Xonar DX
Audio Card
User’s manual
E7811
Revised Edition V3
October 2012
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Contents
Notices........................................................................................................... v
Safety information....................................................................................... vi
Trademarks................................................................................................... vi
License......................................................................................................... vi
1.
Introduction...................................................................................... 1
1.1
Package Contents............................................................... 1
1.3
Specifications summary...................................................... 2
2.1
Xonar DX Audio Processing Card....................................... 4
3.1
Preparing Your Computer................................................... 6
3.3
Connecting TV tuner card................................................... 8
1.2
2.
3.
About Hardware............................................................................... 4
Installing the Xonar Hardware........................................................ 6
3.2
4.
4.1
Installing the Audio Card Driver.......................................... 9
4.3
Uninstalling or Reinstalling Software.................................11
Installing the PMP software (Portable Music Processor).. 10
Connecting Speakers and Peripherals........................................ 12
5.1
Connecting Digital Speaker Systems (Home Theater)..... 12
5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems............................... 15
5.2
5.4
6.
Installing the Audio Processing Card.................................. 6
Installing Software........................................................................... 9
4.2
5.
System Requirements......................................................... 1
5.5
Connecting Headphones.................................................. 13
Connecting Microphone.................................................... 20
Connecting Line-In Audio Sources.................................... 20
Xonar DX Driver Guide.................................................................. 21
6.1
Introduction to the Xonar DX Audio Center GUI............... 21
6.3
Mixer/Volume.................................................................... 31
6.2
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
Main Setting...................................................................... 23
Effects............................................................................... 34
Karaoke/Magic Voice........................................................ 36
FlexBass........................................................................... 37
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation).................................... 38
Smart Volume Normalization............................................ 39
DS3D GX and DSP Modes............................................... 41
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Contents
6.10
6.11
VocalFX............................................................................. 42
ASIO 2 Driver.................................................................... 46
When Using Ableton Live…............................................................. 46
7.
When Using Sonar LE….................................................................. 47
Portable Music Processor™ Software Guide.............................. 50
7.1
Introduction....................................................................... 50
7.3
Find Converted Music in “PMP Music” Page.................... 54
7.2
8.
RMAA Test Guide........................................................................... 55
8.1
Setting Up Xonar DX Audio Card...................................... 55
8.3
RMAA Testing Results...................................................... 63
8.2
9.
10.
Converting music in “Main Setting” Page.......................... 52
Configuration and Test with RMAA................................... 58
RightMark Audio Analyzer test..................................................... 64
Troubleshooting and FAQs........................................................... 69
[Troubleshooting]............................................................................. 69
[FAQs] .......................................................................................... 72
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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.
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From 1 January 2012 updated warranties apply to all ASUS products, consistent with
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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.
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 signal 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.
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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
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ASUS Xonar DX audio card
ASUS Xonar DX support CD (including Portable Music Processor™ Lite and
RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)
Additional low-profile bracket
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptor x1
Quick Installation Guide
1.2
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System Requirements
One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
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
60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or digital speakers with
Dolby Digital decoder to enjoy the Ultra-High Fidelity sounds of the card
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1.3
Specifications summary
Items
Description
Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
116 dB for Front-out
112dB for other channels
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):
112dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz
(-3dB) :
Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz
(-3dB) :
0.00056% (-105dB) for Front-out
0.0004% (-108dB) for Line-in
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz format): <10Hz to 48KHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage
2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)
Bus Compatibility
PCI Express
-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
Main Chipset
Audio Processor
24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources:
24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs:
ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max.
192KHz/24bit)
Cirrus-Logic CS4398*1 for Front-Out (120dB SNR, Max.
192kHz/24bit)
Cirrus-Logic CS4362A*1 for other 6 channels (114dB
SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
Cirrus-Logic CS5361* 1 (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
Sample Rate and Resolution
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
S/PDIF Digital Output
44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit, Dolby Digital, DTS
I/O Ports
Analog Output Jack:
3.50mm mini jack *4 (Front/Side/Center-Subwoofer/
Back)
Analog Input Jack:
3.50mm mini jack *1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In)
Other line-level analog input (for TV Tuner or CDROM):
Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Digital S/PDIF Output
High-bandwidth TOS-Link optical transmitter (shared with
Line-In/Mic-In jack) supports 192KHz/24bit
Driver Features
Operation System
Windows Vista(32/64bit)/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
Dolby Headphone
5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects
through any set of stereo headphones.
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly
Dolby Virtual Speaker
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
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
6.1- or 7.1- channel output, creating a seamless, natural
surround soundfield.
