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XonarSwitch Beta Testing

01-Dec-2015: XonarSwitch development, troubleshooting and feedback collecting are on hold for the time being. 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:

ASUS

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

AuzenTech

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:

0Microphone
1Line In
2Aux
3Wave
4Stereo Mix
5CD In
6ALT
7SPDIF 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:

/NoUI

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.

/Profile

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

/Profile=<PROFILE_NAME>

Swtiches to profile <PROFILE_NAME>

/Profile=<PROFILE_NAME1,PROFILE_NAME2,…,PROFILE_NAMEn>

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

/MasterMute

Mutes master volume

/MasterUnmute

Unmutes master volume

/MasterMuteToggle

Toggles master volume mute state.

/InputMute=<INPUT_LINE>

Mutes <INPUT_LINE> volume.

/InputUnmute=<INPUT_LINE>

Unmutes <INPUT_LINE> volume

/InputMuteToggle=<INPUT_LINE>

Toggles <INPUT_LINE> volume mute state.

 

Screenshots:

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.

 

ClearType™

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.

 

Credits

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.

 

 Disclaimer

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

0.9.661

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.

 

 

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925 Comments

  1. Red5goahead    01 Nov 2014 @ 14:36   

    Giulio as I told you by email I agree with your conservative approach about logical into Xonar Switch vs original Asus panel, but please note that new potential feature:

    when OS speakers layout /source channel is set to 6 channels (5.1 sources) or 8 channels (Games, 7.1 sources), and the Digital (SPDIF) –> Dolby Digital Live is on the run, the mixer/playback controls and equalizer / flexbass speaker size follow only the output/ analog choice. Imho this is a real bug in the original Asus control panel. There are no reasonable reasons to bond those controls analog output, that besides is disabled during DD live session, instead sources. I hope this kind of implementation could be avaiable by api layer

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    • Giulio    03 Nov 2014 @ 15:35   

      I believe both FlexBass and the playback part of the mixer work on the analog output section of the card, which is disabled when DDL is on.

      Probably the designers expected the recipient of the SPDIF stream to handle LFE frequency routing and per-channel volume.

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    • Chris Leipold    03 Nov 2014 @ 16:12   

      This is a restriction of digital audio stream. Via DDL and SPDIF the sound stream is digital and is intended to be bit perfect. Thats why u cant change LFE frequency or per channel volume within a digital audio stream because it would causing a non bit perfect stream which means you loose audio quality. Its a limitation of SPDIF for bit perfect audio stream. As SPDIF aka digital audio stream is mostly for home theater and for the use with a av-receiver you can change the parameters like LFE frequency directly within your av-receiver. In this way the stream from soundcard to receiver is bitperfect and the change of parameters is made by the receivers dsp which would cause not audio quality loss. As said before this is a limitation of bit perfect audio stream which is implemented well by Asus designers and if u want to change this parameter u have to get a good av-receiver and change the parameters on receiver.

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      • Red5goahead    03 Nov 2014 @ 18:24   

        >Thats why u cant change LFE frequency or per channel volume within a digital audio stream

        I don’t want to! The Flexbass and the mixer work fine with DD Live and the Xonar Dx because they work before the stream encoding.
        I prefer to use the Xonar card as dsp and mixer because my Marantz avr is a good device as amplifier but I bought it several year ago and it have some limitations, For example I can’t select a LFE frequency, it should be 100 HZ but it’s unique value. Infact I set S-Direct mode on the Avr because in this signal configuration I don’t want any further quality loss. With a Avr equipped with Audissey technology my choice become different

        The question I have raised is why the mixer and the flexbass configuration are bonded to output speaker scheme instead the input one when the Dolby digital live is always encoded with 5.1 channels. It related to the logic of the controls in the Asus panel. nothing more

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        • Giulio    03 Nov 2014 @ 19:44   

          The Flexbass and the mixer work fine with DD Live and the Xonar Dx

          How do you know that? C-Media control panel?

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          • Red5goahead    03 Nov 2014 @ 20:34   

            Because I’ve the ears, a couple :-))

            Mixer playback level and FlexBass work fine with Dolby Digital Live, but I have to set Analog output to “Rear 5.1 speakers” to get full slide controls in the mixer tab (6 channels) even if that control is disabled when Digital (SPDIF) is set to “Dolby Digital Live”. If I have “Rear 2 speaker” (disabled) the mixer allow only the front channel L+R..

