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Xonar U3
Mobile Headphone Amp USB Soundcard
User manual
E7803
Second Edition (V2)
October 2012
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Contents
Notices.......................................................................................................... iv
Safety information........................................................................................ v
Trademarks.................................................................................................... v
License.......................................................................................................... v
1.
Package contents............................................................................. 1
3.
Specifications summary.................................................................. 1
2.
System requirements....................................................................... 1
4.
Card Installation............................................................................... 3
6.
Hardware introduction..................................................................... 4
5.
7.
8.
Driver installation............................................................................. 3
Connecting speakers....................................................................... 5
Xonar Audio Center......................................................................... 7
8.1
Xonar Audio Center GUI..................................................... 7
8.3
Mixer/Volume.................................................................... 17
8.2
8.4
8.5
8.6
8.7
9.
8.8
Main Setting........................................................................ 9
Effects............................................................................... 19
Karaoke / Magic Voice...................................................... 21
VocalFX............................................................................. 22
Smart Volume Normalization............................................ 25
DS3D GX2.5 and DSP Modes.......................................... 27
Troubleshooting and FAQs........................................................... 29
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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. 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.
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1.
Package contents
Check your ASUS Xonar U3 external USB audio card package for the following
items:
•
ASUS Xonar U3 external USB audio card
•
Driver / User Manual CD x 1
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•
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1
2.
System requirements
To ensure a successful installation of the Xonar U3 external USB audio card, your
computer must meet the following requirements:
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IBM compatible PC with one USB1.1 (or higher) compatible port for the USB
audio device
Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 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 or powered analog speakers to enjoy the ultra-high
fidelity sound of the card
3.
Specifications summary
Category
Item
Description
Audio Controller
Audio Chipset
and Codec
Bus Interface
I/O Ports
ASUS UA100 USB Audio Chip
USB Bus
USB Audio Class
Analog Output Jack &
Digital S/PDIF Output
Combo
Built-in Headphone
Amplifier
Analog Input Jack:
USB 2.0 and 1.0 Full-speed compatible
USB Audio Device Class v1.0 compatible
3.50mm mini analog and digital combo jack*1
(Headphone/Speakers/SPDIF output)
98dB SNR
>1.1Vrms full-scale output voltage for >32
ohms load
Frequency Response (-3dB/48KHz):
20~20KHz for 32ohms
3.50mm mini shared jack *1 (Line-In/Mic-In)
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Category
Outlook
Features
Item
Description
Play music. Idle: LED on
LED indicator
Operation System
Dolby® Technologies
Smart Volume
Normalizer™
Xear 3D™ Virtual
Speaker Shifter
Driver Features
Audio
Performance
Accessories
Mute: LED off
Windows® 7/Vista/XP(32/64bit)
Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Virtual Speaker,
Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx, Dolby® Digital Live
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources
into a constant level
Virtual 7.1speaker positioning
Modifies the sound of your voice, for VOIP and
online chat applications (Windows XP)
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo
Karaoke Functions
effects (Windows XP)
Other Effects
10-band Equalizer/27 Environment Effects
EAX® 2.0&1.0, A3D® 1.0, DirectSound® HW &
3D Sound Engines/APIs
SW, OpenAL generic modes
S/PDIF Digital Output
PCM, Dolby Digital
Output Signal-to-Noise
Ratio (silence, A~100dB
Weighted):
Output THD+N
<0.005%
(1kHz -3dBFs)
Cross-talk (10Kohms,
-104dB
1KHz)
Frequency Response
< 20Hz to 20KHz
(-1dB, 48KHz):
Output/Input Full-Scale
2.0 Vrms / 2.0 Vrms
Voltage
S/PDIF optical adaptor*1, Driver CD*1, Quick Start Guide*1
Magic Voice™
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Card Installation
Connect the USB connector to any USB 2.0 port on your notebook or PC as the
following drawing shows.
5.
Driver installation
After installing the Xonar U3 external USB audio card on your computer, you
need to install the device driver that enables the Xonar U3 audio card to work with
Windows operating system.
The version and content of the support CD are subject to change without notice.
To install the device driver:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Insert the ASUS Xonar U3 support CD into your optical drive. If Autorun is
enabled, the ASUS Xonar Card Driver screen appears automatically. Go to
step 4. If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, perform step 2.
Click My Computer on your desktop and double-click the optical drive icon.
Double-click the setup.exe icon located on the optical drive.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Read the
END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT in the process and make sure that you
understand and accept it before continuing 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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Hardware introduction
Xonar U3 external USB audio card layout
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1.
Light indicator
Description
Play music (not Mute)
Play music (Mute)
Idle (not Mute)
Idle (Mute)
2.
3.
Status
LED on
LED off
LED on
LED off
Headphone & S/PDIF-Out port
Mic & Line-in port
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Connecting speakers
For Analog Spakers
2 Speakers
2.1 Speakers
For Digital Speakers
SPDIF Out
Plug the optical TOSLINK adapter into the S/PDIF-Out port. Then, connect your
decoder’s S/PDIF In port to the optical adapter with a TOSLINK optical cable.
