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post #4816 of 5007
Quote:
Originally Posted by aleex View Post
 

I might have brought up this problem before, but I seem to be only able to control the audio volume on the left channel on any device connected to my sound card. I encountered this problem about a year ago, and then it disappeared for a while, only to come back a couple of weeks ago. I can't remember doing anything to cause this. I've updated the drivers, but the problem remains. Ideas? 
 


You can try to use the front panel connector rather than the sound card connector or vice versa.


Edited by mindbomb - 2/25/14 at 10:18am
post #4817 of 5007
Hi All,

I'm interested to upgrade my current PC sound card which is comes with old Asus Rampage Formula Motherboard with Asus Xonar STX. so I wonder if the Sound quality of the music that I will be listening on can be improved when using the SPDIF (TOS Link) out to Oritek OMZ DAC v4.1 and then Lisa III XP amp (as per my post signature ?
post #4818 of 5007
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Is the motherboard's on-board audio disabled? in the BIOS.
Remove the Asus drivers and try a clean install of the Unified Xonar Drivers.
http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/
Try using the program Foobar2000 for playing audio files.

So from the K-Lite Audio codec is this the correct setting to fully utilize the Asus Xonar STX to the highest setting to listen for HD Tracks 24 bit / 96 KHz files ?
Quote:
Input format: Flac Stereo 88200
User format: PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000
Output format: PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000

Filter chain:
(Flac Stereo 88200) -> AudioDecoder -> (Linear PCM Stereo 88200) -> AudioProcessor -> (PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000) -> Dejitter -> (PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000)

AudioDecoder
(Flac Stereo 88200) -> FlacParser -> (Linear PCM Stereo 88200)
AudioProcessor
User format: PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000
Dithering mode: auto (enabled)
Dithering level: -144dB
Filter chain:
(Linear PCM Stereo 88200) -> Levels -> CacheFilter -> Resample -> (Linear PCM Stereo 192000) -> Mixer -> (Linear PCM Dolby ProLogic II 192000) -> BassRedir -> EqualizerMch/ConvolverMch -> DRC -> Dither -> AGC -> Delay -> CacheFilter -> Levels -> Converter -> (PCM24 Dolby ProLogic II 192000)

CacheFilter
Buffer size: 0ms (0 samples)

Resample
Soruce sample rate: 88200Hz
Sample rate: 192000Hz
Attenuation: 100.0dB
Quality: 1.0
Conversion rate: 320/147
Stage1 rate: 320/147
Stage2 rate: 320/1
Stage1 filter: length=5439 (17x320) center=2719 (8, 160)
Stage2 filter: length=4096 center=2047
Stage1 buffer size: 2x1899
Stage2 buffer size: 2x8192
Stage2 delay buffer: 2x4097

Mixer
Input: L R
Output: L R
Buffered: false
Auto matrix: true
Normalize matrix: true
Vaoice control: true
Expand stereo: true
Center level: 0.0 dB
Surround level: 0.0 dB
LFE level: 0.0 dB
Gain: 0.0 dB
Input gains:
Output gains:
User matrix:
L C R SL SR LF CL CR BL BC BR
L: 1.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
C: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
R: -0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
SL: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
SR: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
LF: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
CL: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
CR: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
BL: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
BC: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
BR: 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Resulting matrix:
L R
L: 0.0 -0.0
R: -0.0 0.0

BassRedir
Enabled: false (inactive)
Crossover frequency: 80Hz
Bass destination: subwoofer
Bass gain: 0.0dB

EqualizerMch/ConvolverMch
Trivial processing (no convolution)
L: passthrough
R: passthrough

DRC
Gain: 0.0
DRC: false
DRC power: 0.0
Loudness interval: 50ms (9600samples)
Attack: 50.0dB/s
Release: 50.0dB/s

Dither
Enabled: true
Level: -144.5dB

AGC
Gain: 0.0
Auto gain: true
Loudness interval: 50ms (9600samples)
Normalize: false
Attack: 50.0dB/s
Release: 50.0dB/s

Delay
Enabled: false
Units: samples

CacheFilter
Buffer size: 0ms (0 samples)

Converter
Output format: PCM24
Channel order: L R C LF BL BR CL CR
Buffer size: 2048 samples


Dejitter
Enabled: true
Threshold: 100ms
Time shift: 0ms
Time scale: 1.0

Any kind of idea and suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
post #4819 of 5007

ASUS Announces the Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Cards

http://www.techpowerup.com/198852/asus-announces-the-essence-stx-ii-and-essence-stx-ii-7-1-sound-cards.html

 

 

I'm going to guess they replaced the C-Media CMI8788 PCI and bridge chip with the CMI8888 native PCI-E chip.

post #4820 of 5007
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

ASUS Announces the Essence STX II and Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Cards

http://www.techpowerup.com/198852/asus-announces-the-essence-stx-ii-and-essence-stx-ii-7-1-sound-cards.html

 

 

I'm going to guess they replaced the C-Media CMI8788 PCI and bridge chip with the CMI8888 native PCI-E chip.


