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The Xonar Essence STX Q/A, tweaking, impressions thread

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by telix, Apr 28, 2009.
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  1. Funky-kun
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    Originally Posted by audionewbieyao /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    what's your MB model?



    Here it's A8N-SLI Deluxe. I have all the multipliers and frequencies on stock.
     
  2. leeperry
    they set L and R at 76% in the control panel mixer, increasing it to 100% is in good order? and disable SW/CD of course, I'll try 0dB test tones tomorrow.

    and is it like the 49720 take a while to burn in? coz they sounded muffled and simply terrible when I first popped 'em in! [​IMG]

    I put back the stock amps, it sounds way better

    also, I've read some ppl saying that the PLL jitter was very much audible [​IMG]

    so I've put everyone under passive cooling, the card gets really hot anyway..

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. ROBSCIX
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Funky-kun /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Here it's A8N-SLI Deluxe. I have all the multipliers and frequencies on stock.



    Possibly bad card?
    Can you test it in another system?
     
  4. leeperry
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    Originally Posted by Cynips /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I failed to boot up properly the first few times after I installed my card. However, I figured it was due to my machine being overclocked and in particular the system bus. After I lowered it back to default (and later back up a bit) it's been it's usual rock stable self.



    the card definitely doesn't like o/c PCI-E bus, it's a "100MHz or nothing" kind of deal [​IMG]

    if it's o/c, it simply doesn't show up in the device manager, and the drivers give Please plug in "ASUS Xonar Essence STX Audio" and install driver again. at the installation.
     
  5. dex85
    why on the earth would you oc the pci-e? to get 3 additional frames from GPU? mine gets hot too, but i don't give a damn as long as it runs.
     
  6. Funky-kun
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ROBSCIX /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Possibly bad card?
    Can you test it in another system?




    Yup, I've had it in another system for a couple of months running absolutely OK in the third PCI-E x16 slot of a nForce 790i Motherboard.

    @leeperry

    I have absolutely no observations of excessive heat with this card. Even sitting on the very next slot to a 9800gx2, it keeps relatively cool.
     
  7. Cynips
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dex85 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    why on the earth would you oc the pci-e? to get 3 additional frames from GPU? mine gets hot too, but i don't give a damn as long as it runs.



    Well, the PCI-E wasn't oc'd but I figured the MB was stressed enough that the additional load of the Essence brought it over the limit somehow. In any case, lowering system bus values fixed it, so no need to worry any more.
     
  8. dex85
    my system bus is OCed too, i haven't had problem with that so far. however, i did have problem with 'Cool & Quiet' enabled. sound got stuck in repeating loop for a second or two whenever cpu multiplier had changed. it stopped when i updated the bios.
     
  9. leeperry
    so you guys keep L and R at 76% in the control panel mixer ? I was told that the 49720 take 3 days to burn in..yikes!

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dex85 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    why on the earth would you oc the pci-e? to get 3 additional frames from GPU? mine gets hot too, but i don't give a damn as long as it runs.



    mobo limitation. my GA-P31-DS3L raises the PCI-E bus speed >350Mhz FSB...and I found the PC snappier at 8*415 than at 9*369. but anyway, the card is not detected if the PCI-E is not 100Mhz(which is understandable)

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    Originally Posted by Cynips /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    lowering system bus values fixed it, so no need to worry any more.



    did you run Intel Burn Test? if you can run this for 10 passes...nothing will ever crash your box.
     
  10. Cynips
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by leeperry /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    did you run Intel Burn Test? if you can run this for 10 passes...nothing will ever crash your box.



    Yeah, I've run Intel BurnTest with calibrated temp sensors and even though it's getting darn hot it's still within safe bounds. I've got a (with quiet fans) well equipped Thermaltake V9 case and the CPU cooled by a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and 2 Scythe Slipstream 1200 rpm (with fan control to make them virtually inaudible).

    On a side note, I'm contemplating switching out the opamps since I think my DT150's lack a bit of air coupled with the stock Essence. Still haven't played them 200 hours though, so I'm holding off on that. Things are probably good enough for me as they are, also. I'm not a hardcore audiophile and my ears might start to be the limit - and then, music comes first after all.
     
  11. leeperry
    I have some plain 4562, might try them over the 49720 [​IMG]

    but it's not easy to take off/in these darn op-amps, don't wanna run the risk of breaking a leg...besides SQ is stellar already [​IMG]
     
  12. leeperry
    sounds like there's some crazy burn-in going on....now I'm using the lowest impedance profile and I'm at 12 o'clock! yet my cans are 600Ω
     
  13. twhtpclover
    Just curious, why not use high gain for the burn-in?
     
  14. leeperry
    sound is really distorted in max gain, I guess these are for 2000Ω headphones or sumthing [​IMG]

    in fact, volume is OK w/ lowest gain but it's not properly driven...mid impedance at 9 o'clock works like a charm, the PRAT is pretty intense...the Travel The Galaxy CD from Ed Rush & Optical is just constant head bouncing [​IMG]

    still dubious about L/R set at 76% in the drivers, though [​IMG]
     
  15. oqvist
    Is it 110 % guaranteed that bit perfect will become available? Also curious how well the DDL Live works? don´t work all the well on my Elite PRO but then it´s not officially supported either.
     
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