The TOSLINK optical cable is purchased separately.
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Connecting headphone / microphone
Connecting Line-In audio sources
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Xonar Audio Center
8.1
Xonar Audio Center GUI
1.
After the driver installation is complete and
your computer has been rebooted, you will
find the Xonar 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, launch the Xonar Audio Center
from the Windows desktop by clicking Start > All Programs > ASUS Xonar U3
Audio > Xonar U3 Audio Center.
2.
The Xonar Audio Center is the Graphic User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar
U3 driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar U3 driver
on the Audio Center. The following picture shows a basic overview of the
Xonar U3 Audio Center. The following sections of this manual will describe its
functions in more detail.
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Item
Description
1
Display Area
This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume
level, and the status of the Dolby Headphone, 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.
6
DSP Mode
These 5 buttons give access to quick sound effects
combinations for Music, Games, Movie, effect-free (Hi-Fi),
and gaming surround sound effect (GX2.5) modes.
7
Setting Menu Panel
This panel gives access to setting tabs, including Main
Settings, Mixer/volume, Effects, Karaoke/MagicVoice, and
VocalFX.
8
Information icon
Clicking this icon will pop up driver’s Information window.
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8.2
Main Setting
8.2.1
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 U3 audio card can support sample rates up to 48KHz. Even if your setting
differs from the audio source’s sample rate, the Xonar U3 engine will do super high
fidelity sample-rate-conversion with a double floating-point filter.
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No
Item
Description
1
Sample Rate
The Xonar U3 supports sample rates up to 48KHz.
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8.2.2
Analog Out mode
Headphone
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No
Item
Description
1
Analog Out
The Analog Out setting is used to match your actual speaker
setting, such as headphones, 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar
U3 will play the channels and does the proper 3D/Dolby
sound processing accordingly. Select the correct speaker/
Headphone type for your connected speakers/ Headphone.
2
Speaker Test
Click this button to show the speaker test window in the right
pane. Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one
or click each speaker manually to test.
Note: The Speaker Test function is not available on Windows
Vista due to a limitation in its audio stack.
3
HP Advanced Setting
Clicking this button allows you to select the gain tuning
according to your headphone impedance.
Usage scenario or Headphone impedance
DAC setting
Exciter Mode or for >64ohms headsets
16 dB boost
Pro-gaming Mode or for 32~64ohms headsets 9 dB boost
VOIP Mode or for <32ohms headsets
0 dB boost
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8.2.3
SPDIF Out/DDL
Xonar U3 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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2
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
two 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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8.2.4
Audio Channels (For Win7/Vista only)
This setting only appears in Windows Vista / Windows 7. Windows Vista / Windows
7 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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8.2.5
7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter
The 7.1Virtual Speaker Shifter has the following major features:
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Expanding/upmixing audio to 7.1-channel surround sound
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Shiftable virtual speaker positioning allows you to adjust the best sound field
easily without moving physical speakers and wires
•
Virtualizing 7.1surround sound over any set of speakers
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1
No
Item
Description
1
Shifter enable/disable
Click this check box to enable the 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter.
Clicking the text bar will switch the right window to the
Speaker Shifter page for manual adjustments.
2
Drag speaker or
listener
You can drag each speaker or listener to a different relative
position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar U3
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.
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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8.2.6
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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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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8.2.7
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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No
Item
Description
1
Dolby Headphone
enable/disable
Tick this check box to enable Dolby Headphone. Click the
textbar to switch the right window to Dolby Headphone page
for manual adjusting.
* 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter and Dolby Pro-Logic IIx can be
selected only when Dolby Headphone is enabled.
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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8.2.8
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® IIx processing, delivers
a virtual 5.1-channel surround listening experience from any high-quality stereo
source.
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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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8.3
Mixer/Volume
The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording
on the Xonar U3. In addition, the Xonar U3 also provides a high-quality digital
monitoring function for hearing the recorded audio from the speakers.
8.3.1
Playback Volume
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Item
Description
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Playback volume tab
Click this button to show the playback volume page.
2
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.
3
Mute button
Click this button to mute the audio channel; click this button
again to restore the audio output.
4
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.
5
Left/Right balance
The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels. (On Windows XP only)
6
Reset
Reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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8.3.2
Recording/Monitoring Volume
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Item
Description
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Recording Volume Tab
Click this button to show the recording volume page.
2
Source / path name
This shows the source name for each volume control slider,
including:
MIC: recording from MIC jack
Line-In: recording from Line-in jack for external audio devices
WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on
PC
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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 DGP effects will be applied to the source,
too.