-DS3D GX 2.0 supports EAX gaming sound effects and
DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions for more
DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.0 & 1.0 (DS3D games on Windows Vista & XP. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D
GX 2.0)
compatible)
-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:
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the next page)
-VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for
your voice in EAX games
VocalFXTM
-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
Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC,
ASUS Xonar
DXup-to-40dB speaker echo return) and noise
eliminates
Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
suppression technologies for best voice communication
quality in VOIP applications or online gaming
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.0 & 1.0 (DS3D
GX 2.0)
VocalFXTM
Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
Smart Volume NormalizerTM
Karaoke Functions
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.
-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.
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
-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
Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC,
eliminates up-to-40dB speaker echo return) and noise
suppression technologies for best voice communication
quality in VOIP applications or online gaming
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a
constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening
range and advantages in gaming
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects like
professional Karaoke machine
FlexBassTM
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system
Xear 3DTM Virtual Speaker Shifter
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning
Other Effects
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
DirectSound3D GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX2.0&1.0,
DirectSound HW, DirectSound SW, A3D1.0, OpenAL
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
Supports 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @16/24bit with very
low latency
Software Utility
Converts digital music content or CD audio into regular
MP3/WMA files with DolbyHeadphone, Dolby Virtual
Portable Music Processor Lite utility
MCE Software Kit
RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6
Speaker (w/ Pro-Logic II), and Smart Volume
Normalization processing (Windows Media Player 10 or
above is required)
Software kit with 10-ft GUI for Windows Media Center
Edition
Easy but powerful software intended for testing the
quality of audio equipments
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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2.
About Hardware
2.1
Xonar DX Audio Processing Card
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Item
Description
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Microphone jack
Connect your external PC microphone to this 3.5mm jack
for voice input. Built-in high-quality Microphone preamplifier.
1
Line Input jack
Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players,
music synthesizers and other line-level sound sources
to this 3.5mm jack for audio recording or processing.
(Through Ultra-high fidelity 115dB SNR A-D converter)
1
S/PDIF Output jack
Optical S/PDIF output jack. 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
Headphone/Front
Output jack
Connect your headphones or 2/2.1 channel speakers to
this jack. For multi-channel speaker systems, connects to
the front left/right input on the powered speakers.
3
Side Surround Output
jack
Connects to the surround channel input on
4/4.1/5.1/6.1/7.1 powered analog speakers.
4
Center/Subwoofer
Output jack
Connects to the front center/subwoofer input on 5.1/6.1/7.1
powered analog speakers.
5
Rear/back Surround
Output Jack
Connects to the Back Surround input on 6.1/7.1 powered
analog speakers.
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Front panel audio
header
Connect one end of the front panel audio cable to the front
panel audio header on the DX card, the other end to the
chassis-mounted front panel audio I/O module on your
motherboard.
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Aux Input Header
4-pin 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 Audio Center software’s recording mixer.)
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PCI Express Bus
Golden Fingers
Connects to the PCI Express slot on your motherboard
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Main Audio Processor
ASUS Xonar AV100 Audio Processing Unit (DuplexHD
192K/24bit)
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3.
Installing the Xonar Hardware
3.1
Preparing Your Computer
Before you proceed with the following installation steps, it’s recommended that you
disable your onboard audio device in your 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.
3.
Remove the metal brackets from one unused PCI Express x1 slot for the
audio card and its adjacent slot for the MIDI board (You can just remove one
if you don’t need to use the MIDI board in the package).
2.
3.2
1.
Open the computer’s case.
Installing the Audio Processing Card
Face the bracket of the Xonar DX audio card toward the back panel of your
computer and insert the audio card gently into an available PCI Express
slot. Make sure it’s completely inserted into the PCI Express slot. (Warning!
Do not force the audio card into the slot. Make sure that the gold pins of
the card's PCI Express connector are aligned with the motherboard’s PCI
Express connector before you insert the card into the PCI Express slot. If it
does not fit properly, gently remove it and try again.)
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3.
Secure the audio card bracket to the back of your computer with the screw
that you removed. Refer to section 3.1.
Connect the power cable of your power supply to the power connector on the
Xonar DX audio card.
The PCI Express high-quality audio card requires additional power from your
computer. If the power cable is not connected properly, the audio card will not
work at all.
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When removing the power cable from the Xonar DX audio card, make sure to
pull outward the 4-pin header first, then unplug it from the power connector as
the following pictures show. Do not forcefully remove the header from the power
connector; doing so may pull up the power connector from the audio card and
cause damage!
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3.3
1.
2.
3.
Connecting 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 audio 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 audio card, as shown in the figure below.
For optimum TV audio quality, Xonar uses ADC recording to digitize the signal
and loops it back to DAC playback. Please select Aux-In as the recording
source in the Xonar Audio 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 Audio Card Driver
1.
