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I just got my Asus Xonar DG sound card, and got it all installed fine, drivers from the site and everything. I'm using ATH-A700's which is why I got the DG, for the amp. This is my first dedicated sound card and first pair of headphones that weren't $20. I just want to know how to set up everything in the audio center. Things like how many channels, sample rate, ohm gain tuning, dolby, 7.1, etc... I'm going to be using it mostly for gaming and some tv show watching.
 
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8 Channel
96Khz Sampling
Highest Ohm gain
Flat EQ
Enable Dobly/HG/GX
Match analog output source w/ speaker/headhphone setup

Done!
 
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8 Channel
96Khz Sampling
Highest Ohm gain
Flat EQ
Enable Dobly/HG/GX
Match analog output source w/ speaker/headhphone setup

Done!
One thing to note is that those are not ideal setting for listening to music, but are great for gaming, etc.

I had a similar question when I got mine and found a great thread for music settings, let me see if I can find it.
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8 Channel
96Khz Sampling
Highest Ohm gain
Flat EQ
Enable Dobly/HG/GX
Match analog output source w/ speaker/headhphone setup

Done!

Thanks!! do you know anywhere I can download a free Flac/lossless audio sample to test it? I'm hearing a slight static? noise while playing music.
 
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I just got done DL Queens greatest hits in Flac and I sill hear a static/shhhh type sound when the song gets quite. It's not that big of a deal, just didn't know if there was a fix.

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One thing to note is that those are not ideal setting for listening to music, but are great for gaming, etc.

I had a similar question when I got mine and found a great thread for music settings, let me see if I can find it.
That would be great if you could find it, I'd really appreciate it.
 
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Is the static like noise present for all songs? If not, it's likely a poor recording. I went from onboard and JVC rx500 to Xonar DG and akg k240s and noticed certain parts of certain songs sounded coarse all of a sudden.

This thread has a great example of a poor recording. It should help you identify them in the future. Also consider using Pro-gaming Mode as your gain setting. The highest setting, Exciter Mode, is for headphones with an impedance of more than 64ohms. It looks like your a700's have an impedance of 64ohms. Pro-gaming Mode is for 32-64ohms. My akg k240s have an impedance of 55ohms; I use Pro-gaming Mode.

For music settings, I keep everything default (except gain settings). You won't hear a difference using 8 channels over 2 channels because most songs are only 2 channel. Same with upsampling, no point in using 96 KHz when most songs are 44.1 KHz. I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea to leave these settings at 8 channels and 96 KHz for convenience (not having to change back and forth(music to games), but they won't make a difference for music most of the time.

I don't like dolby headphone for music. There was 1 song I remember not sounding awful with it, but your headphones are different than mine. Love it for videos and some games though.
    
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I just got done DL Queens greatest hits in Flac and I sill hear a static/shhhh type sound when the song gets quite. It's not that big of a deal, just didn't know if there was a fix.
Good question, there will always be a slight white-noise in the back, esp w/o high end audiophile gear(amps/dacs).A great deal of the recording noise can attributed to studio recording methods, dont worry about it to much as OLDER audio such as pre-95'ish tracks can have more static than newly recorded tracks(due to resampling EQs and arguably the "mainstreaming" of audio boost tech).

If anything, try reinstalling drivers, or using a different audio output.
 
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Good question, there will always be a slight white-noise in the back, esp w/o high end audiophile gear(amps/dacs).A great deal of the recording noise can attributed to studio recording methods, dont worry about it to much as OLDER audio such as pre-95'ish tracks can have more static than newly recorded tracks(due to resampling EQs and arguably the "mainstreaming" of audio boost tech).

If anything, try reinstalling drivers, or using a different audio output.
That's kinda what I was thinking, I mean for $120 headphones and a $11 sound card it sounds great to me. Also the Flac album I was listening to was dated 1981 and I thought that also, recording equipment wasn't perfect back then.


Thanks everyone for the help, It defiantly sounds good with games so I'm happy. It's not like I'm going to re download all my music in Flac anyways. Also I downloaded Foobar2000 and that made it sound a bit better also.
 
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