            If OS speakers layout / source channels is set to 6 or 8 ch/s, the Mixer and FlexBass control should display full control for all these channels, (imho)

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            • Giulio    03 Nov 2014 @ 20:51   

              I was asking confirmation you used the C-Media Control Panel to enable FlexBass and the channel volume sliders with DDL output, since the fact you can’t do that in the ASUS control panel nor in XonarSwitch is the main reason behind your initial post.

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              • Red5goahead    03 Nov 2014 @ 21:09   

                I’m using Asus Xonar Dx center, the FlexBass and mixer are active. But I have to set Analog->5.1 to have 6 channels enabled

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                • Giulio    04 Nov 2014 @ 11:05   

                  I checked the official control panels, and both do what you describe, C-Media included.

                  I think it makes sense to have both FlexBass and per-channel volume available when DDL is selected, since the driver accepts the commands and they work.

                  What I don’t think makes sense is to go with the input channels. Both FlexBass and per-channel volume are applied before DDL conversion but after DSP. What happens if the user chooses stereo for the source (2 channels) and then upmixes to 5.1 via ProLogic IIx? You would end up with 2 speakers in FlexBass and 2 volume sliders but you have 6 channels.

                  I think the best way to handle this is to treat it like the 5.1 analog output option. The output channels are the same, it’s just that it’s digital and not analog, but it seems it doesn’t make any difference in this specific context.

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        • Chris Leipold    03 Nov 2014 @ 23:43   

          Ok sorry for the misreading. I think i got it now 😉 . Seems to be a software limitation from the logical standpoint but maybe not cause of the design of the Xonar cards. I need to check this. To clear this up, you set the Analog Output in Xonar panel to 2 Channel Speaker and then you select DDL and you have only L+R in the mixer tab ? But because DDL is a 5.1 channel audio stream you want to have all 6 channels in the mixer tab. Is this correct? I need to investigate this more to be able to help with it. But maybe Giulio or Carved have a idea whats causing this. Maybe its caused by the driver design of the Xonars or the way they implemented digital output. But as said i need to look further into it. Last short and simple question, why dont you set it to 5.1 Analog Output and leave it there because its doing what you want?

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          • Red5goahead    04 Nov 2014 @ 00:48   

            >you set the Analog Output in Xonar panel to 2 Channel Speaker and then you select DDL and you have only L+R in the mixer tab ?

            Yes

            >But because DDL is a 5.1 channel audio stream you want to have all 6 channels in the mixer tab

            Yes,

            >Last short and simple question, why dont you set it to 5.1 Analog Output and leave it there because its doing what you want

            Yes, I did of course ! and it work fine. There are no problems to let Xonar to do what I want in the daily use. The question about Xonar Switch is improve the interfaces in a better and understable way (if possible)

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  2. Chris Leipold    04 Nov 2014 @ 02:26   

    Ok it might be possible but only if the driver allows it. Because XonarSwitch is a user interface which sets (reflects) the settings in the driver. If the driver cant handle it in another way i dont think it could be overrided or bypassed by software or registry tweak. But i think Giulio or Carved have a better in depth knowledge at the moment about this. But i will further look into this and see if i can find something useful.

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  3. Chris Leipold    04 Nov 2014 @ 02:53   

    By the way its a very small problem. More a cosmetic thing in my opinion. I would rather prefer to see DTS NEO:PC / Dolby ProLogic II layout selection switching, between music and movie in XonarSwitch. So that i not have to use C-Media Panel to switch DTS NEO:PC layout from music to movie. Just like the default / dont change dropdown selection but with music and movie. Or to change the layout between music and movie for for Dolby ProLogic II within XonarSwitch as well. The greatest thing to see would be a graphic interface to adjust the music or movie layout like you can do in C-Media Panel or Asus Xonar Center. But one step after another. Layout selection would make XonarSwitch complete for me and with graphical user interface i would be able to never need C-Media panel or Asus Xonar Center. Just the the lightweight and powerful XonarSwitch.

