Xonar HDAV 1.3
(Deluxe)
Audio/Video enhanced combo card
User manual
E3867
First Edition V1
June 2008
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Contents
Contents....................................................................................................... iii
Notices........................................................................................................... v
Safety information....................................................................................... vi
Trademarks................................................................................................... vi
License......................................................................................................... vi
1.
Introduction...................................................................................... 1
1.1
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Package contents............................................................... 1
1.2
System requirements.......................................................... 1
1.3
Specifications summary...................................................... 2
Hardware overview.......................................................................... 4
2.1
Xonar HDAV card layout..................................................... 4
2.2
H6 DAC extension board layout.......................................... 6
Installing the hardware.................................................................... 7
3.1
Preparing your computer.................................................... 7
3.2
Installing the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.................................... 8
3.3
Connecting to a TV tuner card.......................................... 10
Installing software...........................................................................11
4.1
Installing the card driver.....................................................11
4.2
Installing the TotalMedia Theatre software........................ 12
Connecting speakers and peripherals......................................... 13
5.1
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)....... 13
5.2
Connecting Headphones.................................................. 14
5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems............................... 16
5.4
Connecting Microphone.................................................... 23
5.5
Connecting Line-In Audio Sources.................................... 24
5.6
Connecting Digital Audio Sources..................................... 25
Xonar HDAV Center........................................................................ 26
6.1
Xonar HDAV Center GUI.................................................. 26
6.2
Audio-Main Setting............................................................ 28
6.3
Mixer/Volume.................................................................... 38
6.4
Effects............................................................................... 41
6.5
Karaoke............................................................................. 43
6.6
FlexBass........................................................................... 44
6.7
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation).................................... 46
6.8
Smart Volume Normalization............................................ 48
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Contents
7.
8.
9.
6.9
DS3D GX and DSP Modes............................................... 50
6.10
VocalFX............................................................................. 52
6.11
Video – Splendid HD......................................................... 55
6.12
DVD/Blu-ray playback over DH/DVS/DDL/
Multiple Analog Speakers................................................. 60
ASUS GamerOSD........................................................................... 68
7.1
Enabling ASUS GamerOSD.............................................. 68
7.2
Setting ASUS GamerOSD................................................ 69
7.3
Using ASUS GamerOSD.................................................. 71
7.4
Broadcasting games with ASUS GamerOSD................... 75
RMAA Test Guide........................................................................... 79
8.1
Setting Up Xonar HDAV 1.3 card...................................... 79
8.2
Configuration and Test with RMAA................................... 82
8.3
RMAA Testing Results...................................................... 85
8.4
ASUS Xonar HDAV RightMark Audio Analyzer test.......... 86
Troubleshooting and FAQs........................................................... 90
[Troubleshooting]............................................................................. 90
[FAQs] .......................................................................................... 92
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference, and
• This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Safety information
• Before installing the device on a motherboard, carefully read all the manuals
that came with the package.
• To prevent electrical shock hazard or short circuits, switch off the power supply
before installing the device on a motherboard or connecting any singal cables
to the device.
• If the device is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service
technician or your retailer.
• Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected. If you
detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.
• To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, sockets and circuitry.
• Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in
any area where it may become wet.
• Place the product on a stable surface.
• If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified
service technician or your retailer.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical
and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local
regulations for disposal of electronic products.
Trademarks
Xonar and ASUS logo are trademarks of ASUSTek Computer Inc. “Dolby”
and “Dolby Digital Live”, “Dolby Pro Logic IIx”, “Dolby Virtual Speaker”, “Dolby
Headphone” are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. “DTS” and “DTS CONNECT”,
“DTS Interactive”, “DTS Neo: PC” are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems,
Inc. EAX and A3D are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. Microsoft,
DirectSound3D, Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Other company
and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which
they are associated. ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media
Technologies GmbH.
License
Dolby Master Studio driver is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories;
DTS Connect driver is manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems,
Inc.
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1.
Introduction
1.1
Package contents
•
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 card
•
ASUS Xonar H6 DAC extension board
(ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe only)
•
H6 extension board cable x1
•
HDMI cable x1
•
DVI-to-HDMI cable x1
•
Stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable x4
•
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1
•
Support CD (including ASUS Gamer OSD and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)
•
Quick installation guide
•
TotalMedia Theatre Bluray Disc/HD-DVD Software Player (ArcSoft) CD
1.2
System requirements
•
One DVI/HDMI graphics output
•
One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the HDAV card, and one
adjacent slot for the H6 DAC extension board
•
One available 4-pin power cable from PC’s power supply unit
•
Microsoft® Windows® Vista/ XP(32/64bit)/ MCE2005
•
Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
•
256 MB DRAM system memory
•100 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
•
Blu-ray/HD-DVD ROM
•
An HDMI-ready AV receiver or TV/monitor set (v.1.3 is better), home theater
system, high-quality headphones, or powered analog speakers, to enjoy the
ultra-high fidelity audio and video of the AV card
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3
1.3
Specifications summary
Items
Description
Main Chipset
ASUS AV200 High-Definition Audio Processor (Max.
192KHz/24bit)
Audio Processor
Video Processor
ASUS Splendid HD Video Processor
TI Burr-Brown PCM1796 *1 on AV card;
*3 on H6 DAC Extension Board
(123dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources:
(
24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs:
Cirrus-Logic CS5381* 1 120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
Output Audio OPAs
Swappable DIP-typed NS LM4562 *4 (Ultra low THD+N~
0.00003%)
Analog Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
Up to 120 dB for all channels
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at
1KHz:
Up to 118 dB
Up to 0.0004% (-108dB)
Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1KHz: Up to 0.0003% (-110dB)
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ): <10Hz to 46kHz
DAC Cross-talk at 1KHz:
Down to -130 dB
ADC Cross-talk at 1KHz:
Down to -115dB
-2.2 Vrms (6.22 Vp-p) for output
-2.0 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p) for input
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage
Bus Compatibility
-PCI Express Rev.1.0a specification compatible
-Max. full 2.5Gbps bandwidth per direction and optimized
latency for high-definition audio processing
-Compatible with X1, X4, X8, X16 PCI Express slots
PCI Express
Sample Rate and Resolution
HDMI 1.3 Playback Sample Rate and Resolution
-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit PCM
-Dolby Digital /EX, DTS 5.1/ES pass-through
-Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master
Audio pass-through upgradeable by TotalMedia player
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit PCM
-Dolby Digital /EX, DTS 5.1/ES pass-through
S/PDIF Digital Output
S/PDIF Digital Input
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
I/O Ports
HDMI-Out Type A *1
HDMI-In Type A *1
RCA jack *2 (Front L/R)
RCA jack *6 (Side/Back L/R, Center, Subwoofer)
HDMI Ports
Analog Output Jack:
Analog Input Jack:
3.50mm mini jack *1 (Line-In/Mic-In shared)
-For connecting headphone/front-out jack and mic-in jack
on the front-panel of the PC case
-Works with both Intel HD Audio and AC97 standard frontpanels (2 x5 pins)
Front-Panel Header
Other Line-level Analog Input (for CD-IN/TV
Tuner):
Digital S/PDIF Output
Digital S/PDIF Input
Driver Features
Operation System
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Headphone
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
Aux-In 4-pin header
Coaxial and high-bandwidth TOSLINK optical combo
connector supports 192KHz/24bit
High-bandwidth TOSLINK optical connector (shared with
Line-In/Mic-In jack) supports 192KHz/24bit
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Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in realtime to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your
home theater environment through one single S/PDIF
connection
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music,
watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel
surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of
stereo headphones.
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic
5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as
few as two speakers.
Dolby Pro-Logic II is the well-known technology to process
any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround
soundfield.
DTS® Connect contains DTS Interactive Encoder and DTS
Neo:PC technologies. DTS Interactive encodes any sound
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Analog Input Jack:
Front-Panel Header
Other Line-level Analog Input (for CD-IN/TV
Tuner):
Digital S/PDIF Output
Digital S/PDIF Input
3.50mm mini jack *1 (Line-In/Mic-In shared)
-For connecting headphone/front-out jack and mic-in jack
on the front-panel of the PC case
-Works with both Intel HD Audio and AC97 standard frontpanels (2 x5 pins)
Aux-In 4-pin header
Coaxial and high-bandwidth TOSLINK optical combo
connector supports 192KHz/24bit
High-bandwidth TOSLINK optical connector (shared with
Line-In/Mic-In jack) supports 192KHz/24bit
Driver Features
Operation System
Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in realtime to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your
home theater environment through one single S/PDIF
connection
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music,
watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel
Dolby Headphone
surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of
stereo headphones.
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic
Dolby Virtual Speaker
5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as
few as two speakers.
Dolby Pro-Logic II is the well-known technology to process
any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround
soundfield.
DTS® Connect contains DTS Interactive Encoder and DTS
Neo:PC technologies. DTS Interactive encodes any sound
on PC to “DTS 5.1 Surround” high bitrate digital stream to
DTS Connect Technologies
your home theater through S/PDIF connection. DTS
Neo:PC can convert stereo audio into 5.1 or 7.1-channel
high-fidelity surround sounds.
-DS3D GX 2.0 supports EAX gaming sound effects and
DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions for more games
DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.0 & 1.0 (DS3D
on Windows Vista & XP. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)
GX 2.0)
-DS3D GX 2.0 adds latest VocalFX voice effects for online
gaming or chatting.
