XonarSwitch Beta Testing

01-Dec-2015: XonarSwitch development, troubleshooting and feedback collecting are on hold for some months. Until such time when Giulio will be able to resume work on XonarSwitch no new comments will be approved. – CarvedInside

XonarSwitch is a new application that allows you to control various Xonar’s audio settings, define them as switchable profiles, and apply them on-the-fly without having to stop the audio playback.

The beta testing of XonarSwitch is taking place on the MaxedTech website, allowing the author of the application to gather user feedback from the UNi Xonar community and give its members the opportunity to try out the application and contribute to its growth and polishing.


Currently Supported Hardware:


Xonar D1, DX, D2, D2X, DS, DSX, DG, DGX, DG SI, Essence ST, Essence STX, Essence STX II, Xense, Xonar H6


X-Meridian 7.1, X-Meridian 7.1 2G


Currently Supported Operating Systems:

Windows XP and later, both x86 and x64.


Main features:

  • Ability to change the Sound Card settings on the fly by directly interfacing with the driver.
  • No DPC latency increase: although it sends commands directly to the Xonar driver, it does so only when a profile is activated and only for the settings that actually change. It doesn’t continuously poll the driver.
  • Ability to configure itself depending on the hardware it runs on, showing only the relevant options.
  • Fully customizable global keyboard shortcuts usable to switch profile even when in a full-screen applications like a game.
  • Supports Headphones Gain where applicable.
  • Easily clone a profile by editing the source profile and then changing its name.
  • Live mode allows to hear the effects of your settings in real time.
  • Can replace the system volume icon, with a volume popup that is displayed by left-clicking once on the XonarSwitch tray icon. Some Xonar-specific options like analog output selector, SVN and hardware peak meter are present.
  • Very compact and portable: only one small EXE, no dependencies, no need for external DLLs, no need for a setup: drop it and launch it. If run elevated, it enables autostart by default on first run, which can be manually disabled by the user.
  • Built-in self-update code: it periodically checks for new versions and updates itself automatically.


Current Profile Settings:

  • Master volume: leave unchanged, apply last used for the same combination of output panel and speaker type, or set a specific volume and balance.
  • SVN (Smart Volume Normalization): leave unchanged, enable or disable.
  • System Speakers: leave unchanged or set a new layout.
  • System Bit Depth: leave unchanged or set an explicit value
  • System Sample rate: leave unchanged or an explicit value
  • Sample rate: leave unchanged or set an explicit value
  • Set an analog output option: same as Asus Control Panel, including switching between front and rear panel where applicable.
  • Exchange headphones left / right channels: leave unchanged, enable or disable.
  • Exchange center / bass channels: leave unchanged, enable or disable.
  • Exchange side / rear surround channels: leave unchanged, enable or disable.
  • Headphones Gain: set gain mode where applicable. On the Xense, Sennheiser mode is supported.
  • SPDIF Output: deactivate or activate, choice between PCM and relevant options (Dolby Digital and/or DTS Interactive depending on the card model).
  • Surround Max (Stereo upmix): leave unchanged, enable or disable
  • Analog or Digital out enhancements: support for Dolby Headphones, Dolby Virtual Speaker, 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter, Dolby ProLogic IIx, DTS NEO:PC depending on the card model.
  • Each output channel volume (depending on the card capabilities and the analog output layout selected): don’t change or set a specific value.
  • Each input source (they differ based on the card model): Leave unchanged or set volume, balance, line-specific options, monitoring (where available)
  • Select the recording source.
  • Equalizer: don’t change, deactivate and activate, setting a 10 band profile with presets and user-defined gain profiles. The sliders give precise feedback from -20dB to +20dB allowing for 1dB-accurate calibration.
  • FlexBass: deactivate and activate, setting the LTE crossover frequency as well as the speakers’ size.
  • AEC: enable or disable where applicable. AEC requires a particular voice DSP that some models don’t have and thus it’s not always present.


Command line arguments

Since revision 453, XonarSwitch supports command line arguments. They are case and order insensitive. When a parameter is exepected, the “=” sign shouldn’t be preceded or followed by spaces. Parameters containing spaces, like a profile name, shouldn’t be encased in quotation marks. The <INPUT_LINE> parameter is the zero-based line index as seen in the Recording mixer section of the Profile Editor, left to right, and goes as follows:

1Line In
4Stereo Mix
5CD In

Some values might correspond to input lines  that aren’t present on a specific card model and therefore are ineffective if used.

