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Setting up an ASUS Xonar DX

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I picked up and installed the card yesterday, and after messing around with the stock drivers refusing to work I finally found the unified drivers and downloaded/installed them using the ASUS control panel option. I've briefly tested it out in games turning different options off and on to see what I feel is the best setup but in some games it just doesn't sound all that great and everything seems distant and muffled without any real definition.

I currently have it set to run in the 8CH input mode, with headphone output and Dolby Headphone/GX selected. In games where it gives the option for sound I select 7.1 surround and let the card do what I was hoping it would. With the DH and GX settings I tend to have the muffled audio, and things seem clearer when deselecting them and using plain jane headphone mode in games/audio panel but without the semi-positional audio I was hoping to achieve. I only game with headphones, currently a set of Sennheiser PC151 and soon to be an upgrade to Senn HD558's.

Anyone have any tips and tricks on setting this up? It was much simpler in the past with my X-FI card and older games using EAX etc. These days I've been playing

Planetside 2
Source engine games
Starcraft 2
Diablo 2

EDIT: What sample rate do I use? What bit rate? I'm feeling very noobish
Edited by Varinn - 12/4/12 at 7:15pm
post #2 of 4
I'm with you.

I tried doing 8 CH + Dolby Digital + 5.1 (No 7.1 in CS:GO) in game and it just sounded... worse. I just left it at 8 ch and 5.1 in-game (With Dolby off) and seem to do fine. Not sure if there is major difference between regular headphones settings and the ones I use though (If any).

Edit: I have a Xonar DG but as far as I know its the same thing, just a different port.
Edited by Bboy500 - 12/4/12 at 8:20pm
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Acer C720
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-6500 - 3.2 Ghz Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Evga GTX 960 FTW+ 2 GB  CORSAIR Vengeance LPX - 8 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Windows 8.1 Dell S2414H Razer Blackwidow (2013) 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Evga 100B-B1 600W  DIYPC Cuboid-R Black/Red Aluminum Razer Deathadder BE SteelSeries Qck+ 
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Xonar DG Samson Go Mic 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Celeron - N2955U 1.7 Ghz HD 3000 Acer - Generic 4GB 16 GB SSD 
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post #3 of 4
Here is a misconception of sound. Just cause your PC can do the 8ch doesn't mean the headphones can. If you have a decent set of headphone you can get a decent sound from 5.1. If you have a good pair that have all the sound drivers to do 7.1 then it will sound better. But to hear 8 chan you need a dedicated stereo with all 8 speakers. Otherwise it will sound distant garbled and overall bland.
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I'll try scaling back the channel count and see how I can improve it, I was not truly expecting any miracles but I swear it sounded better before with my X-Plosion card on my old build. I'll experiment with using, and not using the dolby headphone feature as I'm not entirely sure it's having a good effect on gaming audio. I was mostly just hoping to have some crisp clear sound from the card and positional audio similarities are a bonus, but not at the expense of overall sound quality. As it stands overall quality is greatly impacted and sounds muddy, distant, and just overall quite bland.
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