Xonar DX provides VocalFX, the latest vocal effect technologies
for gaming and VoIP, including:
-VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your
voice in EAX games
TM
VocalFX
-ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects
when you chat online
-Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types
(Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for
fun in online chatting
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant
Smart Volume Normalizer
level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and
advantages in gaming
Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation
Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
(AEC) for best voice conferencing quality in VOIP
applications or online gaming
Dolby Digital Live
Karaoke Functions
FlexBass
Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter
Other Effects
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system for
small or large speakers
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning and shifting to adjust the
optimum soundfield for your speaker placement
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects
DirectSound3D® GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX®2.0&1.0,
DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL
generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
Software Utility
TotalMedia Theatre
ASUS Gamer OSD
RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6
7.1-ch Bluray disc/HD-DVD/DVD movie player supports HD
video/audio decoding
On-screen-display utility for gaming
Easy but powerful software intended for testing the quality
of audio equipments
Accessories
Accessories
-H6 Extension Board cable (for connecting HDAV card and
extension board) *1
-DVI-to-HDMI cable *1
-Stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable * 4
-S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptor *2
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3
2.
Hardware overview
2.1
Xonar HDAV card layout
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8
9
2
3
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4
5
6
No
Item
Description
1
HDMI In port
Connects to the DVI port of a graphics card using the
bundled HDMI-to-DVI cable for DVI signal transmission, or
connects to the HDMI Out port of an HDMI graphics card
using an HDMI cable.
2
HDMI Out port
Connects to a device with HDMI support.
3
S/PDIF Out port
Coaxial and optical TOSLINK combo digital output port.
Connects to an external digital decoder or digital speaker
systems, Home Theater systems, AV receivers for outputting
digital audio including PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA-Pro,
etc.
4
Front Right Out port
Connect the Right audio cable (red) from your 2/2.1 channel
speakers to this port. For multi-channel speaker systems,
connects to the Front Right In port on the powered speakers.
5
Front Left Out port
Connect the Left audio cable (white) from your 2/2.1 channel
speakers to this port. For multi-channel speaker systems,
connects to the Front Right In port on the powered speakers.
6
Microphone In port
Connect your external PC microphone to this 3.5mm port for
voice input. Built-in high-quality Microphone pre-amplifier.
6
Line In port
Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players,
music synthesizers and other line-level sound sources to
this 3.5mm port for audio recording or processing. (Through
Ultra-high fidelity 115dB SNR A-D converter)
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6
S/PDIF In port
Optical TOSLINK digital input jack. Connects to external
digital audio sources such as MD players, CD players, or
DVD players, for audio recording or loopback.
7
Front panel audio
header
Connect one end of the front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header on the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card, with the
other end to the chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O
module.
8
Aux Input Header
Usually connects to the Analog Audio output of TV tuner card
or other sound source inside your PC system. (To monitor
your TV tuner card’s audio from this Aux-In, you must enable
the “monitor” function for Aux-In in the Xonar HDAV Center
software’s recording mixer.)
9
Power Connector
Connects to the power cable of your power supply.
10
Bridge connector
Connects to the extension board with the bundled bridge
cable.
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2.2
H6 DAC extension board layout
1
2
3
4
7
5
6
No
Item
Description
1
Right Side Surround
Out port
Connects to the surround channel input on 4/5.1/6.1/7.1
powered analog speakers.
2
Left Side Surround
Out port
Connects to the surround channel input on 4/5.1/6.1/7.1
powered analog speakers.
3
Center Out port
Connects to the front center input on 5.1/6.1/7.1 powered
analog speakers.
4
Subwoofer Out port
Connects to the front subwoofer input on 6.1/7.1 powered
analog speakers.
5
Right Back Surround
Out port
Connects to the Right Back Surround input on 6.1/7.1
powered analog speakers.
6
Left Back Surround
Out port
Connects to the Left Back Surround input on 6.1/7.1 powered
analog speakers.
7
Bridge connector
Connects to the Xonar HDAV card with the bundled H6
extension board cable.
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3.
Installing the hardware
3.1
Preparing your computer
Before you proceed with the following installation steps, it is recommended that
you disable the onboard audio device in the BIOS settings, or uninstall any other
sound cards on your PC. (For BIOS setting or uninstallation of other sound cards,
refer to the user manuals of your motherboard and sound card.)
1.
Power off your computer and disconnect the power cord.
2.
Open the computer chassis.
3.
Remove the metal brackets from one unused PCI Express x1 slot for the
Xonar HDAV card and its adjacent slot for the H6 DAC extension board.
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3
3.2
Installing the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card
Securing the Xonar HDAV card and the H6 DAC extension board:
1.
Carefully insert the Xonar HDAV card into the PCI Express x1 slot and the
extension board into the other adjacent slot. Ensure both the Xonar HDAV
card and the extension board sit properly in place.
2.
Secure both the Xonar HDAV card and the extension board with screws or
metal brackets.
1
2
Connecting cables:
1.
Using the extension board cable, connect the Xonar HDAV card to the
extension board.
2.
Connect a 4-pin ATX power cable to the ATX power connector on the card.
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 card requires additional power to work. Ensure that you
connect the ATX power cable to the card to provide ample power.
ATX power cable
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2
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Extension board cable
Connecting to a discrete graphics card:
1.
Install a discrete graphics card on your motherboard.
2.
Using the bundled HDMI-to-DVI cable, connect the DVI Out port of the
graphics card to the HDMI In port of the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.
If you are using an HDMI graphics card, connect your graphics card with the
Xonar HDAV 1.3 card using the HDMI cable that comes with your graphics card
package.
2
1
HDMI-to-DVI cable
Graphics card
Connecting to an HDMI display device:
Using an HDMI cable, connect one end to the HDMI out port of the Xonar HDAV
card and the other end to the HDMI display device.
•
Ensure that you have properly connected the DVI-to-HDMI cable for normal
video signal transmission. Otherwise, there might be no display on your
HDMI display device.
•
Some LCD TVs with HDMI output do not support PC resolutions and may
lose audio output, excepting on following video resolutions: 480i/p, 720p,
and 1080i/p.
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3.3
1.
Connecting to a TV tuner card
If you have a traditional PCI or PCI Express TV tuner card on your PC, you
may need to connect it to the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card to send the tuner card’s
sound to your PC speakers.
2.
Secure the PCI/PCI Express TV tuner card and screw it into the back-panel.
3.
Connect the audio output header from the TV tuner card to the Aux-In header
of the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.
For optimum TV audio quality, Xonar HDAV uses ADC recording to digitize the
signal and loops it back to DAC playback. Select Aux-In as the recording source
in the Xonar HDAV Center’s recording mixer and enable the monitoring button
to pass this signal to the audio output. Using this setup, you can even turn on
sound effects such as Pro-Logic IIx to expand the stereo TV audio to 5.1 or 7.1
channel surround sound. TV audio on your PC will become even better than on
your TV set.
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4.
Installing software
4.1
Installing the card driver
Ensure that you have installed the VGA card driver before installing the Xonar
HDAV driver. Otherwise, driver installation error may occur.
1.
After you have installed the Xonar HDAV card, turn on your computer.
Windows® automatically detects the HDAV card and searches for device
drivers. When prompted for the drivers, click Cancel.
2.
Insert the support CD into the optical drive. If Autorun is enabled in your
system, the setup starts automatically. If not, run setup.exe from your
support CD.
3.
The installation program will remind you to make sure you have connected
the additional power cable from your power supply unit to the card. If the
power cable is not connected properly, the card will not work at all. If it has
not been done, turn off the computer to install the power cable before you go
on the installation process.
4.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Read the
“END USER LICENCE AGREEMENT” in the process and make sure you
understand and accept it before you continue the installation. When the
installation finishes, you may be prompted to restart your computer. You can
choose to restart the computer later if desired.
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4.2
Installing the TotalMedia Theatre software
1.
Insert the TotalMedia Theatre installation CD into the optical drive. If Autorun
is enabled in your system, the setup starts automatically. If not, run setup.
exe from the installation CD.
2.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
3.
When prompted, enter the license key located on the installation CD sleeve.
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5.
Connecting speakers and peripherals
5.1
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive technologies,
which transcode any audio, including games and music, into industry-standard
Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround bit-streams. This makes playback through your
home theater system possible, creating an immersive and impressive cinema
surround sound experience. A single digital cable connection can carry highquality Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 digital audio from any of your PC audio sources
to any digital speakers or AV Receivers with Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 decoding
capabilities.
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
SPDIF Out
2
No
Item
Description
1
Optical adapter
Plug the optical TOSLINK adapter into the S/PDIF-Out
combo connector.
2
Optical cable
Connect your decoder’s S/PDIF-In port to the optical adapter
with the TOSLINK optical cable.
You can also use a coaxial cable for a S/PDIF connection. Just plug the coaxial
RCA male connector to the S/PDIF-Out combo jack and connect the other end
into the coaxial S/PDIF input on your decoder.
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5.2
Connecting Headphones
5.2.1
Connecting Stereo Headphones
(Xonar HDAV card)
SPDIF Out
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
Stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable
The Left/Right Front Out ports have a built-in high-quality amplifier to drive headphones.
Connect your stereo headphones to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable, and then
connect the Left/Right ends to the to Front Left/Right Out ports on the Xonar HDAV card.
