Xonar U5
5.1-Channel USB Audio Card
User Guide
E9429
First Edition
June 2014
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Contents
1.Introduction...................................................................................... 4
1.1
Package contents .............................................................. 4
1.2
System requirements.......................................................... 4
1.3General Specification.......................................................... 5
2.Hardware........................................................................................... 7
3.
Driver Installation............................................................................. 9
3.1
Installing the Xonar U5 Card Driver.................................... 9
3.2Uninstalling or Reinstalling the Xonar U5 Card Driver........ 9
4.
5.
Connecting Speakers and Peripherals........................................ 10
4.1
Input connection ............................................................... 10
4.2
Output connection............................................................. 13
Software Utilities............................................................................ 18
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1.Introduction
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1.1
Package contents
Check your ASUS Xonar™ U5 audio card package for the following items:
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ASUS XonarTM U5 5.1-Channel USB Audio Card x1
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Driver CD x1
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S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1
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Quick Start Guide x1
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Type B to A USB Cable x1
1.2
System requirements
To ensure a successful installation of the Xonar U5 audio card, make sure that
your computer meets the following requirements:
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•IBM compatible PC with one USB1.1 (or higher) compatible port for the
USB audio device
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32/64bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1
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Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4GHz, AMD Athlon 1400 CPU, or faster CPU
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256MB system memory
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60MB available storage space for driver installation
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CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
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High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital
decoder
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1.3General Specification
Description
Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio
(A-Weighted)
Up to 104dB
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio
(A-Weighted)
Up to 94dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion +
Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted)
Up to 0.005% (-86dB)
Input Total Harmonic Distortion +
Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted)
Up to 0.005% (-86dB)
Frequency Response
(-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input)
< 10Hz to 44kHz
Output / Input Full-Scale Voltage
1 Vrms (2.828 Vp-p) for rear output (Speaker)
1.3 Vrms (3.677 Vp-p) for headphone out
1 Vrms (3.677 Vp-p) for line in
Bus Compatibility
USB audio class 2.0 for all functions;
USB audio class
USB audio class 1.0 for playback
Main Chipset
Audio Processor
Cmedia 6631A High-Performance Sound Processor
(Max. 192kHz / 24bit)
D-A Converter of Digital Sources
Cmedia CM9882A x1 (108dB SNR, Max.
192kHz/24bit)
A-D Converter for Analog Inputs
Cmedia CM9882A x1 (104dB SNR, Max.
192kHz/24bit)
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and
Resolution
44.1k/48k/88.2k//96k/192kHz @ 16/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate
and Resolution
44.1k/48k/88.2k//96k/192kHz @ 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output
44.1k/48k/88.2k//96k/192kHz @ 16/24bit
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support
44.1k/48k/88.2k//96k/192kHz @ 16/24bit
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Items
Description
I/O Ports
Analog Output Jack
3.50mm mini jack x3 for surround
(Front/Center-Subwoofer/Rear-out)
3.50mm mini jack x1 (Headphone out)
Analog Input Jack
3.50mm mini jack x1 (Shared by Line-In / Mic-In)
Button
Output volume / Output selection / Microphone Volume)
Digital S/PDIF Output
High-bandwidth coaxial / optical port supports 192kHz/24bit
Driver Features
As SW specifications
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Version 1.01
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2.Hardware
Xonar U5 Audio Card
Top view
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2
1
Rear view
Front
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5
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Bottom view
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No
Item
Description
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1
Microphone Volume Press to increase or decrease microphone volume.
Control
2
Output Selection
Indicator
LED indicator indicates different output selection
(Headphone/Speaker/S/PDIF).
3
Output Selection/
Volume Control
Rotate to adjust the playback volume. Press to select
an output source.
4
Microphone In port
Connect your external PC microphone to this 3.5mm
port for voice input. Built-in high-quality Microphone
pre-amplifier.
5
Headphone Out
port
6
Front Out port
For 2/4/5.1 channel speaker systems, connects to the
front input on the powered speakers.
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Center/Subwoofer
Out port
Connects to the center/subwoofer input on 5.1 powered
analog speakers.
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Rear Out port
Connects to the rear/subwoofer input on 5.1 powered
analog speakers.
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S/PDIF Out port
Coaxial 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. Connects to the surround channel input on 4/5.1
powered analog speakers.
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USB Port
Connects to your computer using a USB Type B-A lead.
