Xonar HDAV Slim
AVcard
User manual
E7805
Revised Edition V2
October 2012
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................... 4
Safety information........................................................................................ 5
Trademarks.................................................................................................... 5
License.......................................................................................................... 5
1.
Introduction...................................................................................... 6
1.1
Package contents............................................................... 6
1.3
Specifications summary...................................................... 7
1.2
2.
3.
Hardware overview.......................................................................... 9
Xonar HDAV Slim card layout............................................................ 9
Installing the hardware.................................................................. 10
3.1
Preparing your computer.................................................. 10
3.3
Connecting to a TV tuner card.......................................... 12
3.2
4.
5.
6.
Card installation.................................................................11
Installing software.......................................................................... 13
4.1
4.2
Installing the card driver.................................................... 13
Installing the TotalMedia Theatre software........................ 13
Connecting speakers and peripherals......................................... 14
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)...................... 14
Xonar HDAV Center........................................................................ 15
6.1
Xonar HDAV Center GUI.................................................. 15
6.3
Mixer/Volume.................................................................... 27
6.2
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
6.10
7.
System requirements.......................................................... 6
Audio-Main Setting............................................................ 17
Effects............................................................................... 30
Karaoke............................................................................. 32
FlexBass........................................................................... 33
Smart Volume Normalization............................................ 35
DS3D GX and DSP Modes............................................... 37
VocalFX............................................................................. 39
DVD/Blu-ray Playback over DH/DVS/DDL/Multiple
Analog Speakers............................................................... 42
Troubleshooting and FAQs........................................................... 48
[Troubleshooting]............................................................................. 48
[FAQs] .......................................................................................... 50
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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.
Australia statement notice
From 1 January 2012 updated warranties apply to all ASUS products, consistent with
the Australian Consumer Law. For the latest product warranty details please visit
http://support.asus.com. Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded
under the Australian Consumer Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a
major failure and compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage.
You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of
acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.
If you require assistance please call ASUS Customer Service 1300 2787 88 or visit
us at http://support.asus.com.
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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
Check your ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim AV card package for the following items:
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ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim PCI AV card
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DVI-to-HDMI cable x1
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HDMI cable x1
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1
Low profile PCI card bracket x1
Support CD (including ASUS Gamer OSD and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)
Quick Start Guide
ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre Blu-Ray Disc / HD-DVD Software Player CD
1.2
System requirements
To ensure a successful installation of the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim AV card, your
computer must meet the following requirements:
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One graphics card with DVI or HDMI out port (to AV card for HDMI function):
256MB NVIDIA GeForce8400 and above, or
256MB AMD (ATI) HD2400 and above
One PCI 2.1 (or higher) compatible slot for the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim card
Microsoft® Windows® Vista/ XP(32/64bit)/ MCE2005
Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
512 MB (or above) DRAM system memory for Blu-Ray Disc playback
100 MB available HDD space for driver installation package;
additional 120 MB available for TMT
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive ) for software installation;
Blu-ray/HD-DVD compatible ROM drive for HD movie playback
An HDMI-ready AV receiver or TV/monitor set (v.1.3 is better), home theater
system, high-quality headphones or speakers, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity
audio and video of the AV card
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1.3
Specifications summary
Items
Description
Main Chipset
ASUS AV200 High-Definition Audio Processor (Max.