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5.2.2
Connecting 5.1 channel Headphones
1
2
3
(H6 DAC extension board)
(Xonar HDAV card)
2
Right Side Out
Left Side Out
3
1
Front Right Out
Center Out
Subwoofer Out
Front Left Out
No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
Connect the front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphones to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable, and
then connect the Left/Right ends to the to Front Left/Right
Out ports on the Xonar HDAV card.
2
Left/Right Side
Surround Out
Connect the side surround-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphones to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable, and
then connect the Left/Right ends to the to Left/Right Side Out
ports on the extension board.
3
Center/Subwoofer Out
Connect the Center/Bass-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphones to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable, and
then connect the Left/Right ends to the to Center/Subwooder
Out ports on the extension board.
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5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems
5.3.1
Connecting Analog Power Amplifier
1
2
3
4
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
(H6 DAC extension board)
2
Right Side Out
Left Side Out
3
Center Out
Subwoofer Out
4
Right Back Out
Left Back Out
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
Connects to the “left front” and “right front” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack-to-RCA cable, and then
connect the other end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm
cable. Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the Front Left/
Right Out ports on the Xonar HDAV card.
2
Left/Right Side
Surround Out
Connects to the “left surround” and “right surround” input
ports of the analog amplifier with the mini-jack-to-RCA cable,
and then connect the other end to the bundled stereo RCAto-3.5mm cable. Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the
Left/Right Side Out ports on the extension board.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the “Center” and “subwoofer” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack-to-RCA cable, and then
connect the other end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm
cable. Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the to Center/
Subwoofer Out ports on the extension board.
4
Left/Right Back
Surround Out
Connects to the “left back” and “right back” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack-to-RCA cable, and then
connect the other end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm
cable. Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the to Left/Right
Back Out ports on the extension board.
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5.3.2
Connecting 2/2.1 Channel Speakers
2 Speakers
2.1 Speakers
1
1
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
The Left/Right Front Out ports have a built-in high-quality
amplifier to drive headphones. Connect the 2/2.1 speaker
set’s 3.5mm plug to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable,
and then connect the Left/Right ends to the Front Left/Right
Out ports on the Xonar HDAV card.
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5.3.3
Connecting 4/4.1 Channel Speakers
4 Speakers
4.1 Speakers
1
1
2
2
(H6 DAC extension board)
(Xonar HDAV card)
2
Right Side Out
Left Side Out
1
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 4/4.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other end to the
bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally, connect the
Left/Right ends to the Front Left/Right Out ports on the
extension board.
2
Left/Right Side
Surround Out
Connects to the Side Surround input port of the 4/4.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other
end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally,
connect the Left/Right ends to the Left/Right Side Out ports
on the extension board.
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5.3.4
Connecting 5.1 Channel Speakers
5.1 Speakers
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
2
3
1
(H6 DAC extension board)
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
Right Side Out
2
Left Side Out
3
Center Out
Subwoofer Out
No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 5.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other end to the
bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally, connect the
Left/Right ends to the Front Left/Right Out ports on the Xonar
HDAV card.
2
Left/Right Side
Surround Out
Connects to the Side Surround input port of the 5.1 speakers
with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other end to
the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally, connect
the Left/Right ends to the Left/Right Side Out ports on the
extension board.
3
Center/Subwoofer Out
Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 5.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the
other end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable.
Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the Center/Subwoofer
Out ports on the extension board.
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5.3.5
Connecting 6.1 / 7.1 Channel Speakers
6.1 Speakers
7.1 Speakers
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
(H6 DAC extension board)
Right Side Out
2
Left Side Out
3
Center Out
Subwoofer Out
Right Back Out
4
Left Back Out
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Left/Right Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other end to the
bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally, connect the
Left/Right ends to the Front Left/Right Out ports on the Xonar
HDAV card.
2
Left/Right Side
Surround Out
Connects to the Side Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other
end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally,
connect the Left/Right ends to the Left/Right Side Out ports
on the extension board.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 6.1/7.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the
other end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable.
Finally, connect the Left/Right ends to the Center/Subwoofer
Out ports on the extension board.
4
Left/Right Back
Surround Out
Connects to the Back Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable, and then connect the other
end to the bundled stereo RCA-to-3.5mm cable. Finally,
connect the Left/Right ends to the Left/Right Back Out ports
on the extension board.
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5.4
Connecting Microphone
1
2
2
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
Front Right Out
Front Left Out
2
No
1
Mic In
Item
Description
Front Left/Right Out
port/Headphone port
Connect the headphone’s 3.5mm plug to the bundled stereo
RCA-to-3.5mm cable, and then connect the Left/Right ends
to the to Front Left/Right Out ports on the Xonar HDAV card.
Microphone Input
Jack
Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug to the Mic-In port on
the Xonar HDAV card for voice communication, recording, or
karaoke.
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5.5
Connecting Line-In Audio Sources
(Xonar HDAV card)
Front Right Out
1
Front Left Out
Line In
No
Item
Description
1
Line Input Jack
Connect the 3.5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any other
Line level analog audio sources into this Line-In jack for
sound recording or real-time Dolby/DTS sound processing
through the Monitoring path (See the “Mixer” section of the
driver guide).
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5.6
Connecting Digital Audio Sources
(Xonar HDAV card)
1
SPDIF In
2
No
Item
Description
1
Optical adapter
Plug the optical TOSLINK adapter into the S/PDIF-In combo
connector
2
Optical cable
Connect your MD/CD/DVD player’s S/PDIF out port to the
optical adapter with the TOSLINK optical cable
You can also use a coaxial cable for a S/PDIF digital connection. Just plug the
coaxial RCA male connector to the S/PDIF-In combo jack and connect the other
end into the coaxial S/PDIF output on the player.
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6.
Xonar HDAV Center
6.1
Xonar HDAV Center GUI
1.
After the driver installation is complete and your computer has been
rebooted, you will find the Xonar HDAV Center’s icon in the system tray on
the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Double click this icon to open the
Xonar HDAV Center utility.
If the icon could not be found in the system tray, launch the Xonar HDAV Center
from the Windows desktop by clicking Start > All Programs > ASUS Xonar
HDAV > Xonar HDAV Center.
2.
The Xonar HDAV Center is the Graphic User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar
HDAV 1.3 driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar
HDAV 1.3 driver on the Xonar HDAV Center. The following picture shows
a basic overview of the Xonar HDAV Center. The following sections of this
manual will describe its functions in more detail.
6
Minimize button
Close button
1
2
7
8
3
9
10
4
11
5
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Item
Description
1
Support link
Clicking this button will lead you to the ASUS official website.
2
Display Area
This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume
level, and the status of the Dolby/DTS technologies, EQ, and
DSP modes. Note: this area just displays information, but is
not used to alter settings.
3
HDMI mode
Click this button when you connect the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card
to an HDMI device.
4
Sound Card mode
Click this button when you connect the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card
to powered analog speakers or digital home theater systems,
etc.
5
Setting Menu Panel
This panel gives access to setting tabs, including Main
Settings, Mixer/volume, Effects, Karaoke/MagicVoice, and
FlexBass. (see the following details)
6
Information icon
Clicking this icon will pop up driver’s Information window.
7
Menu Open/Close
Clicking this button will move the display area and reveal
the configuration area below. Clicking it again will move the
display area back down.
8
Audio/Video
configuration switch
Click the corresponding switch to configure the related
settings while using the audio/video features.
9
Master Volume
This rotary knob controls the master playback volume. Drag
the small circle inside it to change the volume level.
10
Mute Button
Click this button to mute audio playback; it will display a red
light when playback is muted.
11
SVN Button
Click this button to enable the “Smart Volume Normalization”
feature for constant volume from all playback sources. It will
display a blue light when enabled.
12
DSP Mode
These 4 buttons give access to quick sound effects
combinations for Music, Games, DVD Video, and effect-free
(Hi-Fi) modes.
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6.2
Audio-Main Setting
6.2.1
HDMI Out mode / Analog Out mode
Select the appropriate mode corresponding to the device you connect the Xonar
HDAV 1.3 card to.
HDMI Out / Speaker Test / Speaker Swap
Click the HDMI mode button and configure the related settings when you
connect the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card to an HDMI device.
1
2
3
No
Item
Description
1
HDMI Out
The HDMI Out setting is used to match your actual speaker
setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1), 4
speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, 7.1 speakers. Xonar HDAV
will play the channels and does the proper 3D/Dolby sound
processing accordingly. Please select the correct speaker
type for your connected speakers.
HDMI Out also allows you to select one of the following two
formats:
-Dolby Digital Live real-time 5.1ch encoding
-DTS Interactive real-time 5.1ch encoding
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
3
Speaker Swap
Clicking this button will pop up an advanced setting window
to allow you to:
–Swap center/bass outputs for 5.1/7.1-speaker set ups
-Swap Side/Surroud outputs for 7.1-speaker set ups
Check the box if your speakers are outputting the incorrect
channel. Otherwise, leave them blank.
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Analog Out / Speaker Test / Speaker Swap
Click the Analog mode button and configure the related settings when you
connect the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card to powered analog speakers or digital
home theater systems, etc.
1
2
3
No
Item
Description
1
Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual
speaker setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1),
4 speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, and 7.1 speakers. Xonar
HDAV 1.3 will play the channels and do the proper 3D/Dolby/
DTS sound processing accordingly. Please select the correct
speaker type for your connected speakers.
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
Note: the Speaker Test function is not available on Windows
Vista due to a limitation in its audio stack.
