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Alright, so I'm having a problem with my speaker volume with my STX. Let me start off by saying my headphone volume is fine (although I have my STX connected to a dedicated tube amp).

From my STX, I have the RCA connector going to my Yamaha receiver. From the receiver, I have 5.1 bookshelf speakers.

When I switch to 2 speakers in the ASUS control panel, the volume is incredibly low (barely audible). If I jack up the volume on my receiver, I can get decent volumes, however there is a lot of background noise coming from the speakers. I would like to be able to get audible sound at a reasonable receiver volume to avoid the background noise. Plus, when I switch in and out of speaker/headphones, I get a loud pop that would surely damage the speakers over time.
     
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So you have the analog out coming from your STX, to your receiver, and then to your speakers? That seems somewhat redundant, to have two/three amplification stages...assuming your speakers are passive and have no volume control.

Have you tried, unsurprisingly, just jacking the STX directly out to your speakers?
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My speakers use banana plugs, the STX only has RCA.
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xxicrimsonixx View Post

My speakers use banana plugs, the STX only has RCA.

Then I don't think you can solve this "issue". Since there is no way to bypass the receiver, the only other way noise could be induced is from the RCA cable itself.
Edited by DVLux - 10/18/15 at 6:47am
post #5 of 8
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Then I don't think you can solve this "issue". Since there is no way to bypass the receiver, the only other way noise could be induced is from the RCA cable itself.

I should mention that it used to work fine as it is currently set up. It just stopped working properly all of a sudden. I cannot roll back as I have upgraded to Windows 10 sometime after it stopped working. I don't know when exactly it stopped working properly because I don't use the speakers a whole lot, I mostly use headphones.
     
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post #6 of 8
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Basically took the STX out, and used a USB DAC to my headphones. I have the speakers connected via 3.5mm > RCA from the motherboard sound card to the receiver and volume levels are fine this way. Instead of having a switch in the audio control panel to switch between headphones and speakers, I go to system sounds > playback devices and either set the default playback to the USB sound card or the motherboard outputs. Works great.
     
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I don't really understand why you are not using HDMI or optical (with DDL or DTS) to connect the PC to your receiver...
The Yamaha receiver is vintage and doesn't have HDMI or optical inputs?
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It has but the way i have it currently set up, i dont need optical inputs. Plus I am using multiple monitors, so it doesnt really work to connect the reciever through HDMI. Maybe if I was using a single monitor.
     
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