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ASUS sent us an e-mail recently that will be of interest to all you Xonar sound card owners. Apparently the latest Xonar driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP. According to the e-mail, the solution involves enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games, redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core and upgrading the DS3D GX engine. Here is the rest of what the e-mail said:

Revives multi-channel (128 voice) 3D positional sounds and enhanced environmental reverberation effects on Vista for most DirectSound 3D HW compatible games including EAX 2.0/5.0 game titles. Installs automatically with driver updates. DS3D GX aims to be more convenient and intuitive than Creative̢۪s ALchemy solution, which requires users to manually setup and assign games into the support list. Moreover, ASUS does not charge its users for driver upgrades. Retains vivid 3D sound and EAX effects for Vista users in most existing titles that do not support OpenAL. Allows users to reproduce comparable 3D positional sounds and EAX effects to native EAX 5.0 sound devices in EAX 5.0 game titles, instead of reverting to stereo, 2D, or Windows-emulated 3D sounds. Features VocalFX voice processing technology, which can apply realistic reverberations to users̢۪ voices relevant to the dynamic in-game landscapes (VoiceEX), emulates background scenes as you use online chat (ChatEX), and modifies vocal pitches to disguise a user̢۪s identity (Magic Voice).

Our implementation is not a 1:1 reproduction of EAX 5.0. Rather, DS3D GX allows users the choice to universally access gaming audio effects that would otherwise be locked behind specific X-Fi cards and ALchemy-patched game titles. While we do respect the capability of a dedicated DSP processor to offload the CPU work, we believe performance differences will continue to diminish based on the power of today's popular CPUs. We also expect more game developers to adopt software DSP effects for their flexibility and universally guaranteed user experiences. That being said, ASUS will continue responding to customer requests with products that unite the best in consumer audio with the most innovative features.
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don't tell me thats a fan on there?
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don't tell me thats a fan on there?
nah, thats an aluminum EMI shield.
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don't tell me thats a fan on there?
The day they make a fan for a sound card is the day you should inevitably fear the sound coming out of the card itself.
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don't tell me thats a fan on there?
LOL
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The day they make a fan for a sound card is the day you should inevitably fear the sound coming out of the card itself.
My BIOS making a beebing sound - WHAT DO I DO DOC?
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This is great news. We gamers finaly have some what of an alternative to Creative and their grip on the gaming sound market. While having a software solution isn't the best way to handle the sound processing it is better than crappy support fro Creative
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This is great news. We gamers finaly have some what of an alternative to Creative and their grip on the gaming sound market. While having a software solution isn't the best way to handle the sound processing it is better than crappy support fro Creative
The X-Fi still has superior sound quality to this card in games. Furthermore I sold mine because it WOULD NOT work with my system..........distorted like crazy. It worked fine in an older Intel mobo system......
I bought the Auzentech Prelude and never looked back.
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Very stylish, very much more so then my card at least.
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post #10 of 18
This is relevant to my interests.

Edit: It appears that these drivers are only for the PCI-Express version of the Xonar. I've just tried to install the ones hosted for the Xonar D2 (PCI) on Asus's support site, and get a "please insert Xonar D2X" message box.
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