3
Speaker Swap
Clicking this button will pop up an advanced setting window
to allow you to:
–Swap center/bass outputs for 5.1/7.1-speaker set ups
-Swap Side/Surroud outputs for 7.1-speaker set ups
Check the box if your speakers are outputting the incorrect
channel. Otherwise, leave them blank.
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6.2.2
Sample Rate
The sample rate determines the number of audio samples per second that the
Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and S/PDIF digital interface will output. The
Xonar HDAV 1.3 card can support sample rates up to 192KHz (44.1K, 48K, 96K,
192KHz). Usually audio CDs and MP3 files are 44.1KHz; DVD-Video uses 48KHz;
DVD-Audio or other HD media may contain 96KHz or 192KHz high-definition audio
content. Please select the corresponding sample rate for your playback sources
to get the best audio fidelity. Even if your setting differs from the audio source’s
sample rate, the Xonar HDAV 1.3 engine will do super high fidelity sample-rateconversion with a double floating-point filter, which can reduce total harmonic
distortion (THD+N) by -140dB.
1
No
Item
Description
1
Sample Rate
Select the sample rate that corresponds to (or exceeds that
of) your playback sources, for optimal audio fidelity. The
Xonar HDAV 1.3 card supports sample rates up to 192KHz
(44.1K, 48K, 96K, 192KHz). Typical values:
-Audio CD, MP3, WMA, Wave files are 44.1KHz;
-The audio of DVD-Video is 48KHz;
-DVD-Audio or other HD media may contain 96KHz or
192KHz high-definition audio content.
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6.2.3
SPDIF Out/DDL/DTS Interactive
Xonar HDAV 1.3 is capable of outputting Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive,
which are real-time encoders that transcode any audio, including games and
music, into industry-standard Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 bit-streams on-the-fly.
This is ideal for playback through a home theater system, creating an immersive
and impressive cinema surround sound experience. It enables a single digital
connection to carry high quality Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround audio from your
PC to digital speakers and AV Receivers.
2
3
1
No
Item
Description
1
S/PDIF Out enable/
disable
Click this check box to enable S/PDIF output.
2
S/PDIF Output
Formats/Functions
This pull-down menu allows you to select one of the following
four formats:
-PCM (Pulse Code Modulation, which is a typical raw audio
data format.)
-Dolby Digital Live real-time 5.1ch encoding
-DTS Interactive real-time 5.1ch encoding
-S/PDIF In Loopback to output (typically useful for coaxial/
optical connection transformation)
3
Dobly Digital Live
advanced upmixing
option
This advanced setting will automatically upmix stereo (2ch)
content to 5.1 channel surround with Dolby Pro-Logic II when
using Dolby Digital Live output.
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6.2.4
Audio Channels (For Vista only)
This setting only appears in Windows Vista. Vista will deliver the audio channels
to the audio driver according to this setting, no matter what the original audio
content is or how many channels they have. Therefore, you need to set this in
accordance with your audio content before you play it. Please note that this setting
is synchronized with Vista’s system speaker configuration and changing the
setting during playback will cease the audio playback program. You may have to
restart the program after the change. It’s recommended that you close all playing
programs before you change the setting.
1
No
Item
Description
1
Audio Channels
Here are some typical suggestions:
-MP3, WMA, AAC, CD, VCD, 2D games => 2 channels
-DVD-Video with Dolby Digtial or DTS 5.1 => 6 channels
-DVD-Video with Dolby Digtial EX or DTS ES => 8 channels
-3D games => 8 channels
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6.2.5
7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter
The 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter has the following major features:
•
Expanding/upmixing audio to 7.1-channel surround sound
•
Virtualizing 7.1 surround sound over any set of speakers
•
Shiftable virtual speaker positioning allows you to adjust the best sound field
easily without moving physical speakers and wires
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
No
Item
Description
1
Shifter enable/disable
Click this check box to enable the 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter.
Clicking the text bar will switch the right window to the
Speaker Shifter page for manual adjustments.
2
Drag speaker or
listener
You can drag each speaker or listener to a different relative
position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar HDAV
1.3 card will process it and virtualize each speaker position
in real-time. The Subwoofer has no directional sounds, and
hence can be moved only closer or further away.
3
Reset
Reset all Speaker Shifter settings to the defaults.
4
Increase/decrease
volume
Click + to increase volume (move speakers closer); click – to
decrease volume (move speakers further away)
5
Counter-clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate counterclockwise
6
Clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate clockwise
7
Manual Rotation
Manually drag and rotate all speakers (except Subwoofer)
8
Manual Drag Mode
This is the default mode that allows you to manually drag
each speaker or the listener with your mouse.
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6.2.6
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx is a 7.1 surround upmixing technology and is widely used in
home theater systems, TVs, game consoles, and car audio systems. It can expand
stereo audio, such as MP3, CD, and TV programs into immersive 5.1 or
7.1-channel surround.
2
3
4
5
6
1
No
Item
Description
1
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
enable/disable
Click this check box to enable Dolby Pro-Logic IIx. Clicking
the text bar will switch the right window to the Pro-Logic IIx
page for manual adjustments.
2
Center Width
This parameter is used to set the spread of the center, mainly
for the vocal signals of songs and music. Drag the scroll bar
to the left to centralize the vocal signal. Drag to the right side
to widen the vocal sound range.
3
Reset
Reset all settings to the defaults.
4
Dimension
The dimension parameter fades sounds to the front or rear
of the listener.
5
Music Mode
Music mode is the default mode for regular music playback.
In this mode, you can adjust the Center Width and
Dimension parameters.
6
Movie Mode
Movie mode is a preset optimized for movie audio.
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6.2.7
DTS Neo:PC
DTS Neo:PC is another 2-to-7.1 channel upmixing technology, using a
sophisticated algorithm from DTS Labs. It can spread stereo audio such as MP3,
CD, and TV programs into an immersive 5.1 or 7.1-channel surround sound
environment.
2
3
4
5
6
1
No
Item
Description
1
DTS Neo:PC enable/
disable
Click this check box to enable DTS Neo:PC. Clicking the text
bar will switch the right window to a DTS Neo:PC page for
manual adjustments.
2
Center Width
This parameter is used to set the spread of the center, mainly
for the vocal signals of songs and music. Drag the scroll bar
to the left to centralize the vocal signal. Drag to the right side
to widen the vocal sound range.
3
Reset
Reset all settings to the defaults.
4
Dimension
The dimension parameter fades sounds to the front or rear
of the listener.
5
Music Mode
Music mode is the default mode for regular music playback.
In this mode, you can adjust the Center Width and
Dimension parameters.
6
Movie Mode
Movie mode is a preset optimized for movie audio.
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6.2.8
Dolby Headphone
Dolby Headphone creates a stunning multi-channel surround experience over
ordinary stereo headphones for playing 3D games, watching 5.1 DVD movies, and
listening to music. Dolby Headphone produces surround sound cues so realistic
that you will believe you are listening over speakers in a well-controlled studio.
Dolby Headphone can also improve listening comfort and reduce "listener fatigue"
from long listening over headphones.
2
3
4
1
No
Item
Description
1
Dolby Headphone
enable/disable
Click this check box to enable Dolby Headphone. Clicking
the text bar will switch the right window to Dolby Headphone
page for manual adjusting.
2
DH1
Dolby Headphone (DH) provides three room filters that may
be used with any type of audio. They differ in the sense of
the “spatial dimension” they impart.
3
DH2
DH2—Livelier Room: More acoustically live than DH1
4
DH3
DH3—Larger Room: Larger room than DH1; more distant
and diffused effect.
DH1—Reference Room: Small, acoustically damped room.
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6.2.9
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a 5.1-speaker surround sound
listening environment from as few as two speakers. Dolby Virtual Speaker also
creates a wider two-channel environment during playback of stereo CDs and MP3
content, and when combined with Dolby Pro Logic® II processing, delivers a virtual
5.1-channel surround listening experience from any high-quality stereo source.
2
3
1
No
Item
Description
1
Dolby Virtual Speaker
enable/disable
Click this check box to enable Dolby Virtual Speaker. Clicking
the text bar will switch the right window to a Dolby Virtual
Speaker page for manual adjusting.
2
Reference Mode
Dolby Virtual Speaker provides two modes of virtualization:
The first is Reference mode, which virtualizes the missing
speakers as in the following picture.
3
Wide Mode
Wide mode virtualizes the necessary speakers and
enhances the surround experience as in the following
picture.
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6.3
Mixer/Volume
The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording on
the Xonar HDAV 1.3. In addition, the Xonar HDAV 1.3 also provides a high-quality
digital monitoring function for hearing the recorded audio from the speakers. You
can also process the input signals with all playback sound effects such as Dolby
and DTS technologies.
6.3.1
Playback Volume
1
6
2
3
4
5
No
Item
Description
1
Playback volume tab
Click this button to show the playback volume page.
2
Left / Right balance
The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
3
Volume slider
Drag this slider down to decrease the volume; drag it up to
increase the volume. The tool-tip reveals the percentage
number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale level.
4
Mute button
Click this button to mute the audio channel; click this button
again to restore the audio output.
5
Source / path name
This shows the source name for each volume control slider,
including:
- WAVE: All digital audio sources except MIDI files
- SW: Software Synthesizer; control the playback volume of
the MIDI files
- CD: CD-ROM digital playback (CD-DA) volume control
- LEFT, RIGHT…: the volume control for each speaker/
channel
Note: Windows® Vista doesn’t support WAVE, Synthesizer
and CD-In volume controls.