After you have installed your audio card, turn on your computer. Windows
automatically detects your audio card and searches for device drivers. When
prompted for the audio drivers, click the “Cancel” button.
2.
Insert the driver installation CD into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. If
Windows AutoPlay mode is enabled for your CD-ROM drive, the CD starts
running automatically. If it doesn’t start the installation, double-click the setup.
exe icon located on the CD-ROM.
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 audio card will not work at all. If
it has not been done, please turn off the computer to install the power cable
before you go on the installation process.
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4.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. Please 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
1.
2.
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Installing the PMP software (Portable Music Processor)
From the installation CD menu, select the option to install the PMP software.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. After the
installation is complete, click Finish.
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4.3
Uninstalling or Reinstalling Software
4.3.1
Uninstalling Software
1.
Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
3.
Click the “Change or Remove Programs” button.
2.
Double-click the “Add/Remove Programs” icon.
4.
Select each program you would like to remove, and then click the “Add/
Remove (or Change/Remove)” button.
5.
In the InstallShield Wizard dialog box, select the “Remove” option.
6.
Restart your computer when prompted.
4.3.2
1.
2.
Reinstalling Software
Before you reinstall any software, it’s recommended to uninstall the existing
software first.
After you finish the uninstallation of the software, please follow the installation
process again to reinstall the same or updated software.
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5.
Connecting Speakers and Peripherals
5.1
Connecting Digital Speaker Systems (Home Theater)
The Xonar DX supports Dolby Digital Live technology, which transcode any
audio, including games and music, into industry-standard Dolby Digital 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 digital audio from
any of your PC audio sources to any digital speakers or AV Receivers with Dolby
Digital decoding capabilities.
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Item
Description
1
Optical adapter
Plug the optical TOSLINK adapter into the S/PDIF-Out
connector.
2
Optical cable
Connect your decoder’s S/PDIF-In port to the optical adapter
with the TOSLINK optical cable
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5.2
Connecting Headphones
5.2.1
Connecting Stereo Headphones
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No
Item
Description
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Front Out/Headphone
Jack
The Front Out jack has a built-in high-quality amplifier to
drive headphones. Connect your stereo headphones directly
to this jack.
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5.2.2
Connecting 5.1 channel Headphones
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2
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connect the front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphones into this jack.
2
Side Surround Out
Connect the surround-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphone into this jack.
3
Center/Subwoofer Out
Connect the Center/Bass-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1
headphone into this jack.
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5.3
Connecting Analog Speaker Systems
5.3.1
Connecting Analog Power Amplifier
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Item
Description
1
Front Out
Connects to the “left front” and “right front” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the “left surround” and “right surround” input
ports of the analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the “Center” and “subwoofer” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
4
Back Surround Out
Connects to the “left back” and “right back” input ports of the
analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable.
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5.3.2
Connecting 2/2.1 Channel Speakers
2 Speakers
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2.1 Speakers
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No
Item
Description
1
Front Out/Headphone
Jack
Connect the 2/2.1 speaker set’s 3.5mm plug into this Front
Out jack.
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5.3.3
Connecting 4/4.1 Channel Speakers
4 Speakers
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4.1 Speakers
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2
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Item
Description
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Front Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 4/4.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the Surround input port of the 4/4.1 speakers
with the mini-jack cable.
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5.3.4
Connecting 5.1 Channel Speakers
5.1 Speakers
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Item
Description
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Front Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 5.1 speakers with the
mini-jack cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the Surround input port of the 5.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 5.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable..
5.3.5
Connecting 6.1/7.1 Channel Speakers
6.1 Speakers
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2
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7.1 Speakers
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2
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No
Item
Description
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Front Out
Connects to the Front input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers with
the mini-jack cable.
2
Side Surround Out
Connects to the Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers
with the mini-jack cable.
3
Center/Subwoofer
Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 6.1/7.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable.
4
Back Surround Out
Connects to the Back Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1
speakers with the mini-jack cable.
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5.4
Connecting Microphone
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No
Item
Description
1
Microphone Input
Jack
Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In jack
for voice communication, recording, or karaoke.
5.5
Connecting Line-In Audio Sources
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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 sound processing
through the Monitoring path (See the “Mixer” section of the
driver guide).
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6.
Xonar DX Driver Guide
6.1
Introduction to the Xonar DX Audio Center GUI
1.
After the driver installation is complete and your computer has been
rebooted, you will find the Xonar DX Audio Center’s icon in the system tray
on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Double click this icon to open
the Xonar Audio Center utility.
If the icon could not be found in the system tray, go to the Windows Control
Panel and double click the “Xonar DX Audio Center” icon.
2.
The Xonar DX Audio Center is the Graphic User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar
DX driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar DX driver
on the Audio Center. The following picture shows a basic overview of the
Xonar DX Audio Center. The following sections of this manual will describe its
functions in more detail.
