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I thought, if thats ok of course, since there is no topic so far for the new Asus Strix Soundcard series, I would start one. In Europe that Series of 3 cards is already released, however I didnt find it on American Store Websites like Amazon.com or Newegg so far. And I thought we in Europe get usually stuff last, seems not in this case. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617717/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617717" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617717/flags/LL" style="; width: 1280px; height: 881px"></a><br><br>
Anyways, I got my <b>ASUS STRIX RAID DLX</b> on Saturday and will post some of my experiences so far here in the next days. I moved to this Soundcard because I had always issues with the Creative ZxR, pretty much since I had it a couple years ago. Creative really dropped the ball with the Z series. And by that I dont mean the quality of the Sound, but a lot of issues with many Mainboards and System which would either not detect the card at all, or work for a while and then the Soundcard is just not detected anymore. There is plenty of those stories on Google, i am just one of many with these and similiar issues.<br><br>
Me not really being a big fan of Asus Soundcards so far, had to choose now what to do. Especially since I wanted a external Control Box (<i>not an external Soundcard!</i>) like with the <i>Creative Zx</i> and <i>ZxR</i>, the new Asus Strix soundcard offers that with two of its 3 models.<br><br>
Here is a short overview of all 3 Models.<br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;">ASUS STRIX RAID DLX</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617718/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617718" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617718/flags/LL" style="; width: 886px; height: 1473px"></a><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>ASUS STRIX RAID PRO</b></span><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617719/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617719" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617719/flags/LL" style="; width: 912px; height: 1451px"></a><br><br><b><span style="font-size:24px;">ASUS STRIX SOAR</span></b><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617720/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617720" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617720/flags/LL" style="; width: 915px; height: 1407px"></a><br><br>
As I am a bit short on time, please forgive me, more information will come tomorrow. <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Cheers<br><br><b>Wolfseye</b>
 

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How good are the drivers?<br>
And I mean both the stability of the driver and the UI of the control panel.<br><br>
The Xonar control panel UI is pretty craptastic and the usability is abysmal. <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://maxedtech.com/xonarswitch-beta-testing/" target="_blank">XonarSwitch</a> gives infinitely better UI and usability.<br>
And the Phoebus had stability problems when it was first released.<br>
Hoping that they have learned something from their previous blunders <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif">
 

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Can you show the settings for the headphone surround and all the settings you can choose for the most headphone surround importance ?<br><br>
If you can open a new thread about the card and write there, because it's not officially out then only you have this.<br><br>
When you enable virtual surround it gives you selection of 7.1 or 5.1 virtual speakers ? Disable the Bass Boost if you are using Studio headphones, this bass quality is always crap.
 

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<a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617782/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617782" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617782/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 400px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617784/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617784" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617784/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 417px; height: 276px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617786/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617786" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617786/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 417px; height: 283px"></a><br><br>
Thats pretty much how it looks. I have the german language version but I am sure you'll notice all the things important. Driver seems to be pretty stable so far. And I like that its all pretty much on one page.
 

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but can you enable the surround in the options and we see if it enable 7.1 and what surround options.
 

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With Headphones you can enable "<b>Virtual Surround</b>" which has 3 options. "<i>Balanced</i>", "<i>Front Panned</i>" and "<i>Rear Panned</i>". And Virtual Surround is 7.1. Its actually ok, really. For using Headphones in Games its fine. Since I only use a Stereo Headset, its still fine.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617964/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2617964" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2617964/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 364px; height: 207px"></a><br><br>
Sure, its not like the Creative, but then I think it might be really time to leave Creative behind. They screwed up too many things, its just annoying by now.<br><br>
And the headphones on the Strix Raid DLX have a lot of power. I dont even use a fancy studio headphone, so far I use a simple Steelseries Siberia 2, but switching soon (<i>for testing</i>) to the HyperX Cloud.
 

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nice it seems really good options. but you still say its not sound like creative . you mean the sound itself , the surround , or the option 7.1 surround ?<br><br>
can you post the screenshot of the windows speakers , does it shows 7.1 speakers on the headphone selection ?
 

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Creative and Asus Soundcards will never sound the same, but in this case its not a problem. The Asus sounds really good. If you want the same sound than with the ZxR, you have to stick with that.<br><br>
And you can only see the Virtual Surround as I showed it above in a Screenshot. Isn't that enough? You're really too much fixated on that. As soonas you can get the card in your area, try it out. If you like it, keep it. If not then not. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Creative and Asus Soundcards will never sound the same, but in this case its not a problem. The Asus sounds really good. If you want the same sound than with the ZxR, you have to stick with that.<br><br>
And you can only see the Virtual Surround as I showed it above in a Screenshot. Isn't that enough? You're really too much fixated on that. As soonas you can get the card in your area, try it out. If you like it, keep it. If not then not. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"></div>
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trying is an issue . I have the asus xonar phoebus which was amazing quality but the dolby surround ruined it. I bought the creative and the annoying sound card dissapear issue. So the only big advance is if they really upgrade the sound if it sound more or like xonar phoebus then I would want it so the surround will be the better choice. to try I need to buy and its not cheap. if Ill buy it ill be stuck with non used phoebus and zxr ... no one buy those damn things. I want to see the windows speaker config because I want to know if it makes true 7.1 speakers and not just effect. need to select this settings in powerdvd and potplayer and such.
 