192KHz/24bit)
Audio Processor
HDMI Transceiver
CAT 6023 and 6613 (HDMI v1.3a compatible)
Wolfson WM8776 on AV card
(Max. 192kHz/24bit)
24-bit DAC of Digital Sources:
Wolfson WM8776 (Max. 96kHz/24bit)
24-bit ADC for Analog Inputs:
Bus Compatibility
PCI
-PCI 2.1 specification compatible
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
-Compliant with HDMI v1.3a industrial standard
(10.2Gbps bandwidth)
-HDCP 1.2 compatible
-DVI 1.0 compatible
Video Specification
-DTV Resolution: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i
up to 1080p
-PC Resolution: graphics, Sgraphics, XGA, SXGA,
UXGA
-Color depth: supports higher 24, 30, 36, 48-bit/per
pixel color depths (RGB or YCbCr)
-Color range: supports broader xvYCC color space
standard
Video Resolution
Color Depth and Range
Audio Sample Rate and Resolution
-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit PCM
-Dolby Digital /EX, DTS 5.1/ES pass-through
-DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby
TrueHD pass-through upgradeable by TotalMedia
Theater player
HDMI 1.3 Playback Format
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate and
44.1K/48K/96K @ 16/24bit
Resolution
-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit PCM
S/PDIF Digital Output
-Dolby Digital /EX, DTS 5.1/ES pass-through
Analog Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
Up to 109 dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at
Up to -98dB
1KHz:
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz
10Hz to 47kHz
input ):
DAC Cross-talk at 1KHz:
Down to -113 dB
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage
1 Vrms (2.828 Vp-p)
I/O Ports
HDMI Ports
Front-Panel Header
HDMI-Out Type A *1
HDMI-In Type A *1
-For connecting headphone/line-out jack and mic-in
jack on the front-panel of the PC case
-Works with both Intel HD Audio and AC97 standard
front-panels (2 x5 pins)
Other Line-level Analog Input (for CD-IN/TV
Aux-In 4-pin header
Tuner):
Coaxial and high-bandwidth TOSLINK optical combo
Digital S/PDIF Output
connector supports 192KHz/24bit
Driver Features
Operation System
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Headphone
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Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in
real-time 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
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Xonar HDAV Slim
5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects
through any set of stereo headphones.
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly
HDMI-Out Type A *1
HDMI-In Type A *1
-For connecting headphone/line-out jack and mic-in
jack on the front-panel of the PC case
-Works with both Intel HD Audio and AC97 standard
front-panels (2 x5 pins)
HDMI Ports
Front-Panel Header
Other Line-level Analog Input (for CD-IN/TV
Aux-In 4-pin header
Tuner):
Coaxial and high-bandwidth TOSLINK optical combo
Digital S/PDIF Output
connector supports 192KHz/24bit
Driver Features
Operation System
Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Headphone
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
DTS Connect Technologies
DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.0 & 1.0
(DS3D GX 2.0)
VocalFXTM
Smart Volume Normalizer
FlexBass
Karaoke Functions
Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in
real-time 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 7.1- 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 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 on Windows Vista & XP. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D
compatible)
-DS3D GX 2.0 adds latest VocalFX voice effects for online
gaming or chatting.
The latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP
includes:
-VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for
your voice in EAX games
-ChatEX: emulates different background environment
effects when you chat online
-Magic Voice: changes your voice tone 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 level and also enhances your 3D sound
listening range and advantages in gaming
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system
for small or large speakers
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning and shifting to adjust
the optimum soundfield for your speaker placement
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
Other Effects
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
Supports 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit with
ultra-low latency
Software Utility
TotalMedia Theatre
7.1-ch Blu-ray disc/HD-DVD/DVD movie player
supports HD video/audio decoding
Accessories
Accessories
-HDMI cable*1
-DVI-to-HDMI cable *1
-S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptor *1
-Low profile PCI bracket *1
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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2.
Hardware overview
Xonar HDAV Slim card layout
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Item
Description
1
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.
2
HDMI In port (for DVI
signal input)
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.
3
HDMI Out port
Connects to a device with HDMI support.
4
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 Slim card, with
the other end to the chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O
module.
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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 ‘s
recording mixer.)
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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
audio cards on your PC. (For BIOS setting or uninstallation of other sound cards,
refer to the user manuals of your motherboard and audio card.)
1.
Power off your computer and disconnect the power cord.
3.
Remove the metal bracket from one unused PCI slot for the Xonar HDAV
Slim card.
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Open the computer chassis.
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3.2
Card installation
Securing the Xonar HDAV Slim card:
1.
Power OFF the computer, the monitor,
and all other peripheral devices
connected to your computer.
2.
Unplug the computer power cord from
your computer and power outlet.
3.
Touch the metal back or side panel of
the computer to avoid static electricity.
4.
Remove the chassis cover.
6.
Carefully insert the Xonar HDAV Slim card into the PCI slot. Ensure the
Xonar HDAV Slim card sits properly in place.
5.
7.
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2
Remove the metal bracket from an available PCI slot for the Xonar HDAV
Slim card.
