Originally Posted by gman51
I just replaced an older sound card with a Xonar Essence ST. It's working but the volume is much too low with both headphones or speakers. I have every option available (that I know) turned all the way up, including the sound control in W7, Spotify and the Card control, itself. In the Xonar Sound Center it's set to 2 speaker, sample rate of PCM 96, Headphone analog output and SPFDIF is set to PCM.
Any suggestions on what might work?
Make sure the power is plugged into the back of the card.
I own the Essence STX version. When you select headphones, make sure to click on that hammer icon next to it, to change the gain level to what your headphone is rated at. I use the headphone out the back of the card, not the front connection.
You can't do this with the 3rd party driver, you have to do it with the Asus driver software. For whatever reason its missing in the 3rd party driver, or it was the last time I tried it.
You might have done this already, I don't know.