6
Reset
Reset all volume controls to the default settings
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6.3.2
Recording/Monitoring Volume
1
8
9
2
3
4
5
6
7
No
Item
Description
1
Recording Volume Tab
Click this button to show the recording volume page.
2
Left/Right balance
This horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
3
Recording volume
slider
Drag this slider down to decrease the recording volume; drag
up to increase the recording volume. The tool-tip reveals the
percentage number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale
level.
4
Recording Selector
button
Click this button to select the path/source you are going to
record. Please note that the recording function on Windows
is a one-path selector. So, you can select only one default
recording source at a time. You may have to restart the
recorder program if you switch to a different source. (Note:
On Vista, some application programs may allow you to
select the recording device/path in the recording programs
themselves.)
5
S/PDIF-In Advanced
Setting
Click this button
S/PDIF-In:
to open the advanced settings for the
Enabling “Validity Check” will check out the PCM audio
validity bit of S/PDIF input stream to prevent recording or
monitoring non-PCM/not recordable audio (such as AC3,
etc.), which will become unrecognizable sounds from your
speakers.
(continued on the next page)
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6
Monitoring button
Click this button to monitor and loopback recording audio
to outputs (PC speakers). Therefore, the recording volume
will influence the monitoring signals from speaker outputs.
The audio will be mixed into the streams you are playing
out from your PC and all DSP effects will be applied to the
source, too. A typical benefit is to apply Dolby Pro-Logic
IIx 7.1-ch spreading for your TV audio, CD, MP3, or stereo
game console audio from Wii, Xbox, PS2/PS3/PSP, etc.
To apply Dolby Virtual Speaker is suitable for two-speaker
environment.
NOTE: When the monitoring function is enabled, audio
output from HDMI output is disabled.
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Source / path name
This shows the source name for each volume control slider,
including:
S/PDIF-In: S/PDIF digital input source
Mix: Stereo Mix which will record all analog inputs and digital
wave audio you are playing on PC
Aux: recording from Aux-In for typically TV-tuner card audio
or other sound sources
Line-In: recording from Line-in jack for external audio devices
WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on
PC (Note: Windows Vista doesn’t support WAVE recording.)
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Microphone-In
advanced setting
Click this button
Microphone-In:
to open the advanced settings for the
Enabling “Microphone Boost” will increase a volume gain
to boost microphone input signals. If you connect your
microphone to the front panel audio module, enable “Front
Panel Microphone”. For typical low-cost PC microphone, it’s
recommended to enable this function.
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Reset
Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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Effects
6.4.1
Environment Effects
Environment effects can be used to create realistic listening experiences that
mimic different environments. There are a total of 27 environment options, which
can be applied to all 2D sound sources, like music.
3
1
2
No
Item
Description
1
Default environments
These four buttons activate Bathroom, Concert hall,
Underwater, and Music Pub environments, respectively.
2
More options
Clicking this button will apply the environment effect that you
select from the pull-down menu on the right side. There are
another 23 options in this menu.
3
Environment size
There are three size settings for each environment: Large,
Medium, and Small.
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6.4.2
10-Band Equalizer
The equalizer can modify the audio output for different frequencies, and be used
to compensate for deficiencies in your speakers/systems. There are 12 default
patterns and you can also make your own settings.
1
3
2
4
5
6
No
Item
Description
1
Default equalizer
options
There are 12 available equalizer patterns. Click one to apply
it.
2
Equalier slider
Adjust the gain for each band (30~16KHz)
3
User Defined
You can click this button to apply your own defined
parameters saved in the pull-down menu.
4
Save name
Key in a name for your own “User Defined” equalizer setting
5
Add / save
Click this “+” button to save the parameters into User Defined
list
6
Delete
Click this “–” button to delete the parameters from User
Defined list
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Karaoke
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 provides powerful features for Karaoke, including KeyShifting, Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo. Key-Shifting can change the
pitch of Karaoke background music, and Vocal Cancellation can reduce the original
vocal in songs and keep the music and symphony for karaoke.
5
1
2
3
4
No
Item
Description
1
On/Off
Click the switch to turn on or off the functions on this page.
2
Key-Shifting
Check the box to enable or disable the key shifting feature
for music playback from 4 semitones below, to 4 semitones
above.
3
Vocal Cancellation
Checkbox to enable or disable the vocal cancellation function
and adjust the voice cancellation level from 0 to +100. +100
will eliminate most original vocals (default value is 50).
4
Mic Echo
Select the Mic Echo function and adjust the gain for echo
signals (30~16KHz)
5
Reset
Reset all settings to the default.
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6.6
FlexBass
FlexBass, an advanced bass management and enhancement mechanism, allows
you to select each satellite speaker’s type for optimal sound performance from the
speakers. (Small: common speaker that cannot produce low frequencies; Large:
wide-band speakers that can produce low frequencies well). It comes with an
adjustable crossover frequency for the boundary of the bass signals. FlexBass will
filter out the bass signals from small speaker channels and redirect them all to the
subwoofer or Large speakers.
4
1
2
3
No
Item
Description
1
On/Off
Click this switch to turn on or off all functions on this
FlexBass page.
2
Small / Large speaker
option
Select the speaker type that you connected. If your speaker
type cannot perform low-frequency signals (bass), select
“Small” speaker type and Xonar HDAV 1.3 will filter out the
bass signals and send them to the subwoofer channel. If
those speakers are full-range, you can select the “Large”
speaker type.
Note: Usually, low-cost PC’s 2-channel speakers are
small-type speakers. Refer to the speaker’s specification.
If you have any questions, consult your speaker vendor.
However, common 2.1 speakers with a subwoofer should
be categorized as Large speakers because the subwoofer
can redirect the bass signals inside the two channels to the
subwoofer speaker automatically.
3
Picture for Small/
Large speaker
Colors for small/large speakers are different.
Orange: large speakers
Green: small speakers
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LFE Crossover
Frequency
Adjusts the cut-off frequency (50~250Hz) for LFE (lowfrequency effects) signals. Xonar HDAV 1.3 will filter out
the bass signals below the crossover frequency from small
speaker channels and forward them to the subwoofer. The
higher the crossover frequency, the more bass signals will be
subtracted.
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6.7
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation)
Xonar HDAV 1.3 provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for best
voice communication quality over your speakers. AEC technology can eliminate upto-40dB speaker echo return and suppress noises into your microphone for easier
conversation experience. AEC is an innovative feature to make Xonar HDAV 1.3
the best sound card choice for online chatting in VOIP applications (Skype, MSN,
Google, QQ, etc.) or online gaming. AEC provides the following benefits to you:
•
Reduces the voice acoustic echoes like speakerphone devices when others
talk to you on line
•
Minimizes the playback sound echoes into your microphone during gaming or
music playback
•
Effectively suppresses background or system noises into your microphone
•
32-bit floating point algorithm providing precisely adaptive echo cancellation
performance up to 40dB
•
Supports all VOIP applications and online games
To achieve the best performance of AEC function, the ideal system requirements
are as follows:
1.
Speakers and microphone are low distortion (max. THD < 2%)
2.
Flat frequency response between 300~4KHz
3.
Use omni-direction electret microphone with >=40dB sensitivity
4.
The microphone is more than 30cm far from PC’s speakers (fix the distance)
and do NOT turn your speakers too loud
5.
Put your microphone 20~30cm away from you (fix the distance) and do NOT
speak too close or too loud into the microphone to avoid signal clipping and
distortion. Enable “microphone boost” on Xonar HDAV Center mixer to get
proper input signal level.
6.
It’s suggested to disable original AEC function residing in some of the softphones or voice communication programs to get best performance from
Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.
AEC function will be only suitable for bi-direction voice communication
applications. The speaker type will be set as 2 speakers and special voice
processing mode while AEC is applied (all audio effects will be suspended and
those controls on audio center will be frozen.). After you finish the voice-overIP applications, please remember to turn it off for normal high-fidelity audio
playback mode.
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1
No
Item
Description
1
AEC
Click to open the AEC function page.
2
Enable AEC
Click the checkbox to enable AEC function. An alert message
will pop up:
This message implies that the speaker configuration will
be set to 2 speakers and all sound effect processors will
be suspended except AEC function. Click “OK” to accept
it or “Cancel” if you want to enable it later. Checking “Don’t
remind me again” will not display this message again.
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6.8
Smart Volume Normalization
Smart Volume NormalizationTM (SVN) automatically keeps all music or video/TV
audio output at a constant level to reduce manual adjustment hassles inherent
with sound sources of different loudness. It allows you to listen to various content,
like MP3, TV program, DVD video and even games with consistent sound level.
The following graph shows how different signals 1 & 2 will become the same level
(for example, 10dB below full scale) after you turn on SVN. Please note that for
lower volume music 2, it will become louder when you turn on SVN; and for higher
volume music 1, it will become quieter.
0dB (Full-scale)
Music 1
T
-10 dB
Music 2
SVN Off
SVN On
-
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2
1
No
Item
Description
1
SVN On/Off
Click this button to enable SVN. This button is outlined blue
when active.
2
SVN blue light
When SVN is enabled, the master volume knob will be
illuminated by a blue light. It will be lit red if the volume is
muted.
3
SVN display
When SVN is enabled, “Smart Volume” will be lit up at the
bottom of the volume meter and the volume meter will show
the level.