:gs1000smile: Thanks for the heads up on a hardware-corrected version - the STX™ II will be able to hook up to the XONAR® H6™ daughtercard I have been previously unable to install in the CM1630-06 (as of 13 March 2014).  Replacing the C-Media® CMI8788 and bridge with a CMI-8888DHT means the restoration of the additional-analog-outputs circuitry from the original XONAR® Essence™ ST™ that the EAH6850 contraindicated during my original set of upgrades.  Hopefully Maxed Tech® will be ready with updated UNi™ XONAR® Audio Software™ when the STX™ II hits the stores - the ROG® XONAR® Phoebus™ already uses the newer DSP, and the STX™ II packs the cleaner analog-output circuitry inherited (perhaps even improved?) from the ST™ and first-gen STX™.

 

Heads up on an alternate procedure!  For the cost-conscious who are otherwise satisfied with the first-gen XONAR® Essence™ models, Audiotrak® offers the MUSES® 8920 dual JFET op amps a la carte ($15.00 as of 14 March 2014 from gyrocom at eBay®).


Edited by bcschmerker4 - 3/14/14 at 8:49pm
post #4821 of 5007

Do you guys also hear a hiss in the quiet parts of song? Just wondering if it's just me...

post #4822 of 5007

Thanks for the heads up on the chip 

  • bcschmerker4,  how many chips needed just for the rca output?  thanks..
post #4823 of 5007

The ST and STX use three total dual op amps, one for each I-V on the Front Out (2 total) and one for the line-level buffer.  The MUSES® 8920 can run all three positions on the ST and STX - I'd like to read how well it rolls about an STX II or ST and H6 as a complete set (twelve total dual op amps, viz., eight I-V and four line-level buffer). :happy_face1:

post #4824 of 5007
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Originally Posted by bcschmerker4 View Post
 

The ST and STX use three total dual op amps, one for each I-V on the Front Out (2 total) and one for the line-level buffer.  The MUSES® 8920 can run all three positions on the ST and STX - I'd like to read how well it rolls about an STX II or ST and H6 as a complete set (twelve total dual op amps, viz., eight I-V and four line-level buffer). :happy_face1:

Thanks for the info, will wait a while until we can get some comparisons between old and new stx. I had upgraded the opamps a year ago and this sounds good to my ears now.  Since I only use the rca outputs now I guess since I only need one I could experiment and get one of the MUSES.  Of course I have been buying so many tubes lately the wife may object, but that is part of the fun.


Edited by connieflyer - 3/18/14 at 6:49am
post #4825 of 5007
Quote:
Originally Posted by bcschmerker4 View Post
 


:gs1000smile: Thanks for the heads up on a hardware-corrected version - the STX™ II will be able to hook up to the XONAR® H6™ daughtercard I have been previously unable to install in the CM1630-06 (as of 13 March 2014).  Replacing the C-Media® CMI8788 and bridge with a CMI-8888DHT means the restoration of the additional-analog-outputs circuitry from the original XONAR® Essence™ ST™ that the EAH6850 contraindicated during my original set of upgrades.  Hopefully Maxed Tech® will be ready with updated UNi™ XONAR® Audio Software™ when the STX™ II hits the stores - the ROG® XONAR® Phoebus™ already uses the newer DSP, and the STX™ II packs the cleaner analog-output circuitry inherited (perhaps even improved?) from the ST™ and first-gen STX™.

 

Heads up on an alternate procedure!  For the cost-conscious who are otherwise satisfied with the first-gen XONAR® Essence™ models, Audiotrak® offers the MUSES® 8920 dual JFET op amps a la carte ($15.00 as of 14 March 2014 from gyrocom at eBay®).

I just figured out the STX II still uses the CMI8788 chip (and a PCI to PCI-E bridge chip).

The STX II appears to just be a slight revision of the current STX design.

post #4826 of 5007

Well may be they will at least get some new driver software now.

post #4827 of 5007

I have no issues with the drivers on my win 7 box.  What is the problems the rest of you are having?  And I see no reason to upgrade.  I use it for a line out to speakers.  It was ok as a headphone amp, but I went with a separate dac and amp via usb out to get better sound.

post #4828 of 5007

Hello guy!!!

Can I use MUSES 01 op amp in buffer section?

MUSES 01 is dual channel op amp, right?

What you think about MUSES 01?

Have anyone tried out MUSES 01 op amp?

post #4829 of 5007
You can use them in either I/V or buffer or even both.
post #4830 of 5007

need some help with the order the two regulators from NewClassD, not sure which one i need to buy because they have negative and positive on their site http://www.newclassd.com/index.php?page=70&hv=1 

 

i successfully installed their clock but looking to upgrade further:)

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