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Using the Xonar STX properly

post #1 of 13
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So.. i just bought AD700's and a xonar STX... however, im a audio newb. 
 
Im looking for best surround sound for FPS gaming, like BF3 and what not.
 
Also, please explain ASIO bit-depth and latency settings if possible..
 
What would you recommend, setting wise, for gaming in FPS games.. such as BF3? 
 
windows 7 x64 bit, i5 3750k 16gb ram

Edited by woofed - 8/27/12 at 8:40pm
post #2 of 13

The obvious setting to enable for gaming is Dolby Headphone.

 

As for which DH mode, the console gamers generally use DH2 because it's the only mode supported on the Astro Mixamp and Turtle Beach Ear Force DSS, but DH1 can be pretty good too. I'd avoid DH3, though; way too much reverb.

 

I can't really help you beyond that due to lack of familiarity with Xonar drivers.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by woofed View Post

So.. i just bought AD700's and a Xonar STX... however, I'm a audio newb. 
 
I'm looking for best surround sound for FPS gaming, like BF3 and what not.
 
Also, please explain ASIO bit-depth and latency settings if possible..
 
What would you recommend, setting wise, for gaming in FPS games.. such as BF3? 
 
windows 7 x64 bit, i5 3750k 16gb ram

Download and install the "Unified Xonar Driver" from the website Brainbit.

 

Audio Channel....8-Channel

Sample rate....96K(?)

Analog out...Headphone...."Normal gain <64-ohm"

S/PDIF...unchecked

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Download and install the "Unified Xonar Driver" from the website Brainbit.

 

Audio Channel....8-Channel

Sample rate....96K(?)

Analog out...Headphone...."Normal gain <64-ohm"

S/PDIF...unchecked

I've been reading alot of things about this.. the unified driver is that much better then stock?


Edited by woofed - 8/27/12 at 10:42pm
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by woofed View Post

I've been reading alot of things about this.. the unified driver is that much better then stock?

The Unified Xonar Driver seems to get a lot of positive feedback

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

EDIT:  thanks for the help!


Edited by woofed - 8/27/12 at 11:16pm
post #7 of 13

i have the stx and i am using the unified drivers

 

when installing them, check the c-media panel and leave the rest like it is.

once installed, the c-media panel will be launched (in background, taskbar) when booting and if u want to use your (old) xonar audio center, you need to manually start it (start - programs - ....)

settings:

always change your settings with the c-media panel and if you really prefer the old xonar audio center, remember never to enable GX

now, settings in the c-media panel:

8channel

ex xear 3d

dolby headphone

dolby 7.1 virtual speaker shifter

 

these settings should give you a pretty good 3d feeling and positioning

 

EDIT:

when using the st/stx, use uni xonar version 1.53

i only use xonar audio center to enable hifi mode which will disable all virtualizations (dolby, eax,...). disabling them is a good thing for listening music.

and about asio: right click the c-media icon (taskbar), click ASIO panel and use 24-bit and 10ms (best settings for the st/stx)


Edited by arijspieter - 8/28/12 at 6:23am
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Whats the reasoning behind using 1.53, if you dont mind me asking

post #9 of 13

from the uni xonar blog (http://brainbit.wordpress.com/category/uni-xonar/):

 

Quote:
Note for ST/STX owners: Because of the known issues from 1.60 update log, I would recommend installing or staying on  1.53 drivers .

 

these issues include:

 

Quote:
Asus Audio Center was updated from 1.60. Still don’t think it will play well with ST/STX cards.

and

 

Quote:
Know issues  :  1) FP Headphones switching isn’t working for Xonar ST/STX cards   ;  2)  Switching from Headphones to Speakers doesnt work on  Xonar ST/STX cards;

and maybe even more issues...

 

 

maybe you should check the blog out yourself ;)

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

I saw that, but all that was working fine for me, including switching and using my front speakers. However, ill take the advice and change, thanks!

post #11 of 13

For the Unified drivers, do you need to uninstall the stock asus drivers first? Or can I just install the Unified drivers?
 

post #12 of 13

I have the very same question

post #13 of 13

few months since ive been here at head-fi....
 

for the unified drivers, yo will need to uninstall asus driver first and then reboot and install the unifieds. i recommend you choose the "low dpc" driver for current version

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