- Stereophile Magazine cover story: ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX soundcards (Jan. 2010)
- The Computer Audiophile: ASUS Xonar Essence STX Review
- How to get Ultra low Latency in Linux
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- Bad latency on Official drivers, Solution: use Uni Xonar drivers
- 24bit/44.1kHz noise bug, Solution: set windows to 48kHz, tell your player to upsample to 48kHz
- Dynamics being limited in songs, Solution: keep volume at a maximum of 76%.
- Losing clarity at lower volume levels, Solution: set windows/ASIO output to 24bit (16bit gets padded with 0's).
- No Sound in games? Solution: change from 8ch audio to 6ch, If still persists, change windows audio settings to 16bit 44.1kHz
Advice on installation, customization, and anything else.
Note: ASIO4All is not proper ASIO, its just a wrapper, rather use WASAPI.
Basic recommended setup (for Music):
- Install latest Uni Xonar drivers, not the standard Asus ones.
- Set windows output to 2channel 24bit/48kHz (for digital volume control, and to avoid the 44.1kHz bug, and it measures the best on the lower settings.) Right click the Sound/Speaker icon in the taskbar, go to "Playback Devices", double click on "Speakers/Headphones", go to the "Advanced" Tab, set the default format to 24bit, 48kHz. Set player volume to 100% and control volume via system volume (76% maximum to avoid dynamic limiting). This SHOULD only matter in WASAPI, But is sometimes not the case, so to be safe do it anyway.
- Use a proper music player (MusicBee/ Foobar2000) since it matters, refer to the Foobar2000 specific settings.
- Set MusicBee or foobar2000 to use ASIO drivers and set to 24 bit, and tell the player to upsample the audio to 48kHz. Player volume should = system volume, if not, set player volume to 100% and control via system volume (76% maximum to avoid dynamic limiting).
- If ASIO gives errors use WASAPI drivers, tell the player to upsample to 48kHz.
- If your using WASAPI open the Xonar centre and click the "HF" button, to turn on Hi-Fi, which disables all processing
- Done. Enjoy.
Foobar2000 Specific Settings
Thanks to stv014 for testing: results here
- 1st: PPHS, 44.1kHz -> 48kHz conversion, "Ultra Mode" is enabled
- 2nd: SoX resampler, 44.1kHz -> 48kHz conversion, default settings ("normal quality", 95% passband, "Allow aliasing" is disabled, 50% phase response)
Basic recommended setup (for Movies and games):
- Leave most setting the same as music. And ensure the drivers are updated.
- Set the Xonar centre to 6ch output (some games support 8ch)
- Turn OFF "HF"/Hi-Fi mode, and turn ON Dolby Headphone
- TURN OFF any "enhanced stereo" mode in the game
- Turn the games speaker settings to 6ch or 5.1ch or Home Theatre
- (if there are compatibility issues which should not occur, set windows to 16bit/44.1kHz output)
Related Items and Accessories:
Not necessarily items within the community, just any other recommendations.
- H6 Daughter board for 8ch analogue output
- Many opamps, check the official thread:
- Cheap Opamp upgrade: LME49860 (a cherry pick of the LME49720) but still based on a flawed design, and lacks bass.
- Best Neutral Opamp upgrade: LME49990, AD797 (could oscillate), THS4032