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Recommended settings for Xonar Essence STX

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ohai guys. I recently purchased a Xonar Essence STX and was wondering what the optimal settings were. Atm my settings are:
-Flat EQ
-Output set to headphones @ 44.1khz
-Environment is set to plain from default of generic. Seems to be cleaner
-Hi-Fi mode enabled
-everything else default

BTW I use this for games so I need really good directional sound. I thought about enabling dolby headphones but i'm not rly sure about it since it sounds awful.
Edited by Pyroh - 8/10/11 at 7:52am
    
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Your already using them tongue.gif

I personally HATE dolby headphone and DDL. I never use them and have never had an issue identifying direction and location in FPS games. If your using open back headphones that have decent soundstage, you should be fine.


2 Channel
44.1 KHz
Dolby garbage off.
DSPs off.
Turning on Hi-Fi DSP supposedly disabled all other DSPs, so you can use that if you want. I personally don't think it does anything if you already have it all off as I cannot hear any difference.

If your using the headphones, leave it on headphones.
If your using the SPDIF out or the RCA Line Outs, probably bet to put it on 2 Speaker. ( I dont see a reason to have the onboard headphone amp on if your not using it.)

Unfortunately, the DAC on the the STX does not automatically change the sample rate based on content, but the majority of your music tracks should be 44.1KHz. If you have anything at like 96KHz you can manually change it when you listen to that.
    
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ATM my directional sound isn't too precise but imo it's almost definitely cuz my phones are really bad. I'm using this awful budget gaming headset called the Plantronics Gamecom 777. Can't wait til my paycheck comes on the 15th to get AKG K 701s. From what i've heard the bass isn't light like the AD700s and has even better directionality than the AD700s.
    
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OP, environmental effects are turned off when you have hi-fi mode enabled. there is no way that changing its value will change your sound. it's just your own expectations playing tricks on you.
Edited by cuad - 8/10/11 at 7:22pm
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Yes I recently found that out. I found out that when i changed environmental settings while hi-fi mode was turned on it turned off hi-fi mode. So i just set Hi-Fi mode to enabled and now theres no echoing shortly after a pause. Perfect biggrin.gif
    
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