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Line-Out from Asus Maximus V Gene / Realtek?

post #1 of 7
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I have an Asus Maximus V Gene, with Realtek HD audio, running Windows 8.1.

There is no dedicated Line-Out port on the mobo - there is only a green "front speaker" jack and a front "headphone" jack.

 

I have the audio set to "2 channel", but the volume controls still work - with the computer volume at 30% and my speakers (amped) at 9 o'clock, it's very loud.

This makes me pretty confident that it is not automatically switching to Line Out

 

I have gone through the settings and can't find any option to switch to line-out only. Am I missing something?

post #2 of 7

I have the MVG too. Here's what I do:

 

Realtek HD Audio Manager - Locate the picture of the different jacks at the bottom - right click on the green jack - connector retasking.

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Originally Posted by Romanamon View Post
 

I have the MVG too. Here's what I do:

 

Realtek HD Audio Manager - Locate the picture of the different jacks at the bottom - right click on the green jack - connector retasking.

 

Connector Retasking only gives me options of "speaker" or "headphones."

post #4 of 7

Speaker is the line out option. You can check at what % volume outputs 0 db by going to the levels tab of the realtek properties and right clicking the % number and selecting decibels. It might be that for your setup 0db is at a % below 100. I'm running Win7 and 100% is 0db for me.

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Speaker is the line out option. You can check at what % volume outputs 0 db by going to the levels tab of the realtek properties and right clicking the % number and selecting decibels. It might be that for your setup 0db is at a % below 100. I'm running Win7 and 100% is 0db for me.

 

I had no idea about that.

 

100% is 0db for me - which is kind of interesting, because the Klipsch then are basically too loud at anything above 25% volume (knob at 9 o'clock)...such that I can't imagine how anyone could go above maybe 30%-40% volume sitting at a desk.

post #6 of 7

That's just the way it goes sometimes. My (awful) Pro-Ject Head Box 2 is earsplitting above 11am with my very insensitive Dt770 pros. One tip that I found useful is that as long as you set the output to 24 bits, you can lower the windows volume by 10-20 db (and even up to 40db) with very little impact to quality (ie inaudible).

 

Edit:

Saying that, I'm assuming that the Realtek can actually process 24 bit data, but unless anyone knows better, it probably can't, so maybe there will be some audio degradation. Never really thought about it because I use an external DAC. Still, -10 db shouldn't hurt, then I'm afraid it's just putting up with the limted range of adjustment on your Klipsch volume.


Edited by Romanamon - 4/27/14 at 5:01pm
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Originally Posted by Romanamon View Post
 

That's just the way it goes sometimes. My (awful) Pro-Ject Head Box 2 is earsplitting above 11am with my very insensitive Dt770 pros. One tip that I found useful is that as long as you set the output to 24 bits, you can lower the windows volume by 10-20 db (and even up to 40db) with very little impact to quality (ie inaudible).

 

Edit:

Saying that, I'm assuming that the Realtek can actually process 24 bit data, but unless anyone knows better, it probably can't, so maybe there will be some audio degradation. Never really thought about it because I use an external DAC. Still, -10 db shouldn't hurt, then I'm afraid it's just putting up with the limted range of adjustment on your Klipsch volume.

 

To make matters worse the Klipsch volume knob is tiny *and* has some play. So adjusting the volume is like performing surgery.

 

I will eventually set something better set up....maybe Schiit Bifrost and Schiit Sys for a preamp volume knob.

 

For right now, I connected the speakers to the Preamp Out of my Fiio E17/E09K. The volume knob is much more usable (-90db to 0db), but it is unfortunately adding some gain (no zero-gain option on the preamp).

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