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Display Area
This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume
level, and the status of the Dolby technologies, EQ, and DSP
modes. Note: this area just displays information, but is not
used to alter settings.
2
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.
3
Master Volume
This rotary knob controls the master playback volume. Drag
the small circle inside it to change the volume level.
4
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.
5
Mute Button
Click this button to mute audio playback; it will display a red
light when playback is muted.
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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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Setting Menu Panel
This panel gives access to setting tabs, including Main
Settings, Mixer/volume, Effects, Karaoke/MagicVoice, and
FlexBass. (see the following details)
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Information icon
Clicking this icon will pop up driver’s Information window.
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Main Setting
6.2.1
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 DX audio 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 DX 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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Sample Rate
Please select the sample rate that corresponds to (or
exceeds that of) your playback sources, for optimal audio
fidelity. The Xonar DX audio 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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6.2.2
Analog Out/Speaker Test
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Description
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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, 7.1 speakers, Front Panel Headphone
and Front Panel 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar DX will play the
channels and do the proper 3D/Dolby sound processing
accordingly. Please select the correct speaker type for your
connected speakers.
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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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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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SPDIF Out/DDL
Xonar DX is capable of outputting Dolby Digital Live, which are real-time encoders
that transcode any audio, including games and music, into industry-standard Dolby
Digital 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 surround
audio from your PC to digital speakers and AV Receivers.
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Description
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S/PDIF Out enable/
disable
Click this check box to enable S/PDIF output.
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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
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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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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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7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter
The 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter has the following major features:
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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
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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.
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Drag speaker or
listener
You can drag each speaker or listener to a different relative
position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar DX
audio 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.
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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)
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Counter-clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate counterclockwise
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Clockwise
Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate clockwise
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Manual Rotation
Manually drag and rotate all speakers (except Subwoofer)
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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 7.1channel surround.
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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.
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Music Mode
Music mode is the default mode for regular music playback.
In this mode, you can adjust the Center Width and
Dimension parameters.
3
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.
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Dimension
The dimension parameter fades sounds to the front or rear
of the listener.
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Reset
Reset all settings to the defaults.
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Movie Mode
Movie mode is a preset optimized for movie audio.
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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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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.
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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.
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DH2
DH2—Livelier Room: More acoustically live than DH1
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DH3
DH3—Larger Room: Larger room than DH1; more distant
and diffused effect.
DH1—Reference Room: Small, acoustically damped room.
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6.2.8
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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Description
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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.
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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.
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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 DX. In addition, the Xonar DX 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 technology.
6.3.1
Playback Volume
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Playback Volume Tab
Click this button tto show the playback volume page.
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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 playback (CD-DA) volume control
- LEFT, RIGHT…: the volume control for each speaker/
channel.
Note: Windows® Vista does not support WAVE, Synthesizer
and CD Player volume controls.
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Mute/Unmute button
Click this button to mute or unmute the audio channel.
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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.
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Left/Right Balance
The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
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Reset
Reset all volume controls to the default settings
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6.3.2
Recording/Monitoring Volume
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Recording Volume Tab
Click this button to show the recording volume page.
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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
MIC: recording from MIC jack
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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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.
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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.)
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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.
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Left/Right Balance
This horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
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Reset
Reset all volume controls to the default settings
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Microphone-In
Advanced Setting
Click this button
Microphone-In:
to open the advanced settings for the
You can check with “Front Panel Microphone” to
enable microphone of front panel.
Enabling “Microphone Boost” will increase a volume
gain to boost microphone input signals. For typical
low-cost PC microphone, it’s recommended to enable
this function.
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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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Default Environments
These four buttons activate Bathroom, Concert hall,
Underwater, and Music Pub environments, respectively.
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More Option
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.
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Environment Size
There are three size settings for each environment: Large,
Medium, and Small.
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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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Default Equalizer
Options
There are 12 available equalizer patterns. Click one to apply
it.
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User Defined
You can click this button to apply your own defined
parameters saved in the pull-down menu.
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Equalier Slider
Adjust the gain for each band (30~16KHz)
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Save Name
Key in a name for your own “User Defined” equalizer setting
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Add/Save
Click this + button to save the parameters into User Defined
list
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Delete
Click this - button to delete the parameters from User
Defined list
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6.5
Karaoke/Magic Voice
The Xonar DX provides powerful features for Karaoke, including Key-Shifting,
Vocal Cancellation and Microphone Echo. Microphone Echo can generate natural
echo effects on your singing voice just like a karaoke machine. 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.
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On/Off
The switch to turn on or off the functions on this page.
