Creative Sound Blaster X7 & XM7 bass problem

The Keeper

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I recently bought X7 Limited Edition + E-MU XM7 bundle, got them set up and all appears to work as expected. But bass is lackluster, which is unlike various reviews I've read and watched. I've also seen a few YouTube videos, such as this one and this one which shows how the drivers visibly vibrate. While I can certainly feel the vibrations on mine when I touch the drivers, they barely visibly vibrate at all even during heaviest of bass.

As per Creative's XM7 setup guide, 8 ohms is selected in X7, also tried 4 ohms but no difference (speakers are 6 ohms). X7 is connected to my desktop computer or laptop via USB cable (Windows 10 and USB 3.0 in both cases). I've also tried to play music on my Android phone via Bluetooth, with same results. Having gone through the X7 manual, I didn't notice anything amiss.

I've fiddled with Windows sound settings, tried different default bitrates and frequencies, also checked and unchecked full range speakers. I've also tried with Creative's SBX effects on, without them and with "Direct Mode" enabled, which bypasses DSP entirely. Bass is in all cases missing.

I've updated X7 firmware to the latest version and also using the latest X7 drivers.

Found this thread in which someone apparently has same issues on USB, but RCA works well. I tried 3.5mm Line-In and there was no difference. When I get the chance, I will try S/PDIF as well, but can't do that until later next week. But chances are high that won't do anything either.

What could possibly be the problem here?
 
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Full range, make sure you have no subwoofer enabled.

Maybe you just expected too much? Bookshelves, even good ones, can't equal an actual subwoofer. An excellent bookshelf goes down to about 48 Hz, whereas a small sub will hit 25 and a larger one below 20 Hz.
 
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Yeah what is your reference for sound?

I seem to recall reading that those were a bit light in the bass, but that some mode on the X7 made them sound fuller. Did you try any of the modes specifically set for them on the X7?

Specially Designed for Sound Blaster X7
We thought about how you could bring out the best in your Sound Blaster X7. Hook up your Sound Blaster X7 to the E-MU XM7 so it will reproduce every detail and texture of your audio with pristine clarity.

Blockbuster movies. Live music concerts. Intense gaming. We've got you covered. So, you will have an additional enhancement for your entertainment. For discerning ears, you can connect, and enjoy a warm and easy listening or you can also adjust the settings for a flat and neutral response for audio monitoring.

When paired with the Sound Blaster X7, these modes will be available for selection:

  • Energetic - Suitable for movies and games
  • Neutral - Suitable for reference and monitoring use
  • Warm - Recommended for easy audio music enjoyment
I'd wager that Warm is the setting you'd want.
 

The Keeper

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I tried the Warm preset and it did improve music listening tremendously. I had kept it at neutral. Thank you!
 

bookofthoth

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I recently bought X7 Limited Edition + E-MU XM7 bundle, got them set up and all appears to work as expected. But bass is lackluster, which is unlike various reviews I've read and watched. I've also seen a few YouTube videos, such as this one and this one which shows how the drivers visibly vibrate. While I can certainly feel the vibrations on mine when I touch the drivers, they barely visibly vibrate at all even during heaviest of bass.

As per Creative's XM7 setup guide, 8 ohms is selected in X7, also tried 4 ohms but no difference (speakers are 6 ohms). X7 is connected to my desktop computer or laptop via USB cable (Windows 10 and USB 3.0 in both cases). I've also tried to play music on my Android phone via Bluetooth, with same results. Having gone through the X7 manual, I didn't notice anything amiss.

I've fiddled with Windows sound settings, tried different default bitrates and frequencies, also checked and unchecked full range speakers. I've also tried with Creative's SBX effects on, without them and with "Direct Mode" enabled, which bypasses DSP entirely. Bass is in all cases missing.

I've updated X7 firmware to the latest version and also using the latest X7 drivers.

Found this thread in which someone apparently has same issues on USB, but RCA works well. I tried 3.5mm Line-In and there was no difference. When I get the chance, I will try S/PDIF as well, but can't do that until later next week. But chances are high that won't do anything either.

What could possibly be the problem here?
I found the same, and accidentally stumbled upon better solution than buying a sub. It started when I found the volume just WAY too loud for my taste, so I used this pre-amp software (Equilizer APO) to bring my entire OS down to -30dB. Once down to -30dB, I noticed the bass volume increased considerably when I cranked the Windows volume up! As in, I could actually play trance music and enjoy the bass like God intended.

Now I enjoy full rolling basslines, and incredible sound and love the setup!
 

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