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6.9
DS3D GX and DSP Modes
Xonar HDAV 1.3 is introducing an innovative technology –DirectSound 3D Game
Extensions v1.0 (DS3D GX 1.0)- to restore DirectSound 3D Hardware acceleration
mode and its subsidiary EAX effects on Windows Vista for 3D games. Unlike some
proprietary API like OpenAL, DS3D GX doesn’t require games to support OpenAL
API. All existing games compatible with Microsoft DirectX and DirectSound 2D/3D
will be supported with DS3D GX technology. Before you start EAX and DS3D HW
games, enable DS3D GX on the Xonar HDAV Center, and disable the function
after the games.
Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
DS3D GX 2.0 not only revives EAX and DirectSound HW effects, but also
allows you to run EAX HD 5.0 games on both XP and Vista. It provides the best
compatibility with existing DirectX games. GX2.0 also adds innovative VocalFX
voice effects for existing EAX games or VOIP applications.
Besides the abundant sound effects described above, the Xonar HDAV 1.3 also
provides quick Digital Sound Processing modes which are configured for typical
applications including Music, Movies, and Games over different output speaker
types. In addition, Xonar HDAV 1.3 also offers a Hi-Fi mode for hi-fidelity playback
without any effect processing to keep the original audio fidelity. Every time you turn
on Hi-Fi mode, Xonar HDAV 1 will clear all sound effects. It’s also recommended
to use Hi-Fi mode for audio quality tests (using RMAA software or another
machine-based measurement). Use the DSP mode button as the quick setup if you
don’t wish to know the details of the effect setup. (Note: no sound effects will be
applied to high-definition 96KHz/192KHz content.)
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4
2
5
1
No
Item
Description
1
GX Mode
DirectSound 3D Game Extensions mode to support EAX and
DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for lots of DirectX/
DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista.
2
Hi-Fi Mode
This mode is set for Hi-Fidelity playback, where all effects will
be cleared to keep the original digital data and analog output
quality as high as possible.
3
Music Mode
This mode is set for Music playback.
4
Movie Mode
This mode is set for DVD Movie playback.
5
Game Mode
This mode is set for Games.
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6.10
VocalFX
VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into
the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in
online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise
who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice
communication on PC.
3
4
5
1
2
No
Item
Description
1
VoiceEX
It produces realistic and dynamic environmental
reverberation for your voice in 3D gaming communication.
2
Local VoiceEX
It produces realistic and dynamic environmental
reverberation for your voice in 3D gaming communication.
3
ChatEX
It emulates different background environment effects when
you chat online.
4
Magic Voice
Changes your voice pitch to different types for disguising
your real voice or just for fun in online chatting.
5
App List
You can add VOIP application into VOIP application List.
(You can hear your voice form speakers)
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For 3D Games
1.
Check the check box of VoiceEX and Local VoiceEX.
2.
Make sure you and your team member can talk to each other in the game.
For VOIP
1.
Press App List
2.
If you don’t see the VOIP application of yours in the list, press Add.(Make
sure the Skype and MSN Messenger are the latest version)
3.
Look for the application’s location and Open it.
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4.
Your VOIP application has been added into list.
5.
Check the check box of ChatEX and Magic Voice.
6.
You can use ChatEX and Magic Voice when you chat online.
Click the checkbox to enable VocalFX function, then a prompt message will pop
up:
This message implies the record device will be set to microphone. Make sure
the GX function is enabled. Click “OK” to accept it, or “Cancel” if you want to
enable it later. Check “Don’t remind me again” if you don’t want to see this
message pop up next time.
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Video – Splendid HD
Splendid HD is a utility that upgrades the visual performance for your LCD monitor
or LCD TV with the advanced HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia interface) output.
6.11.1
Activating Splendid HD
To use the Splendid HD:
1.
Click the Video button on the Xonar HDAV Center.
1
2
4
3
Click if your
display is an
LCD monitor
Click if your
display is an
LCD TV
2.
Click the Splendid On button on the Xonar HDAV Center; clicking this button
again will disable this feature.
3.
Click the LCD monitor / LCD TV icon depending on which display you use.
4.
The Splendid HD provides three modes that allow you to change the
configurations according to different viewing conditions, such as viewing
photos, watching movies, and playing games. Click ON / OFF to enable or
disable the mode you select.
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5.
You can also set hotkeys for each mode, which enables you to switch modes
quickly. Follow the steps below to set a hotkey.
a. Click the Hotkey textbox
following:
to display the b. Click on the Hotkey textbox then press desired keys. Ctrl and Alt keys are the default keys.
c. Click Set to apply settings.
6.11.2
Photo Mode
To enable the Photo Mode, click the corresponding ON button. The button is
lighted up in green color when Photo Mode is on. Select desired settings from the
two default color-enhanced settings: Nature and Vivid.
If you want to see the comparison between the original screen and the
color-enhanced screen, click the Demo On button. When the demo starts, a
vertical green line divides the screen. The left side of the green line is the original
screen and the right side the color-enhanced screen. Click Cancel to stop
scanning.
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You can customize two more settings based on your needs.
To add customized settings, select CustomA / CustomB then click the Custom
button.
From the customize settings screen, adjust the brightness, saturation, hue,
contrast, and sharpness according to your desired settings and name your
customized setting. Click OK when done.
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6.11.3
Video Mode
To enable the Video Mode, click the corresponding ON button. The button is lighted
up in green color when Video Mode is on. Select desired settings from the two
default color-enhanced settings: Action Movie and Theater Mode.
You can customize two more settings based on your configuration. Follow the
instructions in the Photo Mode section on how to create customized settings.
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6.11.4
Game Mode
Your system must have the following two items installed before using Game
Mode:
1. ASUS graphics card
2. ASUS GamerOSD utility.
To enable the Game Mode, click the corresponding ON/OFF button. The button
displays OFF when Game Mode is on. Select desired settings from the two default
color-enhanced settings: FPS Games (First Personal Shooting Game) and RPG
(Role-Playing Game) /RTS Games (Real-Time Strategy Game).
You can customize two more settings based on your needs. Follow the instructions
in the Photo Mode section on how to create customized settings.
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6.12
DVD/Blu-ray playback over DH/DVS/DDL/Multiple Analog Speakers
6.12.1
Under Windows XP
Dolby Headphone (Viertualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo headphone)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
6.
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Select Headphone in Analog Out.
Check Dolby Headphone.
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Dolby Virtual Speaker (Virtualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo speakers)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
Select 2 Speakers in Analog Out.
6.
Check Dolby Virtual Speaker.
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DVD/Blu-ray playback by SPDIF/HDMI (Dolby Digital/DTS digital audio passthrough)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select S/PDIF in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center
5.
Enable SPDIF Out.
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DVD/Blu-ray playback by SPDIF/HDMI (Add Sound effects w/ DDL encoding)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
Enable SPDIF Out.
6.
Select Dolby Digital Live in SPDIF Out.
7.
In this mode, you are able to adjust the DVD sound volume, your multispeaker placement and surround soundfield virtually by 7.1 Virtual Speaker
Shifter. You can also add environmental reverbs or EQ effect into the movie
surround sounds. In a word, you can optimize the movies’ sounds even over
Dolby Digital output to your home theater.
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6.12.2
Under Windows Vista
Dolby Headphone (Viertualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo headphone)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
6.
Select Headphone in Analog Out.
7.
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Dolby Virtual Speaker (Virtualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo speakers)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
6.
7.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
Select 2 Speakers in Analog Out.
Check Dolby Virtual Speaker.
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DVD/Blu-ray playback by SPDIF/HDMI (Dolby Digital/DTS digital audio passthrough)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select S/PDIF in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center
5.
Enable SPDIF Out.
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DVD/Blu-ray playback by SPDIF/HDMI (Add Sound effects w/ DDL encoding)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
2.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open Xonar HDAV Center.
5.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
6.
Enable SPDIF Out.
7.
Select Dolby Digital Live in SPDIF Out.
8.
In this mode, you are able to adjust the DVD sound volume, your multispeaker placement and surround soundfield virtually by 7.1 Virtual Speaker
Shifter. You can also add environmental reverbs or EQ effect into the movie
surround sounds. In a word, you can optimize the movies’ sounds even over
Dolby Digital output to your home theater.
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7.
ASUS GamerOSD
ASUS GamerOSD allows you to share real-time gaming experience while playing
full-screen games. Users can remotely monitor a live broadcast using the Internet
Explorer.
7.1
Enabling ASUS GamerOSD
Enable ASUS GamerOSD after installing the utility from the support CD.
To launch ASUS GamerOSD:
1.
2.
Right click on an empty space of the Windows® desktop and select
Properties. From the Display Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab
then click Advanced.
Select the ASUS tab then ASUS OSD to display the properties window.
3.
Click the Enable ASUS OSD check box.
4.
Click on the Hotkey textbox then press desired keys. Ctrl and Alt keys are
the default keys.
5.
Click Apply to apply settings or click OK to apply settings then exit. Click
Cancel if you want to discard settings and exit.
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Setting ASUS GamerOSD
After installing and enabling ASUS GamerOSD, click on the GamerOSD icon
on the Windows® taskbar and select Setting to display the setup menu. If you exit
the utility, go to Start > Programs > ASUS > GamerOSD AP > GamerOSD to
relaunch the program.
The GamerOSD setup menu is as follows:
Capture Mode
Broadcast
Select to have live broadcasts of the games you are playing on the Internet.