Currently supported command line arguments:


XonarSwitch doesn’t load any user interface and runs even if there is another instance already active in the system tray. It executes other command line arguments and then exits. Autoupdate isn’t triggered even if a new version is released.


Cycles among all available profiles in the same order they appear in the profiles window.


Swtiches to profile <PROFILE_NAME>


Cycles among all provided profiles in the same order they appear in the profiles window. Profile names should be separated by a single comma.


Mutes master volume


Unmutes master volume


Toggles master volume mute state.


Mutes <INPUT_LINE> volume.


Unmutes <INPUT_LINE> volume


Toggles <INPUT_LINE> volume mute state.



XonarSwitch_PopupMenu XonarSwitch_Profile XonarSwitch_Profiles ZonarSwitch_Tooltip


Planned features

  • Adding support for the DG / DGX jack autosensing feature.
  • Suggestions by the community where feasible and when cost/benefit positive, after the application is stable on various hardware and software platforms.



XonarSwitch is designed to take advantage of the ClearType functionality, added by Microsoft to the Windows operating systems since Windows XP.

ClearType is basically a text antialiasing feature that improves readability and reduces eye strain when using flat panel displays.

Starting with Windows Vista, ClearType is enabled by default, while on Windows XP it had to be manually activated by the user.

To enable ClearType under Windows XP and enjoy a clearer and smoother XonarSwitch interface, read this article by Microsoft Support.



The words “ASUS”, “ASUSTek”, “Xonar”, the Xonar logo and the original Xonar icon are trademarks of ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

ASIO is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.

Virus is the author of the Standalone Apps scripts source that got me started with this project.

One of the 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter layouts used by XonarSwitch is by Luis U and guarantees an optimal perception of 3D positioning in games.

The Xonar Icon with a transparent background is by bullseye.



Although the code has been written with care, it’s still a beta application, and like all software in general and beta software in particular is by definition prone to defects. The author can’t exclude that some malfunctioning in the application could cause sensible settings like the system master volume or headphones gain to be misapplied and thus cause damage to your hearing or the audio equipment.

The software is provided as-is and free of charge, and by downloading the application and executing it, you explicitly declare the author is not responsible for whatever damage may be caused by the use of XonarSwitch.

Currently supported features might be dropped if the beta testing phase feedback reveals technical problems unforeseen by the author during the development process.


No malicious software guarantee

XonarSwitch is guaranteed free of malicious code. It has been tested and whitelisted by WebRoot.


Beta feedback guidelines

Beta feedback is essential to get XonarSwitch to run smoothly on all software and hardware platforms.

When reporting a bug, please follow these guidelines:

  • Always include your system info. Right click on the XonarSwitch tray icon, click on “About XonarSwitch…” and then on “Copy System Info” and then paste the data in your message.
  • Provide step-by-step instructions to reproduce the error / wrong behavior.
  • Be ready to test a private release that attempts to address the problem you reported.

Please note that during beta, feature requests will have very low priority, since the development focus will be on getting rid of bugs. If the general feedback by the community is positive and the application reaches a state of reasonable reliability, they will be taken into consideration later on.


How to contact the author

Right-click on XonarSwitch’s tray icon and then on the “About XonarSwitch…” menu.
In the about window, clicking on the developer’s name  will copy his mail address in your system clipboard, and you can then paste it in the recipient field of your mail or webmail client.


Release Notes


Sept. 10, 2015

New Features:
-XonarSwitch is now high-DPI aware. The interface will look sharper  on Windows versions with DPI virtualization of not DPI–aware applications (Vista and onward) when a higher than 100% system-wide DPI setting is used. In that scenario, tray icons of appropriate resolution will also be used instead of scaling up the 16×16 tray icon. Users wanting to employ custom profile icons with a higher than 100% DPI setting, are advised to include the icon resolution matching their setting: 20×20  for 125% DPI, 24×24 for 150% DPI, 28×28 for 175% DPI.Virus Scan


For a list of previous release notes, please see XonarSwitch Version History.