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USB Audio 1.0/2.0
switch
Move this switch to toggle between USB Audio 2.0
and USB Audio 1.0 connection. Use USB Audio 1.0
for plug and play. Use USB Audio 2.0 on a mac (Apple
computer).
Connect your headphone to this port.
USB Audio 1.0/2.0 switch is located at the bottom side of the audio card. USB
Audio 1.0 connection has the following limitations:
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•
Only supports playback features.
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5.1 speakers, Headphone, Mic In / Line-In, and SPDIF Out can only
support sample rates of 44.1KHz/48KHz @16-bit.
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Driver Installation
3.1
Installing the Xonar U5 Card Driver
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3.
After connecting the Xonar U5 audio card to your computer, you need to install
the device driver that enables the Xonar U5 audio card to work with Windows
operating system.
The version and content of the support CD are subject to change without notice.
To install the device driver:
1.
Insert the ASUS Xonar U5 support CD into your optical drive. If Autorun is
enabled, the ASUS Xonar Card Driver screen appears automatically. Go to
step 4. If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, perform step 2.
2.
Click Computer on your desktop and double-click the optical drive icon.
3.Double-click setup.exe located on the optical drive.
4.Click Driver to start the installation.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Read,
understand, and accept the END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT before
continuing the installation.
6.
When the installation finishes, you may be prompted to restart your
computer. You can choose to restart the computer at a later time.
3.2Uninstalling or Reinstalling the Xonar U5 Card
Driver
3.2.1
Uninstalling the Xonar U5 Card Driver
To uninstall the Xonar U5 card driver:
1.Click Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features.
2.
Right-click the driver you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.
3.
In the InstallShield Wizard dialog box, select Remove.
4.
Restart your computer when prompted.
3.2.2
Reinstalling the Xonar U5 Card Driver
To reinstall the Xonar U5 card driver:
1.
Uninstall the existing software or driver.
2.
Follow the installation process to reinstall the driver.
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4.
Connecting Speakers and Peripherals
4.1
Input connection
4.1.1
Connecting to a USB 2.0 port on your computer
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Front
USB
Desktop PC
No
1
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Laptop/Portable
Item
Description
USB Port
Connects to your computer using a USB Type B-A lead.
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Connecting digital audio systems
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4.1.2
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Front
S/PDIF
AVR
No
Item
Description
1
S/PDIF Out port
Connect an AVR (Audio/Video Receiver) to this S/PDIF
output port.
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4.1.3Connecting microphone / Line-In
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1
Front
CD Player
OR
Microphone
MP3 Player
No
1
Item
Description
Microphone In /
Line In port
Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In
port for voice communication, recording, or karaoke.
Connect the 3.5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any
other Line level analog audio sources into this Line-In
port for sound recording.
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Output connection
4.2.1
Connecting Stereo Headphones
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4.2
1
Front
No
1
Item
Description
Headphone Out
Port
The Headphone Out port has a built-in high-quality
amplifier to drive headphones. Connect your stereo
headphones directly to this port.
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4.2.2
Connecting 5.1 channel headphones
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2
3
Front
No
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Item
Description
Connect the Front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
channel headphone into this jack.
1
Front Out port
2
Center/Subwoofer Connect the Center/Bass-channel 3.5mm plug of your
5.1 channel headphone into this jack.
Out port
3
Rear Surround
Out port
Connects to the rear surround input port of your 5.1
channel headphone.
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Connecting analog speaker systems
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Connecting 2 channel speakers
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Front
No
Item
1
Front Out port
Description
Connect the Front-channel 3.5mm plug of 2 channel
speakers using a 3.5mm cable.
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Connecting 4.1 channel speakers / power amplifier
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1
2
Front
OR
Speaker
No
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AV Receiver/Amplifier
Item
Description
1
Front Out port
Connect the Front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
channel headphone into this jack.
2
Rear Surround
Out port
Connects to the rear surround input port of 4.1 channel
speakers.
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Connecting 5.1 channel speakers
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Front
No
Item
Description
Connect the Front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
channel headphone into this jack.
1
Front Out port
2
Center/Subwoofer Connects to the Center and Subwoofer input ports of 5.1
channel speakers.
Out port
3
Rear Surround
Out port
Connects to the rear surround input port of 5.1 channel
speakers.
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5.
Software Utilities
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Sonic Studio overview
Sonic Studio comes with advanced sound algorithms and virtual surround effects
to enhance your gaming and entertainment experience.
For more details about using Sonic Studio, refer to the Sonic Studio manual.
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