Movie
Select to record games and save the videos.
Advanced Setting
Allows yout to set the Video Capture Size, Video Capture Frame Rate, Sound
Capture Device, Broadcast Port, and Movie Format.
Start Broadcasting
Click to start live broadcasts of games. When selected, the broadcasting icon
appears on the Windows® taskbar. This item is disabled when you select
Movie.
For detailed instructions on how to broadcast games and the related Internet
Explorer security settings, refer to section 7.4 Broadcasting games with ASUS
GamerOSD.
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HotKeys
Allows you to set the hotkeys to launch GamerOSD in full-screen games, to start/
stop recording games, and to capture game screens.
The default hotkeys are:
•
•
•
GamerOSD: Ctrl + Alt + O
Record Movie: Ctrl + Alt + S
Screen Shot: Ctrl + Alt + C
To set a hotkey:
to display the
1.
Click the pencil icon
hotkey textbox.
2.
Click on the hotkey textbox then press
desired keys. Ctrl and Alt keys are the
default keys.
3.
Click OK to apply or click Cancel to discard settings.
View
Movie
Click to open the Movie folder
where the recorded games are
saved. Double-click an item to play.
Screen Shot
Click to open the ScreenShot folder
where the captured images are
saved. Double-click an item to view.
The Movie and Screenshot
folders are stored in \\My
Documents\ASUS\GamerOSD.
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7.3
Using ASUS GamerOSD
In a full-screen game, launch ASUS GamerOSD using the GamerOSD hotkeys.
7.3.1
3D Display Setting
Show FPS
Allows you to show/hide FPS on your monitor and choose where to display
FPS. Configuration options: OFF, L/T (left top), R/T (right top), R/B (right
bottom), L/B (left bottom).
Even if you choose not to display FPS on your monitor, you can see the FPS
from the OC GEAR screen.
FPS Text Color
Changes the text color of FPS.
Configuration options: R (red), G (green), B (blue), Y (yellow), W (white).
GPU Speed
Allows you to adjust the GPU speed.
Enable Display Adjustment
Click the right arrow key to enable and the left arrow key to disable this
function. The following three items become configurable when you enable
Display Adjustment.
Gamma
Adjusts the current Gamma value of the game.
Brightness
Adjusts the current brightness of the game.
Contrast
Adjusts the current contrast of the game.
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7.3.2
Video Capturing
The items in this menu are mostly controlled by the GamerOSD setup menu.
Refer to section 7.2 Setting ASUS GamerOSD for further informaiton.
Capture Mode
Displays Movie if you select Movie in the GamerOSD setup menu. This item
shows Broadcast if you previously selected Broadcast.
Start/Stop
When Movie mode is selected, this item shows the hotkeys for starting/
stopping recording games. In Broadcast mode, this item shows N/A.
Current Client(s)
Shows 0 in Movie mode. In Broadcast mode, this item shows the number of
connected viewers watching your broadcast.
Capture Size
Shows the resolution of the captured videos. This item is set in Advanced
Setting in the GamerOSD setup menu.
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Capture Rate
Shows the frame rate of the captured videos. This item is set in Advanced
Setting of the GamerOSD setup menu.
Start Capturing
In Movie mode, press the right/left arrow key or the set
hotkeys to start/stop recording games. A red blinking
dot appears on the bottom left corner of your screen
when recording. The recorded videos are automatically
saved in the Movie folder and named by date.
In Broadcast mode, press the right/left arrow key to start/stop broadcasting
games.
For detailed instructions on how to broadcast games and the related Internet
Explorer security settings, refer to section 7.4 Broadcasting games with ASUS
GamerOSD.
7.3.3
Screenshots
Screenshot Mode
Allows you to shift the image capturing mode between Single and Multiple.
Files Format
Allows you to select the image files format.
Configuration options: bmp, gif, jpg.
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The following two items are enabled when you select Multiple screenshot mode.
Capture Numbers
Allows you to set the number of screenshots captured consecutively.
Configuration options: 3, 4, – 9, 10.
Capture Interval (sec)
Allows you to set the capture interval in seconds.
Configuration options: 1, 2, – 5.
Hot Key
Shows the hotkeys for capturing screens. Press the hotkeys to capture
screens. The images are automatically saved in the ScreenShot folder and
named by date.
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7.4
Broadcasting games with ASUS GamerOSD
ASUS GamerOSD allows you to broadcast the games you are playing live on the
Internet. Before broadcasting, you need to configure your Internet Explorer security
options.
7.4.1
Internet Explorer browser setup
To configure your IE browser:
1.
Launch Internet Explorer.
2.
Go to Tools > Internet Options.
3.
From the Internet Options dialog
box, select the Security tab then
click the Trusted Sites icon.
4.
Click Sites to display the Trusted
sites window.
5.
Key in the Internet Protocol (IP) of
the broadcast host on the text box
then click Add.
6.
Click OK when done or Cancel to
discard changes.
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7.
Click Custom Level to display the
Security Settings window.
8.
Enable all items then click OK.
9.
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Click OK to exit the Internet Options
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GamerOSD broadcast setup
To enable broadcasting in GamerOSD:
1.
2.
Click on the GamerOSD icon
on the Windows® taskbar and select
Setting to display the setup menu.
Select Broadcast. Click Advanced
Setting to configure related settings
and click Start Broadcasting. A
broadcasting icon
appears on
the Windows® taskbar.
3.
Start a full-screen game. Launch the
GamerOSD using the hotkeys.
4.
Press the Page Up/Down key to
go to the Video Capturing menu
and use the Up/Down arrow key to
highlight Start Capturing.
5.
Press the right arrow key to start
broadcasting.
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Watching broadcasts
Remote clients can watch the game you’re playing via live broadcast on the
Internet.
To watch broadcasts:
1.
From the IE Address box, key in the IP address of the computer that is
broadcasting a game.
2.
Click the play button
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RMAA Test Guide
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 driver CD includes RightMark Audio Analyzer (RMAA), a
popular software intended for testing the quality of audio equipment, be it a sound
card, portable MP3 player, consumer CD/DVD player, or a speaker system. The
measurements are conducted by playing and recording test signals, and using
frequency analysis algorithms. The following provides a step-by-step loop-back
test guide for your Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.
8.1
Setting Up Xonar HDAV 1.3 card
Open the Xonar HDAV Center. Use the settings below:
1.
Select the sample rate you will be using with RMAA (here we set 48KHz for
testing 48KHz/24bit signals).
2.
Set analog output to 2-speaker mode (to get rid of any channel processing
over RMAA stereo signals in the driver)
3.
Turn off all sound effects including Dolby, DTS, 7.1 speaker shifter, EQ,
Environment, etc. A quick way to do so is to enable the “Hi-Fi mode” button in
the Xonar HDAV Center.
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4.
Go to the Mixer Recording page and select “Line In” as the recording source.
Click “Reset” to make sure the recording volume is on the default highest
level (0dB). This allows you to get realistic output and input quality ratings for
the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card.
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You may also choose to use an external 3.5mm line cable as follows (as short
as possible) to connect the Front-Out jack to the Line-In jack for loop-back
testing. In that case, select “Line In” as the recording source on the mixer page.
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Click “Reset” on the playback volume mixer page to keep the volume setting
on default.
6.
Turn the master volume to the MAX level (0dB)
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Configuration and Test with RMAA
Start RMAA and follow the setup procedure below.
1.
Select playback devices as “[DirectSound] ASUS Xonar HDAV Audio”. (As
Windows MME mode does not support high-resolution 24bit audio playback
and the data may be manipulated by Windows, the real hardware quality can
not be measured properly.)
2.
Select recording devices as “[MME] ASUS Xonar HDAV Audio”.
3.
Select 24bit and 48KHz for the test signals. (If you change the format here,
remember to go back to set the same sample rate output in the Xonar HDAV
Center)
4.
Click the loop-back mode test button
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5.
Check if the levels shown in the Adjusting level window are OK (the level
meter will be green).
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If the recording volume level is not high enough, check and make sure the
WAVE and Master Volume have been at the maximum level; instead, if the
recording volume level is too high, lower the WAVE and Master volumes
gradually until the level is ok.
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7.
Begin the test by clicking the “Start test” button. If you cannot get the level to
be “OK” after the previous step, click “Start test” anyways and proceed.
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8.
Enter “ASUS Xonar HDAV Audio” in the New slot name and select one Empty
slot. Click “OK” when done.
9.
RMAA will pop up the Test results window. You can click the “Select”
checkbox and click
to “Make html report”.
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10. Check and key in the report name/options as follows and then click “OK”
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RMAA Testing Results
Open the html file you created and saved in the test above, and it will display the
report with both data and plots in your browser. The following report is a sample
and you can see how high-fidelity and crystal-clean the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card is for
both output and input (one of the world’s finest sound cards, it has higher quality
than most CE devices.) You can also try testing the performance for other sample
rates and bit-depths with the same procedure.