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Key-Shifting
Check the box to enable or disable the key shifting feature
for music playback from 4 semitones below, to 4 semitones
above.
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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).
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Mic Echo
Select the Mic Echo function and adjust the gain for echo
signals (30~16KHz)
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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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Description
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On/Off
The switch to turn on or off all functions on this FlexBass
page.
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Small/Large speaker
option
Select the speaker type that you connected. If your speaker
type cannot perform low-frequency signals (bass), please
select “Small” speaker type and Xonar DX 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: Common, cheap PC’s 2-channel speakers are
usually small-type speakers. Please refer to the speaker’s
specification. If you have any questions, please 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.
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Picture for Small/
Large speaker
Colors for small/large speakers are different.
Orange: large speakers
Green: small speakers
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6.7
LFE Crossover
Frequency
Adjusts the cut-off frequency (50~250Hz) for LFE (lowfrequency effects) signals. Xonar DX 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.
AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation)
Xonar DX provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) for best voice
communication quality over your speakers. AEC technology can eliminate up-to40dB speaker echo return and suppress noises into your microphone for easier
conversation experience. AEC is an innovative feature to make Xonar DX 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:
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Reduce the voice acoustic echoes like speakerphone devices when others talk
to you on line
• Minimize the playback sound echoes into your microphone during gaming or
music playback
• Effectively suppress 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%)
3.
Use omni-direction electret microphone with >=40dB sensitivity
2.
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6.
Flat frequency response between 300~4KHz
The microphone is more than 30cm far from PC’s speakers (fix the distance)
and do NOT turn your speakers too loud
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 DX audio center mixer to get
proper input signal level.
It’s suggested to disable original AEC function residing in some of the softphones or voice communication programs to get best performance from
Xonar DX audio 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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Description
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AEC
Click AEC function page
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Enable AEC
Click the checkbox to enable AEC function. A alert message
will pop up:
This message implies the speaker configuration will be set to
2 speakers and all sound effect processors will suspended
except AEC function. Click “OK” to accept it; Click “Cancel”
if you want to enable it later. Check “Don’t remind me again”
will not show this message again.
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.
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0dB (Full-scale)
Music 1
T
-10 dB
Music 2
SVN Off
SVN On
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SVN On/Off
Click this button to enable SVN. This button is outlined blue
when active.
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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.
3
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.
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DS3D GX and DSP Modes
Xonar DX 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, please enable DS3D GX on the Xonar DX audio 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 DX 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 DX 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 DX 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 highdefinition 96KHz/192KHz content.)
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Item
Description
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GX Mode
DirectSound 3D Game Extensions mode to support EAX and
DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for lots of DirectX/
DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista and XP.
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.
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.
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Description
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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
App List
You can add VOIP application into VOIP application List.
4
ChatEX
It emulates different background environment effects when
you chat online.
5
Magic Voice
Changes your voice pitch to different types for disguising
your real voice or just for fun in online chatting
(You can hear your voice form speakers)
For 3D Games
1.
2.
Check the check box of VoiceEX and Local VoiceEX.
Make sure you and your team member can talk each other in the game.
For VOIP
1.
2.
Press App List
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)
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3.
Look for the application’s location and Open it.
4.
Your VOIP application has been added into list.
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6.
Check the check box of ChatEX and Magic Voice.
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
messsage pop up next time.
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6.11
ASIO 2 Driver
ASIOTM (Audio Stream Input Output) is a proprietary audio driver architecture
and a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. The Xonar DX driver
package has included an ASIO2 compatible driver for application programs that
have ASIO or ASIO2 output. ASIO can ensure lower latency during playback and
recording on PCs, which is very important for professional music creation and
editing. The Xonar DX package also provides Ableton Live and Sonar LE audio
editing software, which all support ASIO output. The setup reference is described
below.
When Using Ableton Live…
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Item
Description
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Preferences
Step 1 is to open the “Preferences” window from the Options
tab.
2
Driver Type
Step 2 is to select “ASIO” as the driver type. (WDM and MME
are other Windows driver types)
3
Audio Device
Step 3 is to choose “ASUS Xonar DX ASIO” as the Audio
Device.
4
Hardware Setup
Step 4 is to click the Hardware Setup to configure the Bitdepth (16/24bit) and latency (1ms~300ms).
5
Sample Rate
Step 5 is to select the sample rate from 44.1, 48, 96,
192KHz.
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Audio Options
Step 1 is to open the “Audio Options” window from the
Options tab.
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Driver Mode
Step 2 is to select “ASIO” as the driver mode in Advanced
tab. (WDM and MME are Windows driver types) The
changes will take effect after you restart the program next
time.
