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post #1 of 63
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I see some reviews of 1 on NewEgg for this card.

 

One user complains that it may have damaged his hearing (I doubt that) due to its glitches. He says that sometimes the card starts making an EXTREMELY loud screeching sound all out of the blue. Many users on NewEgg complained about this screeching sound.

 

Some negative reviewers also complained that Windows 7 x64 became extremely unstable (lots of BSODs) after installing the driver.

 

But back then in 2010, Asus had a beta driver only. I see that the driver has matured, 2 new releases since then.

 

So, any (ab)users?

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post #2 of 63
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Originally Posted by Axonn View Post

I see some reviews of 1 on NewEgg for this card.

 

One user complains that it may have damaged his hearing (I doubt that) due to its glitches. He says that sometimes the card starts making an EXTREMELY loud screeching sound all out of the blue. Many users on NewEgg complained about this screeching sound.

 

Some negative reviewers also complained that Windows 7 x64 became extremely unstable (lots of BSODs) after installing the driver.

 

But back then in 2010, Asus had a beta driver only. I see that the driver has matured, 2 new releases since then.

 

So, any (ab)users?



I've got it and never ever had any problem of any sort.

post #3 of 63
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Originally Posted by Axonn View Post

 

 

Some negative reviewers also complained that Windows 7 x64 became extremely unstable (lots of BSODs) after installing the driver.

 

 



All things considered Windows 7 x64 is a stinker for high end audio playback ~ my setup has given me grief here

and there at times, with 16-bit audio of all things - never 24bit! (go figure)

 

My advice would be to revert back to Windows 7 x32 ~ it seems to be much less glitchy ~ less chance of squawks,

screeches and the infernal static noise in the right channel.

 

The latency checker ~ http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml

 

This helps you track down pesky applications and devices hindering your playback but it won't solve all of

 Win7-64bit's problems.

post #4 of 63

I bought it about two months ago and have been using it more or less daily with zero issues. W7 x64 machine. Don't even know what that screeching would refer to.

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I bought it about two months ago and have been using it more or less daily with zero issues. W7 x64 machine. Don't even know what that screeching would refer to.



 Good news then! You might be spared

 

 Win 64x issues for some are compounded issues that stem from a unique hardware combination in conjunction

 with Win 64x as the operating system that causes all sorts of screeching and a very common static or scratchy

 sound that only comes out of the right stereo channel.

post #6 of 63
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 Good news then! You might be spared

 

 Win 64x issues for some are compounded issues that stem from a unique hardware combination in conjunction

 with Win 64x as the operating system that causes all sorts of screeching and a very common static or scratchy

 sound that only comes out of the right stereo channel.



Ouch, found the random pops on my old soundcard to be annoying enough. Probably would have returned this one if I encountered any of those issues.

 

post #7 of 63
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Guldkrull: are you on W7 x64?

 

Gwarmi: going back to 32 bit is out of the question. I'm a software developer by trade, not to mention a gamer and a power user. Also, my machine has 8 GB of RAM so moving back to 32 bit would cut that to 3.5 GB. No way ::- D.

 

Your reply worries me. I will definitely try to buy this card from a solid retailer, where I can return it if it doesn't work properly.

 

Did you try W7 x64 with new drivers, or is this from older experience?

 

vyyye: good to hear some positive experience for a change.

 

post #8 of 63

I have the xonar stx, I use the win7 x64, and have the latest driver.

The screeching sound appears rarely. But there's also the fact, that I use a lot speakers too.
You have to understand that the problem appears randomly, rarely, and it depends of your usage too.

 

Currently , what annoys me, is the pops I  get when I  use asio or wasapi, and then use explorer.
 

I'd personally avoid the xonar stx, for the buggy driver support.

 

More about the random loud pitched sound:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/494565/xonar-essense-stx-random-loud-high-pitched-ringing-noise

 


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 12/13/11 at 4:21am
post #9 of 63
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*sigh* ... great...... there goes my only option for a quality PC listening experience.

 

Buying an amp is useless since the output of the on-board sound card has plenty of noise.

post #10 of 63
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Originally Posted by Axonn View Post

*sigh* ... great...... there goes my only option for a quality PC listening experience.

 

Buying an amp is useless since the output of the on-board sound card has plenty of noise.



Do you have a second desktop or laptop for win7 x32 or even an ipad?

 

This way you could consider the card or even a cheap Dac/Amp like the

Audio GD NFB-12. This affliction is not just restricted to cards like the

STX - it can happen to anyone under win7 x64.

post #11 of 63
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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post



Do you have a second desktop or laptop for win7 x32 or even an ipad?

 

This way you could consider the card or even a cheap Dac/Amp like the

Audio GD NFB-12. This affliction is not just restricted to cards like the

STX - it can happen to anyone under win7 x64.

This Audio GD   thing is not compatible with win 7 x64 ?
 

 

post #12 of 63
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

This Audio GD   thing is not compatible with win 7 x64 ?
 

 



 The above post is in regards to if the OP has either a second laptop or PC for win7 x32 - or

 something like an iPad for use with an external dac/amp like the Audio GD NFB12.

 

 Any audio device depending on the PC's software and hardware config can play

 up under win64x - it's everywhere on various forums, some have problems, some

 don't - comes down to resources, CPU type, motherboard, motherboard settings

 etc

 

 OP's main PC must stay win7 x64 for software development reasons.

post #13 of 63
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Gwarmi: grrr ::- (. And I was about to search for a Creative card instead. *sigh*. In that case, screw Microsoft.

 

I have a Creative Zen X-Fi LAN edition. But it's no go. I listen to music when I work, at the computer I work, and I work on W7 x64. So there's no hope for me for now. I'll wait for Windows 8, maybe they'll fix it then.

 

I guess I won't be buying any new headphones either. My Senn HD 598 are good enough for this on-board sound-card. But I wanted so much to buy Sony XB 1000 for those lovely dubstep tracks I got. Well, the Sony will work with the mobo soundcard too, I know.... but I wanted super quality and amplified sound, guess it's impossible.

 

Buying an AMP is kind of beside the point when you put it into this crappy mobo sound card which has bad signal-to-noise ration. Well, not that I hear that, mind you: it's quite decent compared to other horrifying sound cards I heard on other computers.

post #14 of 63
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Originally Posted by Axonn View Post

Buying an AMP is kind of beside the point when you put it into this crappy mobo sound card which has bad signal-to-noise ration. Well, not that I hear that, mind you: it's quite decent compared to other horrifying sound cards I heard on other computers.

 

Just buy an external DAC. One popular solution fiio E7+E9 combo
 

 

post #15 of 63
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Why E7 + E9?

 

Heard of fiio from many sources. Chinese brand. Any (real) good? And, again, shouldn't I start with getting a good sound-card? Maybe not one with amplifier, but ... I don't know , a better one.

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