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Testing chain: External loopback (line-out - line-in)
Sampling mode: 24-bit, 48 kHz
Summary
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB:
+0.03, -0.04
Excellent
Noise level, dB (A):
-116.2
Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A):
116.1
Excellent
THD, %
0.0003
Excellent
THD + Noise, dB (A)
-103.9
Excellent
IMD + Noise, %:
0.0007
Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB:
-115.5
Excellent
IMD at 10 kHz, %:
0.0007
Excellent
General performance
Excellent
General performance: Excellent
Frequency response
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Frequency range
Response
From 20 Hz to 20 kHz, dB
-0.12, +0.03
From 40 Hz to 15 kHz, dB
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Parameter
Left
Right
RMS power, dB:
-115.0
-114.3
RMS power (A-weighted), dB:
-116.5
-115.9
Peak level, dB FS:
-90.3
-89.8
DC offset, %:
-0.00
-0.00
Dynamic range
Parameter
Left
Right
Dynamic range, dB:
+115.1
+114.2
Dynamic range (A-weighted), dB:
+116.5
+115.6
DC offset, %
-0.00
-0.00
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THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
Parameter
Left
Right
THD, %:
+0.0002
+0.0004
THD + Noise, %:
+0.0006
+0.0006
THD + Noise (A-weighted), %:
+0.0006
+0.0007
Intermodulation distortion
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Parameter
Left
IMD + Noise, %:
+0.0006
+0.0008
IMD + Noise (A-weighted), %:
+0.0004
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Stereo crosstalk
Parameter
Left
Right
Crosstalk at 100 Hz, dB
-112
-110
Crosstalk at 1000 Hz, dB
-115
-114
Crosstalk at 10000 Hz, dB
-97
-97
IMD (swept tones)
Parameter
Left
Right
IMD + Noise at 5000 Hz,
0.0006
0.0007
IMD + Noise at 10000 Hz,
0.0005
0.0009
IMD + Noise at 15000 Hz,
0.0005
0.0011
*This report was generated by RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6
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9.
Troubleshooting and FAQs
[Troubleshooting]
The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
1.
Make sure that you have properly plugged the audio card in the PCI Express
slot on your motherboard.
2.
Check that the Windows hardware device manager has discovered a
multimedia audio device. If no device is found, please try scanning for new
hardware.
3.
Try soft reboot (restart) your Windows.
4.
Remove the card, plug it into another PCI Express slot, and try again.
I couldn’t find the Xonar HDAV Center
Instructions:
1.
Make sure you have installed the driver
2.
Find the Xonar HDAV Center icon in the system tray on the bottom right-hand
corner of the screen. Double click the icon to open the Xonar HDAV Center
utility..
3. If the icon could not be found in the system tray, go to the Windows Control
Panel and double click the “Xonar HDAV Center” icon to make it visible in the
system tray again.
4. After the driver installation is complete, it’s recommended that you reboot your
computer to complete the setup. If the icon still doesn’t appear, please try
installing the driver package again.
I can’t hear any sound from my analog speakers
Instructions:
1.
Xonar HDAV 1.3 card needs the power cable to supply addition power in
addition to the basic PCI Express bus power. Please double check you have
plugged the small 4-pin power plug onto Xonar HDAV 1.3 power connector.
If you did not plug the internal power, Xonar HDAV Center will remind you
a warning message and won’t allow your operation when you double click
Xonar HDAV Center icon in the system tray.
2.
Ensure that you have connected speakers properly and have powered on
your speakers
3.
Ensure that the device master volume or the software player has NOT been
muted on the Xonar HDAV Center
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If you are using Dolby Digital Live or DTS Interactive encoders through the
S/PDIF output, the analog output will be muted to get rid of the interference
between your digital speaker system and analog speakers or headphones.
Check if this is the case.
5.
Try restart your Windows.
I can’t hear any sound from the S/PDIF output
Instructions:
1.
Ensure that you have enabled S/PDIF output in the Audio Center GUI (Main
page)
2.
Ensure that you are connecting the correct S/PDIF output jack on the card to
the decoder’s (AV receiver) S/PDIF input jack
3.
You may need to select the correct input and mode of your decoder or AV
receiver. For Dolby Digital or DTS output, you may have to double check that
the AV receiver is in that decoding mode.
4.
If you are using 192KHz PCM output, please make sure your decoder can
support 192KHz decoding. Try changing it to 44.1K or 48KHz first.
I can’t hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, etc.) from my speakers
Instructions:
1.
Go to the mixer recording page in the Audio Center and select the correct
input as the recording source (Xonar HDAV 1.3 uses high-quality 118dB
digital recording and monitoring to route the input signal through to the
output.) If you are using Windows Vista, please also go to system audio
control panel to see the current default recording/input device is right.
2.
Remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source.
I can’t hear the TV tuner audio from my speakers
Instructions:
1. If you are using a traditional TV tuner card which has analog audio output,
please connect it to the Aux-In header on the audio card
2. Select Aux-In as the recording source and remember to turn on the digital
monitoring button on the recording mixer page
3. If you are using a TV tuner card which has digital audio output instead
of analog, please check that the sound is not muted and whether other
applications can play sound out. If you still have problem, please read the TV
tuner card’s software user guide.
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I found no sound effects when playing 96K or 192KHz sound sources.
Instructions:
1. Currently Xonar HDAV 1.3 effects including Dolby/DTS support common
44.1K, 48KHz sound sources processing and will assure high-definition audio
(96K/192KHz) in hi-fidelity playback. This is also usually the behavior that
professional audiophiles and musicians prefer.
2. If you still want to have the effects, you can use some editing software
(Ableton Live, Cakewalk, CoolEdit, Soundforge, etc.) to convert the sounds
into 48KHz files.
3. Please note that the frequency meter on Xonar HDAV Center panel will not
take effect either when the playback source is 96KHz or 192KHz sample rate
to prevent any processing distortion.
[FAQs]
Q1: Does the Xonar HDAV 1.3 support Windows Vista?
Answer:
Yes, the Xonar HDAV 1.3 driver package does support Windows Vista 32/64 bit
and most key features are available. In addition, Xonar HDAV 1.3 supports unique
DS3D GX 2.0 on Windows Vista, which can recover DirectSound 3D hardware and
EAX gaming sound effects on Vista for a lot of existing DirectX games.
Q2: Why does the Xonar HDAV 1.3 support Dolby and DTS technologies?
Answer:
Dolby & DTS are the ONLY brands and technologies recognized by the CE
industry and available on a wide range of audio equipment. Xonar includes these
features to make your PC a powerful media and entertainment center.
Q3: Why is Xonar HDAV 1.3 the best audio card for HTPC and multi-channel
speakers?
Answer:
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 supports Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect, which allow
a single digital connection to your AV receiver to carry Dolby Digtial and DTS 5.1
audio. In addition, Xonar HDAV 1.3 also provides Dolby Pro-Logic IIx and DTS
Neo:PC to upmix TV and other music to multi-channel surround sound in Home
Theater environments. Xonar HDAV 1.3 also has Ultra High Fidelity SNR120dB on
ALL 7.1 channel analog output at 192K/24bit, which is the best quality consumer
audio card in the world. Therefore, it’s also the best card to deliver the high quality
audio through an analog connection to your home theater system or high-end
multi-channel speakers.
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Q4: Does the Xonar HDAV 1.3 support EAX on Vista?
Answer:
Yes, Xonar HDAV 1.3 can support EAX2.0 not only on Windows XP but also on
Vista through innovative DirectSound3D Game EXtensions v1.0 (DS3D GX 1.0)
technology.
Q5: Why do I need Dolby and DTS for PC games?
Answer:
1.
Dolby Digital, Pro-Logic IIx, and DTS are available on the latest game
consoles, like XBOX360, PS3, and Wii. Dolby and DTS can provide the
best gaming sound experience and compatibility with home theater or TV
systems.
2.
Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Speaker are the best 3D sound
positioning, spatial modeling and 5.1-channel virtualization technology for
regular stereo headphones and speakers
Q6: What’s the most important benefit of the Xonar HDAV 1.3 for musicians?
Answer:
1.
Ultimate Fidelity: Xonar HDAV 1.3 has the highest quality of audio in/out for
the cleanest sound production
2.
Duplex HD: Supports audio sampling rates up to 24bit/192KHz for all inputs
and outputs
3.
ASIO 2.0: Xonar HDAV 1.3 includes an ASIO 2.0 driver for low-latency, lowdistortion music creation application
Q7: What's the application of "S/PDIF in loopback"?
Answer:
"SPDIF in loopback" is the process of looping back the sound card's S/PDIF digital
input signal directly to the S/PDIF output. It's useful mainly for two purposes:
•
transforming electrical signals from coaxial cable to a fiber optical cable, or vice
versa.
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using the PC as a SPDIF bridge (typically as a media center): for example,
connect other devices like DVD players to the Xonar HDAV 1.3’s S/PDIF input
and then connect its SPDIF output to an AV receiver or decoder. When you
would like to send the player device's audio to the AV receiver, you need to
have the Xonar sound card's "S/PDIF in loopback" enabled to redirect the
player's input signal to output to the AV receiver.
Since "SPDIF In Loopback" is the hardware’s high-fidelity pass-through path, not
all sound effects will be applied to the signals.
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Q8: Will PCM sound output through S/PDIF be just 2 channels even with
different analog output channels?
Answer:
The S/PDIF protocol specification (IEC-60958) can only carry 2-channel PCM
data or non-PCM AC3/DTS data. So, when a user selects PCM output for S/PDIF,
the Xonar sound card will always deliver 2 channel PCM data through the S/PDIF
output port. For attaining 5.1 channel surround sounds, you can select Dolby
Digital Live or DTS Interactive encoding output from the S/PDIF out menu, which
will allow the Xonar HDAV 1.3 to deliver 5.1 surround sound for games, DVD
movies, and even stereo music.
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