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post #4861 of 4944

Just to have another flavor around I am expecting my Schiit Valhalla 2 to arrive tomorrow! From what I gather, I'll be running RCA out from the STX to the Valhalla and the STX will just act as a DAC. Advice on the best settings for the STX in this mode? I normally have it on the highest gain for the HD 800s but I believe I should keep it on the lowest gain setting with volume maxed and just use the Valhalla's volume control. I'm sure the line out signal already takes into account that you'll be using it just as a DAC since it uses a different part of the board. Any other settings I should change or have enabled to make sure the STX just acts as a DAC or does the line out signal automatically take care of that?

post #4862 of 4944

Should i go from coax from stx to my dac

 

Or should I just use usb

 

I have bought a new dac

 

 

Thinking coax from stx to ps audio nuwave to mad ear +hd

 

Does this sound right

post #4863 of 4944

The only reason to use your STX thru optical or coax is if you want to run dolby headphone from the STX into your external for games or your usb ports are flaky like mine. Other wise use the USB and keep the STX for backup or sell it.

post #4864 of 4944
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Originally Posted by genclaymore View Post
 

The only reason to use your STX thru optical or coax is if you want to run dolby headphone from the STX into your external for games or your usb ports are flaky like mine. Other wise use the USB and keep the STX for backup or sell it.

 

Well, that is what I was thinking....for gaming purpose....I could still use my stx by going optical....correct

post #4865 of 4944
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

Well, that is what I was thinking....for gaming purpose....I could still use my stx by going optical....correct


Yea

post #4866 of 4944

Great...thanks  :smile:

 

So I will be able to use my dolby headphone for playing games....but still be using my ps audio nuwave & MadEar for music

post #4867 of 4944

Just make sure to set the windows speaker settings to 5.1 and games too and set asus panel input to 5.1 so dolby headphone will work better.

post #4868 of 4944

Great....thanks

post #4869 of 4944

Have new modded drivers been released in the last 6 months or so?

post #4870 of 4944
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Have new modded drivers been released in the last 6 months or so?

I don't know, probably not. I just ordered the card and am split between installing the ASUS driver or the unified one. I run Windows 8.1. Current latest drivers I found:

 

ASUS official - Beta Version  8.1.8.1822 2014.01.06

 

UNi Xonar -  version 1.72 (based on 1822) - 06.01.2014

post #4871 of 4944

Had no issues with the official ASUS drivers, do the unified ones offer anything to make me bother switching?

post #4872 of 4944

I want to use my IEM and a zalman clip on zm-1 mic.  Both have 3.5mm connectors and I've been looking for adapters to make it work with the asus stx, but I'm not 100% sure which adapters for the mic and for the headphones to buy.  Can anyone PM me or post the link for adapters that will make this work. Thanks.   I don't want to get a mixamp pro or cheap usb amp/dac to make it work if possible.  I'm just looking for the proper 3.5mm to 1/4" adapters for the IEM and for the microphone.

post #4873 of 4944

I'm also having issues with the mic and the current adapter I have.  No sound is coming out.  I probably need a different adapter (mono or stereo?) or just get a cheap usb sound card for gaming.  I really would rather get an adapter to work with my sound card since sound output works. I just can't get the mic to work.

post #4874 of 4944

There's new uni drivers out so I installed it and now my mic works.  Now I just need another 3.5mm to 1/4" stereo plug.  I really don't want to spend money for just one game where I'll hardly be using the mic anyway.

post #4875 of 4944
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Originally Posted by Spenty View Post
 

Had no issues with the official ASUS drivers, do the unified ones offer anything to make me bother switching?

The unified has modes that lower the DPS latency from 0.2ms to about 0.125ms. For some music content creators this is a huge difference. I saw many people quoting the card an Amazon as not being good for content creation. The default DPS latency is just fine for music, movies, gaming, and playback in general.

 

The other stuff with reducing the boot time and memory usage is probably irrelevant now, but 4 years ago may have been useful.

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