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post #1 of 30
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So today I went out and bought myself a brand new Xonar DX to replace the on board sound card on my motherboard. I plugged it into the PCI-E and plugged in the power, no issues. Installed the drivers, no issues. Plugged my headphones into the jack and hit "Play". Issues. For some reason, it sounds absolutely terrible. There is pretty much no low end, the mids are screechy, and the highs are just ridiculously piercing. The overall quality is not very clear, either. Certainly not how its meant to sound (I hope). 
Where did I go wrong/what have I forgotten? I'm positive that both hardware and software was installed correctly. I didn't get a dud, did I?

As for my computer, I am running 64 Bit Windows 8 and my motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77x-D3h

Your help would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by gonefission - 10/1/13 at 3:44am
post #2 of 30

Sounds like you have plugged your headphones into the line out jack by mistake?

 

See- http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Audio_Card/Xonar_DX/e3859b_Xonar_DX.pdf

post #3 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ari33 View Post
 

Sounds like you have plugged your headphones into the line out jack by mistake?

 

See- http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/Audio_Card/Xonar_DX/e3859b_Xonar_DX.pdf

 

Aren't you meant to have it plugged into line out? That's what the PDF is telling me in 5.2.1

post #4 of 30

Yep that's the right output connection,  sorry was thinking of another card, just ignore me! :redface: 

post #5 of 30
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Originally Posted by gonefission View Post
 

So today I went out and bought myself a brand new Xonar DX to replace the on board sound card on my motherboard. I plugged it into the PCI-E and plugged in the power, no issues. Installed the drivers, no issues. Plugged my headphones into the jack and hit "Play". Issues. For some reason, it sounds absolutely terrible. There is pretty much no low end, the mids are screechy, and the highs are just ridiculously piercing. The overall quality is not very clear, either. Certainly not how its meant to sound (I hope). 
Where did I go wrong/what have I forgotten? I'm positive that both hardware and software was installed correctly. I didn't get a dud, did I?

As for my computer, I am running 64 Bit Windows 8 and my motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77x-D3h

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? In the BIOS?

What is the make and model of your headphones?

You could try installing the third party drivers "Unified Xonar Drivers".

post #6 of 30

Did you remember to plug in the extra 5V power to the sound card, I've made that mistake a couple of times. Otherwise could it be your headphones are too high impedance for the DX?

 

I'm using  Foobar > Xonar DX > V100

and no issues there

post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Did you disable the motherboard's on-board audio? In the BIOS?

What is the make and model of your headphones?

You could try installing the third party drivers "Unified Xonar Drivers".

oh...no, how do you do that?

I'm currently using v-moda m100s and I havensome Beyerdynamic Dt990 pros coming on the way

post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by kookoo View Post
 

Did you remember to plug in the extra 5V power to the sound card, I've made that mistake a couple of times. Otherwise could it be your headphones are too high impedance for the DX?

 

I'm using  Foobar > Xonar DX > V100

and no issues there

yup, that all got plugged in correctly, ortherwiseit wouldnt have even worked in the first place, right?

I'm using foobar > DX > vmoda m100, no impedance issue there I'd say

post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ari33 View Post
 

Yep that's the right output connection,  sorry was thinking of another card, just ignore me! :redface: 

all good man, thanks anyway!

post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by gonefission View Post
 

oh...no, how do you do that?

I'm currently using v-moda m100s and I havensome Beyerdynamic Dt990 pros coming on the way

When you first turn on the computer, usually you need to hit the delete key (with in the first 5 seconds?) and before the OS starts up, to get into the BIOS, should have basic instructions in the motherboard manual.

There is a setting in the BIOS that enables/disables the motherboard's built in sound card, might be labeled "HD audio" or something like that.

So switching it to "disable" makes it a little easier for windows to know what sound card you want to use.

 

I'm sure there are videos on the internet that show how to get into the BIOS.

 

Also you might consider returning the Xonar DX and getting the Creative Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) sound card ($95, Amazon).

SB-Z has the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX, but the SB-Z also has a headphone amplifier, better for driving headphones over the DX's high impedance line-out/headphone output jack.

 

Also the Xonar DX will only drive the 250-Ohm DT990 headphones to no louder then just above a whisper.

post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

When you first turn on the computer, usually you need to hit the delete key (with in the first 5 seconds?) and before the OS starts up, to get into the BIOS, should have basic instructions in the motherboard manual.

There is a setting in the BIOS that enables/disables the motherboard's built in sound card, might be labeled "HD audio" or something like that.

So switching it to "disable" makes it a little easier for windows to know what sound card you want to use.

 

I'm sure there are videos on the internet that show how to get into the BIOS.

 

Also you might consider returning the Xonar DX and getting the Creative Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) sound card ($95, Amazon).

SB-Z has the same DAC chip (CS4398) as the Xonar DX, but the SB-Z also has a headphone amplifier, better for driving headphones over the DX's high impedance line-out/headphone output jack.

 

Also the Xonar DX will only drive the 250-Ohm DT990 headphones to no louder then just above a whisper.

 

Oh ok, sure, I'll give that a go. But will that make the old audio ports on the motherboard useless?
And yep, I know, which is why I took your suggestion from the last thread I posted and ordered the PA2V2 amp!

post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by gonefission View Post
 

 

Oh ok, sure, I'll give that a go. But will that make the old audio ports on the motherboard useless?
And yep, I know, which is why I took your suggestion from the last thread I posted and ordered the PA2V2 amp!

 

Ok well I tried it and so far the good ol' stock standard one still seems to be coming out on top. 

post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by gonefission View Post
 

 

Oh ok, sure, I'll give that a go. But will that make the old audio ports on the motherboard useless?
And yep, I know, which is why I took your suggestion from the last thread I posted and ordered the PA2V2 amp!

Disabling the on-board audio in the BIOS, makes useless the motherboard's built in audio ports.

But as you have the Xonar DX, I can't see any reason for needing the MB's built in audio ports.

post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Disabling the on-board audio in the BIOS, makes useless the motherboard's built in audio ports.

But as you have the Xonar DX, I can't see any reason for needing the MB's built in audio ports.

 

Well, I was hoping that they'd still work so that I could have my speakers connected to the mobo ones and then I could use the sound card for my headphones.
But since that didnt work, was there any chance you have any more suggestions? Is it possible that I just got a dud?

post #15 of 30

Looking at the specs, I see no mention that the card has actually has a built in headphone amplifier, also confirmed by PurpleAngel...

 

 

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

....but the SB-Z also has a headphone amplifier, better for driving headphones over the DX's high impedance line-out/headphone output jack.

 

Also the Xonar DX will only drive the 250-Ohm DT990 headphones to no louder then just above a whisper.

 

It seems that it only has an unamplified high impedance line level out. It might be able to drive very low impedance headphones somewhat but even they will be affected adversely by the high output impedance from the DX's output socket. Unless you have a amp/headphone amp to connect to the DX's line out I'd say you bought the wrong card for the job.

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