4
Recording Selector
button
Click this button to select the path/source you are going to
record. Please note that the recording function on Windows
is a one-path selector. So, you can select only one default
recording source at a time. You may have to restart the
recorder program if you switch to a different source. (Note:
On Vista, some application programs may allow you to
select the recording device/path in the recording programs
themselves.)
5
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.
6
Left/Right balance
This horizontal slider controls the volume between the left
and right channels.
7
Reset
Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings.
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8.4
Effects
8.4.1
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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Item
Description
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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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8.4.2
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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Item
Description
1
Default equalizer
options
There are 12 available equalizer patterns. Click one to apply
it.
2
User Defined
You can click this button to apply your own defined
parameters saved in the pull-down menu.
3
Equalier slider
Adjust the gain for each band (30~16KHz).
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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8.5
Karaoke / Magic Voice
The Xonar U3 provides powerful features for VOIP and Karaoke, including KeyShifting, 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.
*** Microphone Echo and Magic voice features are not available on Windows Vista.
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Item
Description
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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
Check the box 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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8.6
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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Item
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.
(You can hear your voice from speakers)
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3
App List
You can add VOIP application into VOIP application List.
4
ChatEX
It emulates different background environment effects when
you chat online.
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Magic Voice
Changes your voice pitch to different types for disguising
your real voice or just for fun in online chatting.
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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.
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 recording device will be set to microphone from
other recording devices except Stereo Mix. The message also reminds the GX
function will be enabled automatically in order to have VocalFX effective. Click
“OK” to accept it; Click “Cancel” if you want to enable it later. Check “Don’t
remind me again”.
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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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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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DS3D GX2.5 and DSP Modes
Xonar U3 is introducing an innovative technology –DirectSound 3D Game
Extensions v2.5 (DG3D GX2.5)- to restore DirectSound 3D Hardware acceleration
mode and its subsidiary EAX effects on Windows 7/Vista for 3D games.
Unlike some proprietary API like OpenAL, DG3D GX doesn’t require games to
support OpenAL API. All existing games compatible with Microsoft DirectX and
DirectSound 2D/3D will be supported with DG3D GX technology. Before you start
EAX and DG3D HW games, please enable DG3D GX on the Xonar U3 audio
center, and disable the function after the games.
In addition, Xonar U3 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 U3 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.
No sound effects will be applied to high-definition 96KHz/192KHz content.
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2
3
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No
Item
Description
1
Music Mode
This mode is set for Music playback.
2
Movie Mode
This mode is set for DVD Movie playback.
3
GX Mode
DirectSound 3D Game Extensions mode to support EAX and
DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for lots of DirectX/
DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista.
4
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.
5
Game Mode
This mode is set for Games.
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Troubleshooting and FAQs
[Troubleshooting]
The audio card driver could not be installed on my PC.
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
Make sure that you have properly plugged Xonar U3 into a USB port.
Check that the Windows hardware device manager has discovered a USB
audio device. If no device is found, try scanning for new hardware or restart
Windows.
Remove Xonar U3, plug it into another USB port, and try again.
I cannot find the Xonar U3 Audio Center
Instructions:
1.
Make sure you have installed the driver
2.
Locate the Xonar U3 Audio Center icon in the system tray on the bottom
right-hand corner of the screen. Double-click the icon to open the Xonar U3
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 U3 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.
I cannot hear any sound from my analog speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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 U3 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.
Try restarting your Windows.
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I cannot hear any sound from the S/PDIF output
Instructions:
1.
2.
3.
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 Live, you may have to double check that the AV
receiver is in that decoding mode.
I cannot hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, AUX, etc.) from my speakers
Instructions:
1.
2.
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, 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.
[FAQ]
Q1: Does the Xonar U3 support Windows 7/Vista?
Answer:
Yes, the Xonar U3 driver package does support Windows 7/Vista 32/64 bit and
most key features are available.
Q2: Why does the Xonar U3 support Dolby® technologies?
Answer:
Dolby is the ONLY brand and technology recognized by the CE industry and
available on a wide range of audio equipment. Xonar U3 includes these features to
make your PC a powerful media and entertainment center.
Q3: Does the Xonar U3 support EAX on Vista?
Answer:
Yes, Xonar U3 can support the latest EAX on Windows 7/ Vista /XP through
innovative DirectSound3D Game EXtensions v2.5 (DG3D GX 2.5) technology.
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Q4: Why do I need Dolby Headpone for PC games?
Answer:
1.
2.
Dolby Digital and Pro-Logic IIx are available on the latest game consoles,
like XBOX360, PS3, and Wii. Dolby 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.
Q5: What is the most important benefit of the Xonar U3 for gamers?
Answer:
1.
2.
3.
Headphone amplifier: Enables accurate sound positioning in superb quality
for unparalleled gaming experience.
Dolby headphone: Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround and
3D positional sound field over any set of stereo headphones.
GX 2.5: Enables the latest EAX gaming audio and restore surround gaming
in Windows Vista/7 without additional software.
Q6: 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.
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