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Playback Timing
Master
After step 2, Sonar LE will display 4 output drivers: “ASUS
Xonar DX ASIO Out -00~06”. Make sure you are using 00 or
another one.
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Recording Timing
Master
After step 2, Sonar LE will display 1 input driver: “ASUS
Xonar DX ASIO In -00”. Make sure you are using it.
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Sample Rate
Step 5 is to select the default file sample rate (44.1, 48, 96,
or 192KHz) for your Sonar project.
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ASIO Panel
If you would like to configure bit-depth (16/24bit) and latency
(1ms~300ms) of the Xonar DX ASIO driver, click this ASIO
panel to reset them. The changes will take effect the next
time you start the program.
For other applications that support ASIO, such as WaveLab, Cubase, Reason,
Winamp, etc, the setup will be very similar to the above.
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7.
Portable Music Processor™ Software Guide
7.1
Introduction
Xonar DX provides the Portable Music ProcessorTM (referred to as PMP hereafter)
software tool that contains the following features:
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Converts MP3, WMA, Audio CD, WAVE into WMA or MP3 files with the same
ID3 information and post processor effects
Adds Dolby Headphone processing to regular music content for a better
listening experience over stereo headphones
Adds Dolby Virtual Speaker (w/ Pro-Logic II) effect to regular music for virtual
5.1 surround over stereo speakers
Normalizes the volume level of your music collection with Smart Volume
Normalization (SVN) effect
Supports MP3 and WMA encoding formats for 128~320Kbps data rates
(Windows Media Player 9 or later version and MP3, WMA codecs are required)
Supports transformation speed up to a maximum of 40 times of the normal
playback speed (High Speed mode). (The maximum speed is just for your
reference because it’s related to your PC’s performance and the sound effects
you choose to add.
Before you use PMP software, make sure the following items have been
completed:
1.
2.
3.
Xonar DX Audio Card has been installed in your PC.
The Xonar DX driver has been installed (Xonar DX audio converter driver is
installed for PMP utility)
You will also need an MP3 encoder installed to encode music into MP3
format (If you don’t have this already, the Xonar U1 installer will provide a
guide message to download a free MP3 encoder)
After PMP is installed, you will find a PMP shortcut icon on the desktop. Double
click the icon and PMP will show up as below.
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Main Setting page
Default page to setup and start the music conversion
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PMP Music page
This page will display the converted music files saved in the
“PMP Music” folder
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Software Update
This button is used to check online for upgrades to the
PMP software and download it for upgrade (make sure your
computer is connected to the Internet before you click the
button)
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7.2
Converting music in “Main Setting” Page
Click the main setting page to start the PMP music conversion process.
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Select Music Sources
Step 1 is to prepare the music sources that you are going to
convert. You can select 2 music source folders which can be
multiply checked:
1) My Music – This path is locked and refers to
C:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\My Music.
2) Others – The default path refers to C:\Documents and
Settings\My Documents\My Music but can be designated to
other folder by clicking .
In the right side of the window, you will see all of the music
files from the selected folders that can be converted by PMP.
You can select all or click each check box to choose which
file to be converted later. The files that have been converted
during the process will show a check mark in the status
column.
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Conversion settings
Step 2 is to set the conversion settings you would like. There
are three tabs for different settings:
1) Format: select MP3 or WMA to be the converted format
you would like to have. You can also choose the bitrate from
128Kbps, 192Kbps, and 320Kbps (the higher bitrate, the
higher quality but bigger file size)
2) Effect: You can choose to add three effects into the
converted files: Smart Volume Normalization (to normalize
all volume of your music files to a constant level), Dolby
Headphone (natural spatial effect for headphones), and
Dolby Virtual Speaker (with Pro-Logic II virtual surround
effect for stereo speakers).
3) Destination: This tab allows you to choose to save
converted music to the default PMP Music folder, or to Other
folder by clicking .
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Convert/Stop
The final step is to click the button to start Converting.
Clicking this button again while PMP is converting files
will stop the process. Please note that the audio card will
suspend operation while PMP is converting music to ensure
conversion quality and stability. It’s best to close other audio
applications before you start converting.
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Display for converting
status
This display window will tell you the music being converted,
file type, bitrate, spent time, converted percentage, and
speed.
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Information page
Clicking the information button will display the version of
PMP that you have installed.
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7.3
Find Converted Music in “PMP Music” Page
The default conversion destination folder is C:\Program Files\ASUS PMP Lite\PMP
Music\. You can easily click the PMP Music page to find the converted music
library. The new file name will be copied and suffixed with the data rate and DH (ie.
Dolby Headphone) or DVS (ie. Dolby Virtual Speaker) if the effect is applied. For
example:
Original file name: ABCD.mp3
Converted file name: ABCD_192K_DH.mp3 (meaning the data rate is 192Kbps
with Dolby Headphone post-processing applied)
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PMP Music page
This page shows the converted music library stored in the
PMP Music folder.
