I'm new to the forum. Lot's of awesome input here. I've had my E1 for 3 days. The manual sucks. I received a disc with driver download 126.96.36.1994 (Audio Center Version 188.8.131.52) for window's vista 64 bit which I installed.
1. Should I still download firmware from the ASUS site downloads menu? All or some? If some, which ones?
E1 is hooked up to my netbook (thru USB) and my CD player (thru coaxial). The music that does come thru my netbook (undistorted) is amazing compared to when the netbook was hooked straight into my AVR. But the music from my CD player doesn't sound any better with the E1 vs without it.
2. How do I stop the screechy distortion heard from music (FLAC & WAV) played at 16/44.1 & higher on the netbook?
I hear the distortion at the end of some songs thru my Sennheiser's and my speakers.
3. Is the distortion caused by the USB hookkup?
That seems to be an issue in many of the review articles I've read. I'm using Media Jukebox by J. River as my media player. The only DSP functions I use are: Stereo & 16/44.1 since trying to use higher settings only increases the distortion. I've even reripped several CD's with Exact Audio Copy and still heard distortion. HELP!
4. Is it true I can only control the sample rate and bitdepth through a computer media program like Media Jukebox?
5. Would it be better to hook my desktop to E1 thru the coaxial? If so I need instructions on "how to"...because my computer's sound playback doesn't recognize the E1 unless it's thru USB.
6. Is there any way to manually increase or decrease the bitdepth and sample rate when running the CD player thru E1 (via coaxial)? If so, how?
It's my understanding from other reviews that increasing these will increase the accuracy, soundstage and ambience of the musc. But when I run my CD player thru E1 the music sounds no better. I bought the E1
to accurately place voices and instruments on the soundstage like I read about in many reviews. So far I've been disappointed. Through my Sennheiser's the sound is awesome & the soundstage and distinction of each instrument &/or voice is great. But I bought the E1 mainly to listen through my speakers (to take advantage of my Hsu subwoofer) by way of my netbook so I'm not continually changing out CD's.
Thanks for the input!!!
It's a week later and I've found all the answers by experimentation. No downloads needed. Just forget about using the USB and hook up with SPDIF. Instant super sounding music. The bitdepth and sample rate can be controlled on the computer's control panel on the sound playback section (was told this by a fellow head fier).
Edited by musicbuff - 6/12/12 at 3:05pm