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    • Giulio    04 Nov 2014 @ 11:09   

      I agree those options are necessary. They are also quite high in my priority list, together with virtual speaker position editing and the ability to save user-defined virtual speakers layouts.

      For the time being, though, I’m forced to do simpler things that are lower in priority because of time constraints.

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  4. Chris Leipold    04 Nov 2014 @ 22:10   

    Great to hear that i am looking forward to see this when ready! 😀 As ever take the time you need. I know how hard it is to have not enough free time caused by to much work. But now it settles down and i have luckily more free time. I would let you know if you need any help / preview testing / or whatever then let me know cause i am back to support you ( I am able caused by my more free time :D) . You should have my Email if not let me know. BTW great work and nice to see every development of XonarSwitch in any way. Thumbs up!

    If u make a donate option i will spend you a couple of beers for sure !

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  5. FireFreak111    05 Nov 2014 @ 14:13   

    Is it possible to make some sort of application/registry file which sets the Xonar U7 USB sound card Headphones output to 7.1, not stereo? With the Phoebus and the Xonar U7, due to DHTv4, Headphones is actually set to stereo, meaning all games give stereo sound. I have been hunting a way to set the driver to 7.1, so that games that don’t allow you to in-game set the audio to 7.1 still send out 7.1 due to the driver, but I have not found a way (registry, etc) to set this.

    Can you please, please help me with this, it is the one issue with these cards I cannot fix that needs to be fixed?

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    • Giulio    05 Nov 2014 @ 14:52   

      I don’t know the Xonar U7 and the Phoebus specifically, since they use a different chipset and driver compared to the hardware supported by XonarSwitch.

      What I do know is that the games, since Vista, set the channels in their output from the render endpoint speakers layout.

      So, try this, if you haven’t already: open the sound control panel, click on the Xonar Speakers, click on configure, choose 7.1 surround as your setup and complete the wizard.

      Next time you start your game, it should output an 8 channels stream. I don’t know how the U7 driver will handle it, but it should use the 8 channels spatial information before sending the output to your physical transducers (headphones, speakers or whatever), also depending on the settings you have / activate.

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      • FireFreak111    05 Nov 2014 @ 15:12   

        This is the problem :). You can’t select configure, it’s greyed out, and the driver is locked to stereo. Dolby has said that the Surround Virtualiser is the same algorithm as Dolby Headphone, so it should be able to take 8 channels and downmix it. If I set MPC-HC to manually mix the sound and set it to 7.1, it definitely sounds like 7.1. It’s just that many games don’t let you manually set the speaker config, and they just use the driver as you said, which is locked to stereo.

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        • Giulio    05 Nov 2014 @ 15:41   

          That’s weird. I have an external DAC, which only accepts stereo sound, but it still lets me hit the configure button. Of course in the wizard you only get mono and stereo as alternatives, but it’s still enabled.

          Also, the Xonar 8788 driver only exposes two volume sliders to the system (left and right for balance), but it still has different speaker layouts up to 7.1 surround available.

          I’m afraid that was all the help I could provide. Good luck with finding a solution to your problem!

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  6. Manuel    09 Nov 2014 @ 15:45   

    Hello, I’m currently using the latest version of your program on a Windows 7 x64 system with the Xonar Essence ST (PCI) soundcard.

    I’ve always used your software with very good results, but since installing it on this new build of mine I’ve been encountering a weird problem. Basically, the icon in the system tray remains in a ‘mute’ state, regardless of the actual status of the volume set or any specific profile I might have selected.
    Moreover, when I hover on said icon, it displays the following information string: “Master Volume: Unknown”.

    I’d like to be able to control and visually check the volume directly with XonarSwitch, so looking forward to hearing some possible insight on the cause of this anomaly. Thanks in advance!

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    • Giulio    10 Nov 2014 @ 12:26   

      In order to have a better insight about what’s happening on your new build, I need to know how XonarSwitch “sees” your system.

      Please do the following:

      1) Right-click on the XonarSwitch tray icon.
      2) Click on “About XonarSwitch…”
      3) Click on the button labeled “Save Complete Diagnostic Info” and choose a file name and location.
      4) Send me the saved file (instructions on how to contact me are towards the end of the post above) or paste its content here.