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Music Information
This window will display the song name and its artist, length,
and size in the PMP Music folder.
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RMAA Test Guide
The Xonar DX driver CD includes RightMark Audio Analyzer (RMAA) v5.6, 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 DX audio card.
8.1
Setting Up Xonar DX Audio Card
Open the Xonar DX Audio Center. Use the settings below:
1.
2.
3.
Select the sample rate you will be using with RMAA (here we set 48KHz for
testing 48KHz/24bit signals).
Set analog output to 2-speaker mode (to get rid of any channel processing
over RMAA stereo signals in the driver)
Turn off all sound effects including Dolby, 7.1 speaker shifter, EQ,
Environment, etc. A quick way to do so is to enable the “Hi-Fi mode” button in
the Audio 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 DX audio card.
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You should 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,
please select “Line In” as the recording source on the mixer page.
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6.
Click “Reset” on the playback volume mixer page to keep the volume setting
on default.
Turn the master volume to the MAX level (0dB)
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8.2
Configuration and Test with RMAA
Start RMAA and follow the setup procedure below.
1.
2.
Select both of the playback/recording devices as “ASUS Xonar DX Audio”.
Select 24bit and 48KHz for the test signals. (If you change the format here,
please remember to go back to set the same sample rate output in the Xonar
DX Audio Center)
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3.
2
Click “Test options” button in RMAA and check “Analyze noise and distortion
only in 20Hz-20KHz range” (audio in-band for human hearing) in the General
tab.
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Go to the Sound Card tab and select “DirectSound” as the Driver Model
(because Windows MME mode doesn’t support high-resolution 24bit audio
playback and the data may be manipulated by Windows so that the real
hardware quality can not be measured properly.)
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5.
Click loop-back mode test button
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6.
Check if the levels shown in the Adjusting level window are OK (the level
meter will be green).
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7.
If the recording volume level is not high enough, please check and make
the WAVE and Master Volume have been at the maximum level; Instead, if
the recording volume level is too high, please lower the WAVE and Master
volumes gradually until the level is ok.
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Begin the test by clicking the “Done” button. If you cannot get the level to be
“OK” after the previous step, click “Done” anyways and proceed.
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9.
Enter “ASUS Xonar DX Audio” in the New slot name and select one Empty
slot. Then click “OK”.
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10. RMAA will pop up the Test results window. You can click the “Select”
checkbox and click
to “Make html report”.
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11. 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 DX audio 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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RightMark Audio Analyzer test
Testing chain: External loopback (line-out - line-in)
Sampling mode: 24-bit, 48 kHz
Summary
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB:
+0.01, -0.05
Excellent
Noise level, dB (A):
-112.7
Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A):
112.6
Excellent
THD, %:
0.0006
Excellent
IMD + Noise, %:
0.0009
Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB:
-102.4
Excellent
IMD at 10 kHz, %:
0.0010
Excellent
General performance: Excellent
Frequency response
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Frequency range
Response
From 20 Hz to 20 kHz, dB
-0.11, +0.01
From 40 Hz to 15 kHz, dB
-0.05, +0.01
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Parameter
Left
Right
RMS power, dB:
-111.4
-112.0
RMS power (A-weighted), dB:
-112.4
-113.0
Peak level, dB FS:
-87.5
-88.4
DC offset, %:
-0.00
-0.00
Dynamic range
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Parameter
Left
Right
Dynamic range, dB:
+111.4
+111.8
Dynamic range (A-weighted), dB:
+112.4
+112.8
DC offset, %
-0.00
-0.00
THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
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Parameter
Left
Right
THD, %:
0.0006
0.0006
THD + Noise, %:
0.0008
0.0008
THD + Noise (A-weighted), %:
0.0010
0.0009
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Parameter
Left
Right
IMD + Noise, %:
+0.0010
+0.0009
IMD + Noise (A-weighted), %:
+0.0008
+0.0007
Stereo crosstalk
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Parameter
Left
Right
Crosstalk at 100 Hz, dB:
-109
-107
Crosstalk at 1 KHz, dB
-101
-101
Crosstalk at 10 KHz, dB
-82
-82
IMD (swept tones)
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Parameter
Left
Right
IMD + Noise at 5 KHz,
0.0011
0.0011
IMD + Noise at 10 KHz,
0.0009
0.0009
IMD + Noise at 15 KHz,
0.0009
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Troubleshooting and FAQs
[Troubleshooting]
The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Please make sure that you have properly plugged the audio card in the PCI
Express 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.
Please try soft reboot (restart) your Windows.
Remove the card, plug it into another PCI Express slot, and try again.
