'Problems' with New Sound Card

I recently replaced a broken sound card with a Creative 'Sound Blaster! Live 24-bit 7.1 card.
What I'm getting when I put it on my speaker's is a 'hollow' sound when folks talk (say in Civ4 and Leonard is talking. (by 'hollow' I mean it echos as if there talking to me in big, empty hanger).Also, for some games (well you know, AA) when I use headphones, I get muffled or indistinct directional sounds. I did not have any of these problems with my old SB Live! Value card. Is there some sort of option that I'm missing that I need to click on somewhere to correct this 'problem'? (to be more clear this does not happen in every game I play as far as I can determine).

Thanks.

make sure EAX is turned off, that is of course if that option is available on the soundblaster live.

Gaald wrote:

make sure EAX is turned off, that is of course if that option is available on the soundblaster live.

O.k. Thanks. I'll check on that. I thought I did, but maybe not.

Yeah, that sounds exactly like an EAX problem.