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Yes, its not cheap but, and I am not sure if thats the same in other countries, here if you buy something online, you have from 14 up 30 days (<i>depends on store</i>) to give the item back without any reason. So its easy to decide. Recently I wanted to have a new keyboard because I screwed the old one up. So I ordered one, found its not my thing and realized that its no good to do it like that. And since there are no real stores around here that have all those in stock, I decided to order 3 different keyboards in order to find the one I like, faster. I found one and sent the other two back, and got the money back for those. Same with the soundcard. I knew, i didnt had much choice now after it became clear that Creative is a no-go for me anymore.<br><br>
But, if something comes up in the next days, that I so dislike with the Asus Strix Raid DLX, I will return it as well and get my money back. I am very careful in that time with the packaging and stuff, just so in case I can return it.<br><br>
However I dont think so.<br><br>
As for your request, I think you mean this ?<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618213/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618213" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618213/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 394px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618214/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618214" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618214/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 410px; height: 455px"></a><br><br>
I know, its in german, but I am sure you know what this means. Of course over Headphone attached to the Control Box (<i>which is stereo</i>) you only have "<b>Virtual Surround</b>", which is fine btw. for gaming. But the Soundcard itself is real surround over speakers.<br><br>
Btw, for <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Headphones</span> on the <b>ZxR</b> its also only "<i>Virtual Surround</i>". Nothing more.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618226/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618226" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618226/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 249px; height: 431px"></a>
 

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Yes, its not cheap but, and I am not sure if thats the same in other countries, here if you buy something online, you have from 14 up 30 days (<i>depends on store</i>) to give the item back without any reason. So its easy to decide. Recently I wanted to have a new keyboard because I screwed the old one up. So I ordered one, found its not my thing and realized that its no good to do it like that. And since there are no real stores around here that have all those in stock, I decided to order 3 different keyboards in order to find the one I like, faster. I found one and sent the other two back, and got the money back for those. Same with the soundcard. I knew, i didnt had much choice now after it became clear that Creative is a no-go for me anymore.<br><br>
But, if something comes up in the next days, that I so dislike with the Asus Strix Raid DLX, I will return it as well and get my money back. I am very careful in that time with the packaging and stuff, just so in case I can return it.<br><br>
However I dont think so.<br><br>
As for your request, I think you mean this ?<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618213/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618213" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618213/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 394px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618214/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618214" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618214/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 410px; height: 455px"></a><br><br>
I know, its in german, but I am sure you know what this means. Of course over Headphone attached to the Control Box (<i>which is stereo</i>) you only have "<b>Virtual Surround</b>", which is fine btw. for gaming. But the Soundcard itself is real surround over speakers.<br><br>
Btw, for <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Headphones</span> on the <b>ZxR</b> its also only "<i>Virtual Surround</i>". Nothing more.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618226/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2618226" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2618226/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 249px; height: 431px"></a></div>
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I wish I could do it like you buy and return it. You didn't think it happen on all countries did you xD<br><br>
The menu you opened speakers options is when you select the headphones or your normal speaker options ? usually asus sound cards had split option for speakers and Headphones , what I want to know if you have the 7.1 speakers inside the windows headphones options
 

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Of course you cant have that in Headphones. Consider this, same like with the Creative ZxR, you have a Stereo connector for a Headset / Headphone. How can you have 7.1 in the Speaker settings of Windows if you have a Stereo headset attached, which is the only thing you can attach to the Control thing of the Strix DLX. Virtual Surround in the drivers is the only thing you can set for that. And btw, the Creative wasnt different. You can only have "<b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">real</span></b>" Surround output, if you attach something that can do it. And if the outputs (<i>in the Control Box</i>) allow that. Since these are Stereo 3.5 mm jacks, how do you exptect to get "<b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">real</span></b>" Surround that way ? Real surround you get with the Speakers, not over the Headphones. And again, the ZxR also can <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> provide "<b>virtual surround</b>" on the Headset.
 