Secure the Xonar HDAV Slim card with screws.
Connecting to a discrete graphics card and an HDMI display device:
1.
2.
Install a discrete graphics card on your motherboard.
Using the bundled DVI-to-HDMI cable, connect the DVI Out port of the
graphics card to the HDMI In port of the Xonar HDAV Slim card.
If you are using an HDMI graphics card, connect your graphics card with the
Xonar HDAV Slim card using the HDMI cable that comes with your graphics
card package.
Xonar HDAV Slim card
Graphics card
HDMI In
DVI-to-HDMI cable
DVI Out
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3.
Using an HDMI cable, connect one end to the HDMI out port of the Xonar
HDAV Slim card and the other end to the HDMI display device.
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Ensure that you have properly connected the DVI-to-HDMI cable for normal
video signal transmission. Otherwise, there might be no video on your
HDMI display device.
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HDMI AV output will work only when the source graphics card and the
terminal display device are both properly connected to the Xoanrd HDAV
Slim card’s HDMI input/output ports.
Xonar HDAV Slim card
HDMI display device
HDMI Out
Graphics card
DVI-to-HDMI cable
HDMI cable
3.3
1.
2.
3.
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 Slim card to send the tuner card’s
sound to your PC speakers.
Secure the PCI/PCI Express TV tuner card and screw it into the back-panel.
Connect the audio output header from the TV tuner card to the Aux-In header
of the Xonar HDAV Slim card.
For optimum TV audio quality, Xonar HDAV Slim 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.
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2.
3.
4.2
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3.
After you have installed the Xonar HDAV Slim card, turn on your computer.
Windows® automatically detects the HDAV card and searches for device
drivers. When prompted for the drivers, click Cancel.
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.
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.
Installing the TotalMedia Theatre software
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.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.
When prompted, enter the license key located on the installation CD sleeve.
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5.
Connecting speakers and peripherals
Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater)
The Xonar HDAV Slim 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 high-quality 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 Slim card)
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S/PDIF Out
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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 port and connect the other end
into the coaxial S/PDIF input on your decoder.
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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 Slim driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar
HDAV Slim 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.
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Minimize button
Close button
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Item
Description
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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 Out mode
Click this button when you connect the Xonar HDAV Slim
card to an HDMI device.
4
Analog Out mode
Click this button when you connect the Xonar HDAV Slim
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
Audio/Video
configuration switch
Click the corresponding switch to configure the related
settings while using the audio/video features.
8
Master Volume
This rotary knob controls the master playback volume. Drag
the small circle inside it to change the volume level.
9
Mute Button
Click this button to mute audio playback; it will display a red
light when playback is muted.
10
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.
11
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 Slim card to.
HDMI Out / Speaker Test / Speaker Swap
Click the HDMI mode button and configure the related settings when you
connect the Xonar HDAV Slim card to an HDMI device.
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3
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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 setups
-Swap Side/Surroud outputs for 7.1-speaker setups
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 Slim card to powered analog speakers or digital
home theater systems, etc.
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2
No
Item
Description
1
Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual speaker
setting, such as headphones and 2/2.1 speakers. Xonar
HDAV Slim 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.
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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 Slim 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 Slim engine will do super high fidelity sample-rateconversion with a double floating-point filter, which can reduce total harmonic
distortion (THD+N) by -140dB.
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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 Slim 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 Slim 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.
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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)
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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.
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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
•
Shiftable virtual speaker positioning allows you to adjust the best sound field
easily without moving physical speakers and wires
•
Virtualizing 7.1 surround sound over any set of speakers
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3
4
5
6
7
8
1
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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
Slim 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.
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3
4
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.
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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.
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3
4
5
6
1
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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.
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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.
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3
1
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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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Mixer/Volume
The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording on
the Xonar HDAV Slim. In addition, the Xonar HDAV Slim also provides a highquality 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
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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 does not 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
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2
3
4
5
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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. 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
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:
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
WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on
PC (Note: Windows Vista doesn’t support WAVE recording.)
7
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.
8
Reset
Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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6.4
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.
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1
2
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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.
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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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6.5
Karaoke
The Xonar HDAV Slim 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
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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.
