EDIT: problem in this post solved, check this post for my current question: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/559963/headphones-for-asus-xonar-essence-stx#post_7568482
Today I installed my Asus Xonar Essence STX.
I'm currently setting everything the way I want, while listening to some music through the headphones. :) Sounds very good and I'm happy with it.
I have a question though, might be a problem:
In the Xonar Audio Center, I don't get why there's so many speaker channel settings if the card is made for stereo only! I know it can handle surround pass-through for the digital out, but this has nothing to do with the channel settings I guess, and I'm not using it for now. I read the manual and it says the channel setting changes the numer of channels set in Windows 7. This still confuses me, but it's not the biggest problem I have at the moment.
The real problem is: when set to 2 channels, the monitoring (upper) part of the Xonar Audio Center doesn't show the sound spectrum. It's empty! The music sounds fine, like when I play in 4, 6 or 8 channel mode, but in the 2 channel mode the monitor is either disabled or malfunctioning. I think it's a malfunction, because: in 2 channel mode I can not hear any of the DSP functionality! I can enable everything, but it simply won't change the sound. In 4, 6 and 8 channel mode all the effects work (Dolby Headphone, Equalizer, Karaoke Effects, Flexbass etc.).
Does anybody know what the cause is of this problem? I'm running Win7 x64, Asus Driver Version is 188.8.131.523.
Edited by EDP - 6/27/11 at 2:54am