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Xonar Essence STX sound needs to be set as '2 speakers' not 'headphones' to hear sound. Why?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi, first post today :)

 

I'm starting to get into my Audio more and have bought the Xonar Essence STX, and the Audio Technica ATH AD700x headphones.

 

I have just installed the sound card, and am connecting my headphones to the card by means of the supplied cable (red and white).

 

I will only get sound in the headphones if I select '2 speakers' by Analog out.  I get no sound if I select 'headphones'.  

 

Is this normal?

 

What is the best way to configure this setup?

post #2 of 12

Connect your headphones to the headphone jack on the rear panel, not the RCA outs (red/white). Use RCA to connect to active speakers or to an amp. RCA outs are line level. Not usually awesome straight to headphones. You may need an 1/8" (3.5mm) to 1/4" (6.3mm) adapter which I think is included in the STX package else they are widely available and cheap.

 

If you ran the connection from the card to a front panel jack you can use this too although there is a lot of interference on my box so I never use it. Nice and quiet out the rear headphone jack.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you, that fixed it.

 

I also went to this thread for a guide - http://www.head-fi.org/t/475872/asus-xonar-stx-st-and-headphones-a-basic-guide

 

Amazing thread, and now I have amazing sound.

 

Thank you very much!

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

The only thing I am trying to work out is if there are other refinements I can make to it, considering I have the Audio Technica ATH AD700x headphones.

 

I was thinking about whether there are any settings to give a bit more bass...

 

I know there is a flexBass setting, but don't know what the HP Small/Large setting does.  Also, when I do this, the Hifi option I picked is turned off, so I don't know whether I am doing more harm than good..

post #5 of 12

What are you using for playback software? I'm not a big EQer but if I do I do it from within the player software (in the absence of a hardware option). In my case I use JRiver Media Center. I leave most all the settings off in the STX Audio Center if possible. I'd just experiment and see what sounds best to you.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm open to some suggestions.  I'll open a thread about that, might help me out in the long run as I am about to convert a few hundred CD's to digital.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Echo Seven View Post
 

The only thing I am trying to work out is if there are other refinements I can make to it, considering I have the Audio Technica ATH AD700x headphones.

 

I was thinking about whether there are any settings to give a bit more bass...

 

I know there is a flexBass setting, but don't know what the HP Small/Large setting does.  Also, when I do this, the Hifi option I picked is turned off, so I don't know whether I am doing more harm than good..

Nothing you can really do increase the bass of the AD700X headphones, they are just not built for making anything more then a very light bass.

You could sell off the AD700X  and buy other headphones

ATH-A900X closed headphones, with Hifiman Velour ear pads.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, it might just need a bit of getting used to.  I might give them a bit of use, I only just got them.  :)

post #9 of 12

Hey Echo. If you're embarking on CD rip adventure I would suggest you rip lossless  (FLAC/ALAC/WAV/AIFF). A program like Exact Audio Copy (free) will give you peace of mind that you're getting bit perfect transfers. There are also other program options that use the AccurateRip database for comparison that accomplish the same thing. I've just been through a serious re-ripping of CDs myself. Well worth it when you finally get to settle down and listen to the music.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, this is the route I have gone down.  Takes a while to rip though, doesn't it?  :)

post #11 of 12

Yes! I think I've been going since October! Now to get the Library in shape (at least I can listen while I'm doing that)!

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have not done anything with that yet, I am just ripping it all, nicely into directories and using windows media player now and then to listen as I work.  

 

The final version of Winamp was released, so I am considering that (shame I never got the full version), so I am considering that or foobar (people seem impressed with that) in the other thread I started about software...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/696564/about-to-convert-500-cds-to-digital-suggestions-on-best-software-to-listen-to-music

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