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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 Slim 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 Slim 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
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
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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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6.8
DS3D GX and DSP Modes
Xonar HDAV Slim 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 Slim 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 Slim 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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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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6.9
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.
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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.
2.
Check the check box of VoiceEX and Local VoiceEX.
Make sure you and your team member can talk to each other in the game.
For VOIP
1.
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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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6.10
DVD/Blu-ray Playback over DH/DVS/DDL/Multiple Analog Speakers
6.10.1
Under Windows XP
DVD/Blu-ray playback by SPDIF/HDMI (Dolby Digital/DTS digital audio passthrough)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
2.
4.
5.
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Select S/PDIF in Audio Output Mode.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center
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.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
6.
Select Dolby Digital Live in SPDIF Out.
2.
5.
7.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
Enable SPDIF Out.
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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6.10.2
Under Windows Vista
Dolby Headphone (Virtualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo headphone)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
6.
Select FP Headphone in Analog Out.
2.
5.
7.
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Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
Check Dolby Headphone.
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Dolby Virtual Speaker (Virtualized 5.1 surround sounds over stereo speakers)
1.
Open TotalMedia Theatre > Setup > Audio.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center.
6.
Select FP 2 Speakers in Analog Out.
2.
5.
7.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
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.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
2.
4.
5.
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Select S/PDIF in Audio Output Mode.
Open the Xonar HDAV Center
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.
3.
Press Apply first, and then press OK.
4.
Open Xonar HDAV Center.
2.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Select 5.1 Channels in Audio Output Mode.
Select 6 Channels in Audio Channel.
Enable SPDIF Out.
Select Dolby Digital Live in SPDIF Out.
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.
Troubleshooting and FAQs
[Troubleshooting]
The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Make sure that you have properly plugged the audio card in the PCI slot on
your motherboard.
Check that the Windows hardware device manager has discovered a
multimedia audio device. If no device is found, please try scanning for new
hardware.
Try soft reboot (restart) your Windows.
Remove the card, plug it into another PCI slot, and try again.
I cannot find the Xonar HDAV Center
Instructions:
1.
Make sure you have installed the driver
2.
Locate the Xonar HDAV Center icon in the system tray on the bottom righthand 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, try
installing the driver package again.
I cannot hear any sound from my analog speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Ensure that you have connected speakers properly and have powered on
your speakers
Ensure that the device master volume or the software player has NOT been
muted on the Xonar HDAV Center
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.
Try restart your Windows.
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I cannot hear any sound from the S/PDIF output
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Ensure that you have enabled S/PDIF output in the Audio Center GUI (Main
page)
Ensure that you are connecting the correct S/PDIF output jack on the card to
the decoder’s (AV receiver) S/PDIF input jack
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.
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 cannot hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, etc.) from my speakers
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Go to the mixer recording page in the Audio Center and select the correct
input as the recording source (Xonar HDAV Slim 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.
Remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source.
I cannot hear the TV tuner audio from my speakers
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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
Select Aux-In as the recording source and remember to turn on the digital
monitoring button on the recording mixer page
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.
I found no sound effects when playing 96K or 192KHz sound sources.
Instructions:
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Currently Xonar HDAV Slim 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.
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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 Slim support Windows Vista?
Answer:
Yes, the Xonar HDAV Slim driver package does support Windows Vista 32/64 bit
and most key features are available. In addition, Xonar HDAV Slim 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 Slim 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 Slim the best audio card for HTPC and multichannel speakers?
Answer:
The Xonar HDAV Slim 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 Slim 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 Slim 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.
Q4: Does the Xonar HDAV Slim support EAX on Vista?
Answer:
Yes, Xonar HDAV Slim 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.
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Q5: Why do I need Dolby and DTS for PC games?
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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.
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 Slim for
musicians?
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Ultimate Fidelity: Xonar HDAV Slim has the highest quality of audio in/out for
the cleanest sound production
Duplex HD: Supports audio sampling rates up to 24bit/192KHz for all inputs
and outputs
ASIO 2.0: Xonar HDAV Slim includes an ASIO 2.0 driver for low-latency, lowdistortion music creation application
Q7: 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 Slim to deliver 5.1 surround sound for games, DVD
movies, and even stereo music.
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