  1. Damian    05 Oct 2015 @ 20:16   

    I have a problem with the program. If I am using the program and then I want to restart or shut down the system (in my running Windows 8.1), it shows me this error:

    I am of Polish, contents of the message in Polish.
    I really would ask for a repair.



    • Giulio    08 Oct 2015 @ 10:37   

      Thanks for your feedback.
      Can you please send me an e-mail (the instructions are in the post above)? I might have to ask you for additional information, and I’ll also need you to test tentative fixes, since I can’t reproduce the problem on my machines.


      • Paul    12 Feb 2016 @ 05:14   

        Hi, have you found the cause for this problem? I have a similar issue on both of my PC’s when shutting down. Both are using Essence STX on latest drivers and latest XonarSwitch, Windows 10.


  2. psychok9    08 Oct 2015 @ 17:38   

    It will be amazing, if we could restore upxming withouth switch source setting 2ch/6ch.
    I’m trying the new 1.80a driver on my X-Meridian 7.1 and is very great!


    • CarvedInside    08 Oct 2015 @ 22:15   

      This is not a XonarSwitch problem. This is a driver problem. I don’t know of a way to do that except what I’ve already written in FAQ Q&A4.


      • psychok9    08 Oct 2015 @ 23:34   

        I know… it’s an old driver problem, when all sound devices abandoned the Windows XP hardware mixer, since Windows Vista and the new software mixer.
        Some cards still do it in some way (I don’t how).

        I’m trying to use XonarSwitch but the digital compression (DTS/DDL) doesn’t still active when I don’t play anything and it makes lag and noise when I start to play something.
        With C-Media panel works ok 🙂


        • CarvedInside    09 Oct 2015 @ 01:06   

          But if you know, why did you post the question under the XonarSwitch page?
          About your XonarSwitch problem with DTS/DDL you should make a new comment instead.


  3. psychok9    09 Oct 2015 @ 18:34   

    I’m trying to abandon C-media panel for Xonar Switch, but the digital compression (DTS/DDL) doesn’t still active when I don’t play anything and it makes lag and noise when I start to play something.

    p.s. For the previous question I’m sorry for OT, my bad.


    • psychok9    09 Oct 2015 @ 18:37   

      Great! I found a workaround…! 😀
      Enable Monitoring on record – Line-In with the record volume to 0.


  4. Martin    09 Oct 2015 @ 23:56   

    Hey, great piece of software, now I can simply switch between headphones and speakers.
    One little addition.
    I can make a shortcut, which toggles between speakers and headphones.
    Can you make a function, that I press a key, and it switches profiles?
    now, I need twe keys to do that, it would be nice, if I just would need one 🙂


  5. AnnaAngstmann    14 Oct 2015 @ 23:40   

    Thanks a lot, works perfect! I was really surprised when I even found the option to disable/activate the upmix option.. You’re a genious!


  6. John    17 Oct 2015 @ 01:05   

    OMG I love you! This is working flawlessly so far for me on a Windows 7 64-bit machine with an ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 PCI Express card. I can finally swap from headphones to speakers with a simple click and retain all my 7.1 sounds. A great convenience. Thank you.


  7. Bob    29 Nov 2015 @ 02:23   

    Hi should the Headphones volume be separate to the speakers volume? When I use my speakers the volume is 20% but when I use my headphones 20% is too loud.


    • psychok9    29 Nov 2015 @ 03:14   

      Hi Bob.
      I use a profile for Headphone with volume set to 10% and another profile with the volume set to 100%/DTS 🙂
      You can switch on the fly without problems.


      • Bob    29 Nov 2015 @ 22:59   

        Is this using XonarSwitch? When I switch using set 20% volume from RP 2.0 and then RP HP the volume remains at 20%.


        • psychok9    30 Nov 2015 @ 01:02   

          Yes. You need to edit profiles (right click on xonar switch systray icon > profiles > select profile > edit), and click on “Set to” and set your % on bar (very left – lower part), click “Save” to save your changes on profile.
          The same with the other profile at higher % of volume/speakers.


  8. CarvedInside    01 Dec 2015 @ 22:50   

    XonarSwitch development, troubleshooting and feedback collecting are on hold for some months. Until such time when Giulio will be able to resume work on XonarSwitch no new comments will be approved.



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