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A latency improvement? Interesting.

BTW, be sure to use XonarSwitch instead of the default Asus application too.

Oh, when I said there was an improvement, in this case, I mean sound. xD But yeah, there might have been a slight latency improvement as well. I think it averaged ~10 less of whatever those units are with this card installed and the onboard audio disabled.

And what's XonarSwitch?


An optional part of the UniXonar drivers:

http://maxedtech.com/xonarswitch-beta-testing/


The normal Asus utility gives me DPC latency problems whenever I have it open. But XonarSwitch is fine. Since responsiveness is a priority for you, I highly recommend closing the Asus control panel and preventing it from starting up, and just use XonarSwitch instead.




EDIT: Oh, and one more thing. If you want some kind of surround virtualization (I'm guessing you play competetive games?), Razer Surround or Dolby Atmos sound much better than the Dolby Headphone on the soundcard, just FYI
Edited by brucethemoose - 4/13/17 at 2:36pm
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An optional part of the UniXonar drivers:

http://maxedtech.com/xonarswitch-beta-testing/


The normal Asus utility gives me DPC latency problems whenever I have it open. But XonarSwitch is fine. Since responsiveness is a priority for you, I highly recommend closing the Asus control panel and preventing it from starting up, and just use XonarSwitch instead.




EDIT: Oh, and one more thing. If you want some kind of surround virtualization (I'm guessing you play competetive games?), Razer Surround or Dolby Atmos sound much better than the Dolby Headphone on the soundcard, just FYI

Yeah, I'm not so sure I even have that Asus Control Panel thing. Can't find it anywhere on my computer. This is the driver I got when I went to the site. I don't notice any latency problems, but of course, if it could get better... ;p

And yeah, I used the Virtual Surround on the last driver that was installed; I think it was Realtek's..? I like playing with it, but I don't have that option anymore. Idk where to go from here, cuz I have no experience with anything audio-related lol.

This is what shows up in my Taskbar, and Speaker properties. Nothing really special there.
    
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You probably clicked the low DPC latency option, which doesn't even install the Asus utility. Perfect.


XonarSwitch auto-updates, here's the link from that same site:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/i3ta8fs33tojvsl/XonarSwitch.zip?dl=1&token_hash=AAEOX7kYSd8l7gOE_qy1eehTCytBnmGmIj0sqxocA33Dvw


As for surround virtualization, you can try Dolby Headphone once you install XonarSwitch, but Razer Surround sounds much better to me:

https://www.razerzone.com/surround

Looks gimmicky as hell, but actually sounds good.
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You probably clicked the low DPC latency option, which doesn't even install the Asus utility. Perfect.


XonarSwitch auto-updates, here's the link from that same site:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/i3ta8fs33tojvsl/XonarSwitch.zip?dl=1&token_hash=AAEOX7kYSd8l7gOE_qy1eehTCytBnmGmIj0sqxocA33Dvw


As for surround virtualization, you can try Dolby Headphone once you install XonarSwitch, but Razer Surround sounds much better to me:

https://www.razerzone.com/surround

Looks gimmicky as hell, but actually sounds good.

And Razer Surround isn't bloaty like their other software? lol

Anyway, thanks a LOT for your help! ;3
    
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You probably clicked the low DPC latency option, which doesn't even install the Asus utility. Perfect.


XonarSwitch auto-updates, here's the link from that same site:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/i3ta8fs33tojvsl/XonarSwitch.zip?dl=1&token_hash=AAEOX7kYSd8l7gOE_qy1eehTCytBnmGmIj0sqxocA33Dvw


As for surround virtualization, you can try Dolby Headphone once you install XonarSwitch, but Razer Surround sounds much better to me:

https://www.razerzone.com/surround

Looks gimmicky as hell, but actually sounds good.

And Razer Surround isn't bloaty like their other software? lol

Anyway, thanks a LOT for your help! ;3

I haven't had any problems with it, and I'm very OCD about background programs.
Edited by brucethemoose - 4/13/17 at 4:22pm
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I haven't had any problems with it, and I'm very OCD about background programs.

Looking at this XonarSwitch program. Just curious, what do you use this for? Cuz there's a lot of settings in here that I don't understand the significance of lol. And I know the card I got isn't high-end or anything, so I really wasn't expecting much improvement, either.
    
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And btw, I didn't really like Razer Surround very much lol, at least the free version. It just sounded like what I already had but louder, and the sound would come slightly after the video. The sound by itself though is pretty boring. I really liked the Virtual Surround in whatever that last driver I was using, but I forgot who made it.

I remember the icon in the system tray looking like the Windows volume icon, but it was orange.
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And btw, I didn't really like Razer Surround very much lol, at least the free version. It just sounded like what I already had but louder, and the sound would come slightly after the video. The sound by itself though is pretty boring. I really liked the Virtual Surround in whatever that last driver I was using, but I forgot who made it.

I remember the icon in the system tray looking like the Windows volume icon, but it was orange.


Well boring is kinda the point, it's supposed to do HRTF without altering the sound in any other way tongue.gif. Ideally, you'd only notice it in games, when the sound is really directional. It's all down to preference though.


XonarSwitch basically controls all the bells and whistles for your soundcard driver. For example, you can turn on Dolby Headphone for another surround virtualization effect. You can use the graphic equalizer. You can change the number of inputs the soundcard downmixes, which affects how it sounds (typically 8 is best for games, 6 for surround movies, 2 for Razer Surround and everything else). You can change the sampling rate (you want 48khz/24 for certain DVDs or videos, and 44.1/24 for everything else). It also has a volume normalizer that's useful for, say, normalizing loud commercials, or automatically amplifying quiet moments in games to give you an edge.
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http://schiit.com/products/fulla $59 + $55 Philips SHP-9500 = little over 100 bucks total and it sounds better than many half grand audio setups I have heard.

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Well boring is kinda the point, it's supposed to do HRTF without altering the sound in any other way tongue.gif. Ideally, you'd only notice it in games, when the sound is really directional. It's all down to preference though.


XonarSwitch basically controls all the bells and whistles for your soundcard driver. For example, you can turn on Dolby Headphone for another surround virtualization effect. You can use the graphic equalizer. You can change the number of inputs the soundcard downmixes, which affects how it sounds (typically 8 is best for games, 6 for surround movies, 2 for Razer Surround and everything else). You can change the sampling rate (you want 48khz/24 for certain DVDs or videos, and 44.1/24 for everything else). It also has a volume normalizer that's useful for, say, normalizing loud commercials, or automatically amplifying quiet moments in games to give you an edge.

Lol, I meant the audio without virtual surround sounds worse to me, even for some of the music I listen to, but I didn't like Razer's very much.

And gosh, unless there was a setting/settings that I could turn on or off to make everything sound better, I'd probably never remember to configure any of those settings. xD
    
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