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The problem is the sound is very echoed, especially if the song includes vocals and general sounds in videogames seem to be very low. An example would be in CS: GO, when I fire a weapon, the sound is very low compared to everything else. I searched for a solution to the problem but since I am writing this, I could not find one, only a temporary fix (I hope). I am using the default settings in the Xonar Audio Center, I disabled my on board audio on my computer, as told to by the the manual, I also reinstalled it, just in case something went wrong with the installation but nothing changed. I did however find one way to fix the problem but at a pretty major cost. If I go into the mixer settings and turn the left/right headphone down and keep the other up, the sound will equal out and get a lot clear but it comes at the cost of being deaf on that side in 3D games, meaning I can't hear what is going on, on the right side but the sound will still come out of both sides. Anyway to fix this?
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Try going to the effect tab and resetting everything to default.
    
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Thank you for the suggestion but sadly, it doesn't fix it.
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A quick update: I found a way to make it sound better by going into the mixer and putting the levels different. Example is one being 100 and the other being 80. The sound is much more clear sounding but in 3D games, sounds on the 80 side don't register as loud as the other side. If I leave it on 100/100 the sound is very echoed and sounds are extremely low, such as a weapon firing or in-game speech.
post #5 of 10
Use Unixonar drivers when you run to problems. (new version released few days ago)
And install in safe-mode if you run to problems with installing the Unixonars.

The Environment effects tab causes echo. Make absolutely sure that none of those effects are on (buttons glowing blue).
Edited by Tiihokatti - 1/9/14 at 1:41am
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Thank you for your help and suggestion but the problem is still there, could it be my headphones? I'm using the Ultrasone Pro 550.
I'll just keep using the temporary fix for now.
post #7 of 10
Ya, it sounds like (pun intended) Dolby Headphone or one of those weird DSP effects is enabled when it shouldn't be.

Uninstall your drivers and use the unixonar drivers + xonarswitch, you should've done that in the first place anyway tongue.gif. Don't settle for a temp fix: you paid for a great sound card, so you should get quality sound.
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I did a clean install, got rid of all the old drivers and reinstalled the Uni Xonar drivers (UNi Xonar 1816/1822 v1.72 latest) and the Xonarswitch but the problem is still there. Is there any screenshots I can take or some other way I could give more info? Could the card be faulty in anyway?
post #9 of 10
Sounds like a hardware problem. The left/right channel could be bleeding into each other, or something else could be going on. Is there anything unusual about the PCB itself?

Changing the Amp gain doesn't do anything, does it? If you have an appropriate adapter lying around, you could even try running your headphones from the RCA speaker out on your card. If that clears up the sound, changing the op-amp (very cheap) may fix your card.

Otherwise, I'd RMA it.
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post #10 of 10
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Ah, okay. I tried the amp gain and it didn't change anything, just made it louder but thank you for your suggestion. I'm going to try and RMA it for now mainly because I don't have an adapter for your suggestion. Thank you for your help and I hope RMAi'ing it solves the problem. biggrin.gif

Update: After some more testing I found out it was my headphones that were the problem. Thanks for all your help, once again.
Edited by Akanen - 1/9/14 at 2:15pm
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