The PMP software could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
Check the following points:
1.
The Xonar DX Audio Card has been installed in your PC
3.
Windows Media Player Ver. 9 or above has been installed in your PC.
2.
4.
The Xonar DX audio card driver has been installed successfully
PMP Lite will also need an MP3 encoder installed to encode music into MP3
format (If you don’t have it yet, the PMP Lite installer will provide a guide
message to download a free MP3 encoder)
I couldn’t find the Xonar DX Audio Center
Instructions:
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2.
Make sure you have installed the driver
Find the Xonar DX Audio Center icon in the system tray on the bottom righthand corner of the screen. Double click the icon to open the Xonar DX Audio
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 DX Audio 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.
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I can’t hear any sound from my analog speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Xonar DX PCI Express audio 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 DX power
connector. If you did not plug the internal power, Xonar DX audio center will
remind you a warning message and won’t allow your operation when you
double click Xonar DX audio center icon in the system tray.
Please ensure that you have connected speakers properly and have powered
on your speakers
Please ensure that the device master volume or the software player has NOT
been muted on the Xonar DX Audio Center
If you are using Dolby Digital Live encoder 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. Please check if this is
the case.
Please go to the sound and audio device of Windows Control Panel to check
if the playback default device is set to Xonar DX Audio Device, instead of
other onboard AC97 or HDA codec device. If it’s not, please set it to Xonar
DX Audio Device and restart your applications.
Please try restart your Windows.
I can’t hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, AUX, etc.) from my speakers
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Please go to the mixer recording page in the Audio Center and select the
correct input as the recording source. If you are using Windows Vista, please
also go to system audio control panel to see the current default recording/
input device is right.
Please remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording
source.
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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.
I don’t see MIDI device (MPU-401) on Windows Vista. How could I use it?
Instructions:
Windows Vista doesn’t show MPU-401 MIDI port on system. However,
Xonar DX did support MIDI I/O and you can directly use it to connect MIDI
instruments on Vista without any setting.
I found no sound effects when playing 96K or 192KHz sound sources.
Instructions:
1. Currently Xonar DX effects including Dolby support common 44.1K, 48KHz
sound sources processing and will assure high-definition audio (96K/192KHz)
in hi-fidelity playback.
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 DX Audio Center panel will
not take effect either when the playback source is 96KHz or 192KHz sample
rate to prevent any processing distortion.
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Why couldn’t PMP convert some music files successfully?
Instructions:
1. Please make sure you have installed Windows Media Player 9 or above
version, and MP3 encoder in your PC. (following the pop-up downloading
information to finish the installation. To download free MP3 encoder, go to:
http://www.elecard.com/download/#freeware/ )
2. PMP Lite supports MP3, WMA, WAVE, CD source formats. Please check
your source formats.
3. Currently PMP Lite only support common 16 bit audio sources. If you have 24
bit sources, please try converting it into 16bit formats first with some software
editing tool (Ableton Live, Cakewalk, CoolEdit, Soundforge, etc.)
[FAQs]
Q1: Does the Xonar DX support Windows Vista?
Answer:
Yes, the Xonar DX driver package does support Windows Vista 32/64 bit and most
key features are available. In addition, Xonar DX supports unique DS3D GX 1.0
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 DX support Dolby technology?
Answer:
Dolby is the ONLY brands and technology 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 DX the best audio card for HTPC and multi-channel
speakers?
Answer:
The Xonar DX supports Dolby Digital Live, which allow a single digital connection
to your AV receiver to carry Dolby Digtial audio. In addition, Xonar DX also
provides Dolby Pro-Logic IIx to upmix TV and other music to multi-channel
surround sound in Home Theater environments. Xonar DX also has Ultra High
Fidelity SNR at 192K/24bit, which is the high 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 DX support EAX on Vista?
Answer:
Yes, Xonar DX 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 for PC games?
Answer:
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2.
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 DX for musicians?
Answer:
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3.
4.
Ultimate Fidelity: Xonar DX 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 DX includes an ASIO 2.0 driver for low-latency, lowdistortion music creation application
Xonar DX contains the Portable Music Processor Lite, to convert and process
regular music with Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, and Smart
Volume Normalization effects.
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 encoding output from the S/PDIF out menu, which will allow the Xonar
DX to deliver 5.1 surround sound for games, DVD movies, and even stereo music.
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Q8: Why is it that while playing audio CD, I cannot adjust volume from the
path: Mixer page > Playback > CD?
Answer:
If you are using the Microsoft® Windows Media Player to play audio files, you
have to change the playback setting of your CD optical drive to Analog. Open
the Windows Media Player and do the following to change the setting: Tools >
Options > Device > CD Properties > Playback > Analog.
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