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So I just got a Xonar DG today. Installed it, drivers were sort of a pain in the ass and I had to go into safe mode to get them to install properly. I disabled onboard and used safe mode driver cleaner and all that jazz. Headphones are ATH-AD700s.

So here's my issue: when running the Headphone mode in the Asus audio center, I get a very slight static noise in the background. It sounds like a whistling noise rather than plain white noise. It's very slight and only really noticeable when there is no other sound playing.

I tried fiddling with a variety of settings in there and I can fix it, but I'm not sure it's the best way. I change the speaker mode from headphones to 2 speakers. This sounds perfectly fine to my ears so far, but I don't know exactly what the difference is between the two modes. It seems to me that I would prefer to use the headphone mode.

So should I return this thing? Anybody got a clever fix for me? Or should I just live with 2 speaker mode and hope that the static doesn't spread in the future?
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post #2 of 15
Must be that when you switch to speaker mode, you lose the use of the amp. Consequently, that noise doesn't get amped.

That's totally a guess on my part anyway. You probably just bought a brick since mine didn't have any issues, or your computer isn't the best environment. I would return it, obviously.
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So I've been playing with it a little more and while listening to the microphone, I noticed the same high-pitched whistling sound. I can only conclude that the problem is some kind of interference in my case or possibly a bad card. Either way, I'm going to have to replace it I think.
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Chances are you're getting interference from the front panel wiring. Try your headphones plugged directly into your sound card.
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Chances are you're getting interference from the front panel wiring. Try your headphones plugged directly into your sound card.
I don't have the front panel connected. I just generally prefer the back connectors.
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post #6 of 15
What mode are you in? <32 ohms, 32>64, or 64+?
The static is just the amp. it's normal. 32>64 ohm mode on my current DG has ALOT less static then 64 ohm, and it sounds the same.
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What mode are you in? <32 ohms, 32>64, or 64+?
The static is just the amp. it's normal. 32>64 ohm mode on my current DG has ALOT less static then 64 ohm, and it sounds the same.
It's definitely audible in each mode, but it gets louder as you increase the impedance mode.
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Never had a problem like this on my DX, you said the drivers were a pain, are you using the latest release or the cd? I wonder if something in your case could be interfering with the signal, check for any loose wires or bare connections, may not fix it but it is just a good thing to do.
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Never had a problem like this on my DX, you said the drivers were a pain, are you using the latest release or the cd? I wonder if something in your case could be interfering with the signal, check for any loose wires or bare connections, may not fix it but it is just a good thing to do.
The drivers installation sequence would not conclude. The bar filled up, but it never finished and it didn't work. I installed it in safe mode and it worked just fine.
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Weird, never heard of anything like this.
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