I just bought a Xonar Essence STX sound card along with Beyerdynamic MMX300 based on good feedback and recommendations.
First, when I installed my STX, I got it working in a weird way.. I saw that the computer recognized my STX in the Device manager, but when I went to install the drivers.. at the end it told me to connect the device allowing me to Retry or Cancel the operation.. I clicked retry and it asked me a similar question. I cancelled it, restarted PC and saw that the Xonar audio center was in the quick bar so it was ok.
When using the Unified Xonar Drivers.. it gave me the please connect device again, selected retry , it asked me to attach device again, I selected cancel. I restarted PC , saw no icon, and tried to install driver again and it told me that installation of driver is complete.
To note I had to install my card in the PCI express x 4 slot because of my Gigabyte mobo config (This big blue thing makes it not possible to connect my card to the PCI-Exp x 1 slot.
I get sound and stuff from the card, but I've noticed when playing Black ops 2, I sometimes got game pausing and few seconds of no sound. I have an error with DataRam RamDisk Device -> RamDiskVE saying that drivers can't be installed. Does that affect my sound card?
Also, I am not really impressed with the surround sound I get from the setup of the STX / MMX 300. It's hard to tell where the sound is coming from when playing FPS shooters compared to my old Logitech z5500 5.1 system which my brother wanted to use, which causes me to ask if virtual or headphone true 5.1 is good as actual 5.1 speakers? The sound from the headphones sound like it's coming from everywhere still.
I used the Dolby headphone (DH-2), xear 3d, 7.1 speaker shifter when gaming, 8-channel
Should I return my card and headphones.. and just buy Steel series Siberia v2 headphones or Razer gaming headphones or am I expecting too much from headphones to produce good sound channel separation as actual 5.1 speaker setups?
Music is great from the setup though. Haven't tried movies yet, but I'm thinking the sound separation is pretty much the same as the games.
Have you disabled the motherboard's built in audio (in the bios)?
Sometimes Xonar drivers have been less then prefect on installation.
Maybe try a clean reinstall of the drivers.
Or try turning the computer off, remove the STX, turn computer on, after full boot up, turn computer back off, put STX back in the computer, turn computer back on.
Edited by PurpleAngel - 11/19/12 at 7:25am