Originally Posted by big_blue
Are you saying that I need to be able to set them as rears to get the proper sound out of them?
No, that is not what I saying, the quality of the sound is not affected at all by sending what could be sent to a back channel is sent to a side channel instead.
I can't get stressed out with this stuff, I love it. I spend as much time tinkering as I do just using my system. I have not finished going over your specs, got sidetracked. Glad to see you figured out that attachment thing.
Anyway, I'm confused by your recent posts as to how you now have things setup. Are you saying you now have the Windows control panel set for 5.1 and your speakers connected to the front, side, and center/sub connectors on your computer? In Maiko, the status log is saying 5.1 output and the matrix mixer is set to manual mode and the top 4 rows and last 2 rows of the first 2 columns allow you to enter numbers?
If this is what you see on the mixer panel, then the .bin file that was created when you had your Windows control panel set for 7.1 was not correctly updated (imo) when you changed that to 5.1. Or, a second .bin file was created for the 5.1 configuration and Makio is somehow using both .bin files to allow you to setup the mixer. I recall you saying before that the 5th and 6th rows would not accept inputs, has that changed? I believe SilverBird775 will be interested in this result.
On my system, when the status log says 5.1 only the top 6 rows of the mixer are active. If this is what you see (or saw before things changed), then your speakers that are connected to the side connector should not have been reproducing sound, since that mixer configuration should send sound to the back connector instead of the side connector.
Slaving, or not, to the input channels will not degrade anything. That just forces the output channels to match the input channels when its enabled. If you have stereo in, you will get stereo out with no upmixing to any other channels. From what I understand, exclusive mode always bypasses the Windows mixer when the Maiko/WA volume control is set full on. The exclusive mode options just control how you want the mode to work.
Some users wanted to bypass the Windows mixer but still have stereo output even if they were setup for more than 2 speakers, so the slaving option was added. They wanted the output to always match the source. When the source was multi-channel provide multi-channel output and when the source was stereo provide stereo output. By default, Maiko matches the output to the speaker setup, always upmixing to match a multi-channel speaker setup.
I would agree that using the Windows mixer (in shared mode) gives you a poorer sound.
As to the popping/slight static, maybe you missed SilverBird775's warning not the change the delay values while a song is playing. Just stop and restart the song and the noise should go away.