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  7. Nintendo Maniac 64    21 Nov 2014 @ 09:55   

    My main desktop PC is still dead, so I still can’t test and find this out for myself…

    Does this program support automatic profile switching triggered by program launch? That is, similar to per-game forced graphics settings in AMD’s and Nvidia’s graphics control panel.

    Or is the only way to make a program shortcut that sends a CMD command and then launches said program?

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    • Giulio    21 Nov 2014 @ 11:01   

      The feature you are referring to (automatic profile switching based on process creation / termination) isn’t currently in, although it has been on my to-do list for a long time.

      It will eventually come, but not anytime soon. It depends on another system which is rather complex and allows for a great flexibility, but it requires time to develop and I don’t have that time now.

      What you suggest as an alternative is feasible: you can create a batch file that uses XonarSwitch command-line arguments to automate profile switching and then launches the program. It should look something like this:

      XONARSWITCH_FOLDER\XonarSwitch.exe /NOUI /Profile=YOUR_PROGRAM_PROFILE
      LAUNCH_YOUR_PROGRAM

      When used with the /NOUI switch, the new XonarSwitch instance doesn’t interfere with a possible other instance running in background in your system tray, whereas normally only one instance of XonarSwitch can run at any given time.

      Another less automated alternative is to assign a global keyboard shortcut to your profile and manually switch to it when you run your program.

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      • Nintendo Maniac 64    21 Nov 2014 @ 11:09   

        OK, I figured that a batch file would work – thanks for confirming though.

        I was already aware of the global hot keys, but that won’t really help me in terms of remembering which programs use 44.1KHz and which use 48KHz.

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  8. Jonny    11 Dec 2014 @ 06:54   

    Question relates to having two xonar cards installed and how your xonar switch and uni drivers will react.

    Posted this also on the uni xonar page also, for the uni xonar drivers.

    I have a DX in the PCIe top slot of my motherboard (ASRock Z68 Extreme4), it serves the 5.1 for my external 5.1 speakers. I have a USB FREQ7 headset for gaming/comms.

    I have a better set of stereo headphones coming and would like a headphone amp, just to get me going. I cannot afford the STX II, so for now I was thinking a DG (pci) or DGX (PCIe), put into the bottom PCIe lane, or the DG in the one PCI land that’s free, and used for just the stereo out via its headphone amp.

    So, if I install the card and then run your driver install again and this time chose the card (DG or DGX), will it install for this new 2nd xonar.

    Failing this, then I thought a cheap TOSLINK headphone amp, using the optical out from the top (current) DX card. So not £22, but around £100 max.
    Would an optical in cheap headphone amp be a better bet here. or can I get away with adding in the DGX.
    Also with this same question, will the xonar switch see both xonar cards and allow separate config of each. (will post this in the switch thread as well)

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    • Bill    11 Dec 2014 @ 09:44   

      Someone correct me if I’m mistaken here, but I think that the drivers do not support 2 xonar cards on the same setup. Haven’t tried it though, just something I recall I’ve read on a forum somewhere.

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    • Giulio    11 Dec 2014 @ 11:04   

      About the XonarSwitch section of your question: XonarSwitch cannot currently control two cards at a time. The best you can do is to force it to detect the card you want it to drive, and use an official control panel with the other.

      To do so you have two ways.

      The first one is through the undocumented /HID command line parameter, which forces XonarSwitch to look for a card that has a Hardware ID containing a specific string. This is useful if you want to create two shortcut icons to launch XonarSwitch on one card each. Please note that you can’t have two XonarSwitch instances running simultaneously.

      About the command line argument, here’s an example of how it looks like. Provided you want XonarSwitch to detect the DX, you should launch it this way:
      XonarSwitch /HID=VEN_13F6&DEV_8788&SUBSYS_82751043

      You find a list of Xonar cards and their hardware IDs here.

      If you use the command above in a command prompt window or batch file, be sure to put a ^ sign before the ampersands to escape them, since the ampersand sign is used to chain commands together, otherwise you’ll get errors.

