpet under neath the sub?
 

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so which bars should i touch for the bass ? the first 3 lowest bars?

my sub is on carpet too and under desk in corner(the desk is corner desk, if thats the right word for it) im afraid i dont have anything to put on the sub.

i will give it a shot now with EQ.
 

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tomashen said:
so which bars should i touch for the bass ? the first 3 lowest bars?

my sub is on carpet too and under desk in corner(the desk is corner desk, if thats the right word for it) im afraid i dont have anything to put on the sub.

i will give it a shot now with EQ.
The lowest 2 or 3 bars are what you really should be messing with. Anything higher than 200 Hz most likely won't be seen by the sub anyway.
 

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thats how i have it now , but now bass isnt there unless it is very hard boom from any sound.
 

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Try turning up the 125 Hz a little bit more. Make it even with the 62 Hz bar and see how that sounds.

If that still is not up to the levels you want, slowly increase the 31 and 62 Hz bars.

Those 3 main bars are what are going to dictate the bass levels. It may take quite a  bit of messing around to get it right.
 
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