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Of course you cant have that in Headphones. Consider this, same like with the Creative ZxR, you have a Stereo connector for a Headset / Headphone. How can you have 7.1 in the Speaker settings of Windows if you have a Stereo headset attached, which is the only thing you can attach to the Control thing of the Strix DLX. Virtual Surround in the drivers is the only thing you can set for that. And btw, the Creative wasnt different. You can only have "<b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">real</span></b>" Surround output, if you attach something that can do it. And if the outputs (<i>in the Control Box</i>) allow that. Since these are Stereo 3.5 mm jacks, how do you exptect to get "<b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">real</span></b>" Surround that way ? Real surround you get with the Speakers, not over the Headphones. And again, the ZxR also can <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> provide "<b>virtual surround</b>" on the Headset.</div>
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Yes the thing is phoebus had dolby surround which expand the stereo effect to virtual surround but you could only select stereo everywhere and in windows. with creative xfi titanium and zxr had the ability to have 5.1 real speakers selected thats how it did the surround. so all what I am asking is if you select headphone output then will you have 7.1 speakers in windows. I know the explanation but because its new card I have no idea if asus change from what they had with phoebus because its rog series . their xonar music card had the options to have 5.1 speakers selected.
 

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Guys what you think about this cards. I'm satisfied with Sound Blaster Z but I could sell mine and try some ASUS card.<br>
I would love in future everything to be ASUS, but people complain on some of their sound cards..<br>
This Strix Soar is better than Phoebus Solo or not?
 

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<b>@Vlada011:</b> If you dont have issues with the Creative Z series, and I really mean issues, you might not need to switch. My switch was out of desperation, because I was finally annoyed by the issues with the ZxR over the years. Its not like there is so much choice otherwise. I didnt had any other Asus Soundcards yet, but I can tell you that the Strix (in my case the DLX) is a really good card and especially made for Gaming. For me its worth it.<br><br>
Unfortunately I cant tell you if the Phoebus is better, I never had those. But if you dont mind spending the money, no matter if you are still happy with your Creative, go for it. I dont think you'll regret it.<br><br>
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Hey guys,<br>
Does the asus strix soar sounds card have any LFE subwoofer controls and Dolby surround capabilities to use with 5.1/7.1 analog speaker setups? I received this card yesterday and I'm hugely underwhelmed by its sound performance with my current 5.1 speaker setup, if I can't find a solution to the aforementioned problem I will be returning this very soon. My previous Asus xonar d1 works much better with my setup and the lack of a LFE crossover control really kills it for me as bass is being outputed incorrectly, I need to set the crossover to 80hz.I also dislike the inbuilt upmixing as it sounds narrow and synthetic to me.<br>
It's a shame really that the software, which is advertised as dynamic, is actually very incomplete.
 

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Hey guys,<br>
Does the asus strix soar sounds card have any LFE subwoofer controls and Dolby surround capabilities to use with 5.1/7.1 analog speaker setups? I received this card yesterday and I'm hugely underwhelmed by its sound performance with my current 5.1 speaker setup, if I can't find a solution to the aforementioned problem I will be returning this very soon. My previous Asus xonar d1 works much better with my setup and the lack of a LFE crossover control really kills it for me as bass is being outputed incorrectly, I need to set the crossover to 80hz.I also dislike the inbuilt upmixing as it sounds narrow and synthetic to me.<br>
It's a shame really that the software, which is advertised as dynamic, is actually very incomplete.</div>
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Now that you mention it, the manuals/documents don't mention anything about FlexBass, LFE or bass redirection features that the soundcards usually have for subwoofer outputs.<br>
The feature is basically one of the sole reasons why soundcards are better than external DACs in some situations, and they removed it?<br><img alt="wth.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wth.gif">
 

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Precisely! Seems like a seriously dumb move to remove it, My subwoofer (Klipsch R110SW) can only only output 20-125hz, i believe the crossover is set to 200hz by default, therefore im getting a huge frequency gap due to the lack of control :/<img alt="mad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/mad.gif">
 

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Please lets not forget, the Asus is advertised as Gaming oriented Soundcard. They never said it has "Dolby Surround", and how it sounds is a matter of taste and opinion. Some like this, some like that. No Sound is universally set to be liked by everyone. As for me, I have also 5.1 here and I am please with how the Bass sounds. The Asus strix soundcards are definately aimed at Gaming oriented use, for which its fine in my opinion.<br><br>
If you need it more preferrable for Audio specific stuff, the Asus Xonar Essence STX II might be more to your liking. As for improvement, I suggest also posting these things in the official Asus ROG forums so they might take note of that and improve things. It always depends on what you want to have.<br><br>
For better audio possibilities, you might prefer the other Asus Soundcards, the STX II for example. I heard from many that those are lousy for gaming though. So all has its different usage.<br>
I suggested the thing with the LFE in a Youtube review about this Soundcard, where I had replies from Asus and I hope they look into it.<br><br>
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