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post #106 of 1781
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
apparently it's available in Austria: ASUS Xonar Essence ST, PCI (90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z) Preisvergleich bei EU

I will prolly order it today
Wow
Hope it comes to Hong Kong soon
post #107 of 1781
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
apparently it's available in Austria: ASUS Xonar Essence ST, PCI (90-YAA0E0-0UAN00Z) Preisvergleich bei EU

I will prolly order it today
I looked at that site but had to translate it, are you sure this is not just a preorder?
This happens sometimes when a distributor has a ETA but no actual cards.
post #108 of 1781
they seem to be taking pre-orders, but they won't be available before another 10 days.
post #109 of 1781
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Yes, I figured that they don't actually have the stock. That makes more sense. The info I have stated the cards would ship to USA and Europe first. If they are saying 10days, then you will probably be able to buy the ST in USA around the same time.
Such ETA are usally only guidelines as this final ETA could change. ASUS has been very quick with getting their new products to market.
post #110 of 1781
...and release half-arsed drivers.

I had to finish that sentence for you, now didn't I
post #111 of 1781
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My sentence was finished.
post #112 of 1781
you sound so sold out to Asus sometimes, that you should have a MOT badge IMO

where are the "automatic samplerate" drivers we were promised? why don't they update all their D2/STX/etc drivers w/ the same build as the ST drivers? do end users have to modify the .inf files by themselves in order to run the latest C-Media drivers?

ah well, Asus is new in the audio business, hopefully they will take constructive critics in account...in order to have a software part on par w/ the excellent hardware engineering.
post #113 of 1781
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Why don't you give the trolling a rest for awhile.
post #114 of 1781
The ST sounds like an interesting audiocard.

How about bass management and setting speakerdistance and soundlevel when using the multichannel extension board. Are these options present?
post #115 of 1781
You ever thought they may have other things that bogged up there plan to release auto sample drivers. Personlly theres no problems with manaully doing, as you can still do it your self. Either deal with manaully do it or convert your music in a 44100khz or whatever khz and set it so it doesnt need to be set manually every time.

As for Drivers reasons why drivers for the newer cards exist incase something happen to the driver media that comes with the cards. So users can run to incase that happen.Unless you rather if those users deal with not being able to use there cards incase the install media happens to be bad.

They will get around to releasing said drivers for the other cards, users that cant wait can mod the ini. Only reason I did it to see what was improved in the drivers,Otherwise I wouldnt had bothered. There not creative heck there not Razer who havent update there razer barracuda drivers since forever. Let them do there thing and the drivers come out when there ready, It takes time you just have to stop worrying and rushing them.

As Other things has higher priority then certain things to be fixed or improved or added.
post #116 of 1781
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Originally Posted by Blak View Post
The ST sounds like an interesting audiocard.

How about bass management and setting speakerdistance and soundlevel when using the multichannel extension board. Are these options present?
You have driver settings that are available on other multi channel Xonar cards.
Such as: FlexBass which is bass redirection and individual level settings for each channel. Unfortunately there is no delay settings as of yet.
Most players allow you to set surround delays but it would still be nice to have the setting within the drivers.

To note, this card will only be released in the 2.0 version initially, with the H6 DAC upgrade board to be offered at a later date for those who want the surround sound option.
post #117 of 1781
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
Personlly theres no problems with manaully doing, as you can still do it your self. Either deal with manaully do it or convert your music in a 44100khz or whatever khz and set it so it doesnt need to be set manually every time.
well the current ST drivers work on the WHOLE Xonar line, D2, D2X, STX, whatever....why no unified drivers? why do they force us to modify the .inf file? could you imagine nvidia or ATi doing that? even Creative has unified drivers I think.

any basic soundcard will do automatic hardware samplerate, even the X-Fi, and even Realtek! doing it manually is not acceptable...again. Otherwise, they should also force us to choose the bit-depth manually...now that'd be most convenient

and don't tell me about resampling, please..

and why not forcing 128X oversampling? it's a free sound upgrade, win-win for both the end-users and Asus

hopefully, the drivers will be polished in the near future....then the hardware part will get what it deserves

but xbitlabs.com talked about this issue 13 months ago on the D2, and this has never been adressed

PS: I can't play 192KHz in KS on XP SP3 w/ the STX, I get massive background noise...it's a 96KHz max soundcard at this point(not that I care about 192Khz, but still).
post #118 of 1781
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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post
Unfortunately there is no delay settings as of yet.
Most players allow you to set surround delays but it would still be nice to have the setting within the drivers.
I playback lossless Blu-ray tracks converted to flac using the audiofilter Madflac. Unfortunately Madflac doesn't allow to set delays. But Madflac combined with ffdshow as post filter will probably work.
post #119 of 1781
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Originally Posted by Blak View Post
I playback lossless Blu-ray tracks converted to flac using the audiofilter Madflac. Unfortunately Madflac doesn't allow to set delays. But Madflac combined with ffdshow as post filter will probably work.
This setting has been suggested quite a few times for upcoming drivers set especially by the HDA 1.3 Deluxe guys.
There are a few works around until the setting gets added. ffdshow should work, IIRC. I haven't used that filter in quite awhile.
post #120 of 1781
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
well the current ST drivers work on the WHOLE Xonar line, D2, D2X, STX, whatever....why no unified drivers? why do they force us to modify the .inf file? could you imagine nvidia or ATi doing that? even Creative has unified drivers I think.

Why do you want unified driver? do you own all of the cards from Asus?

NV and ATI can do that because the cores are almost all the same, but for sound cards, there are different DAC and ADC, and also royalty for Dolby and DTS are different.

Why do you expect the driver optimized for 1792 also works flawlessly for 1796?

It may work by changing the .inf, but it may damage the SQ IMO..
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