      In a batch file, the command should then look like this:
      XonarSwitch /HID=VEN_13F6^&DEV_8788^&SUBSYS_82751043

      Please note that if you use autostart, it might be preferable to use the second method below, or you’ll have to manually edit the autostart entry each time you disable and re-enable it, as it will be recreated without the command line arguments.

      The second, simpler way is to use the registry editor, navigate to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\XonarSwitch” and create a string value named “HID” and then put the hardware ID search string there.

      The HID value in the registry has a higher priority than the command line switch, i.e. if two search strings are provided simultaneously using both methods, the registry string will be used.

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      • Jonny    11 Dec 2014 @ 11:26   

        Thanks for the reply. I think then its just not worth the hassle. I’m looking for easy and seamless.

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        • Jonny    11 Dec 2014 @ 11:29   

          I guess I could re-enable the onboard soundcard and use its optical out. Is the optical out the same from the motherboards onboard sound card and the xonar’s.

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  9. Jonny    24 Dec 2014 @ 00:59   

    I’ve now got my new Philips X1 headphones and replacement cable, removed old UNi Xonar drivers and xonar DX card, but left your switch installed. Installed the new DGX and rebooted and installed latest uni xonar with no issues (low latency-DGX). Set a new profile for the headphones out. System volume to 95%, and using J.River set a new zone, set the dgx (wasapi), 96khz, internal volume.

    I just wanted to ask, I assume setting the xonarswtich to ‘rear headphones’ is activating the xonar dgx headphone amp.

    I don’t seem to be getting as much volume as I would of expected with the DGX headhone amp. I find running

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    • Giulio    24 Dec 2014 @ 11:30   

      Rear headphones means you are enabling your rear output (the one on the card itself as opposed to the case front panel connector) and selecting headphones as transducer type. That in turn gives you access to headphones-specific functionality like Dolby Headphones etc.

      The headphone amp should be available on both front and rear outputs.

      To enable it you have to click on the “AMP” button you should have next to the output combo and select a gain mode.

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      • Jonny    24 Dec 2014 @ 12:30   

        Thank you.

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        • Jonny    24 Dec 2014 @ 13:47   

          The Philips X1 headphones are 30 ohm, it auto detected the <32 option.

          Any thoughts on which might be the best place to plug the headphone cable into: rear of the card directly, or using the cases (NZXT 630) HD audio cable up through the case and all its components to the front panel headphones out. The HD audio cable does have some screening, its not the best.
          I usually opt for direct into the rear of the card – interference wise.

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  10. dfgdfg    13 Jan 2015 @ 21:48   

    Restoring a backup causes the following error:
    http://i.imgur.com/zYiqy92.png
    It’s even happening with backups who are just some seconds old.

    If Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 is running during a restoration, Xonarswitch is even crashing with the following error (even if I give it every possible read/write-rights):
    http://i.imgur.com/gTDkO9G.png

    OS: Win 8.1 x64

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    • Giulio    13 Jan 2015 @ 22:06   

      When you restore a backup, XonarSwitch uses the file located at http://www.3dalchemy.com/xonarswitch/Backup/XonarSwitchBackup.xsd to validate its format and avoid problems due to manual edits that don’t respect the backup logic.

      Try and see if you can add XonarSwitch as an exception under different antivirus filters to prevent both problems. If it doesn’t work you might have to send the executable to Kaspersky Labs so that they whitelist it in their signature file.

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      • Red5goahead    13 Jan 2015 @ 22:08   

        Giulio, don’t forget about my problem with xonarswitch that often crash when I’m closing Windows (8.1 x64)

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  11. berserk    15 Jan 2015 @ 16:02   

    This is really cool!! i only got a small problem that i don’t know if it can be fixed with this nice piece of software as it is. I use pro logic but i don’t want the sound directed for the center speaker. in the asus software you can change the wideness of the sound. i cant seem to do it here. any help? besides that this is awesome!

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    • Giulio    16 Jan 2015 @ 10:15   

      Thanks for your feedback.
      That feature is missing at the moment.It’s planned as soon as I have enough spare time to implement it properly, along with other things.

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  12. Jack Stupple    15 Jan 2015 @ 21:52   

    I managed to get the Asus Essence STX2 to work in Windows 10 using a combination of the device manager and this program. Due to the way the installer works it wouldn’t install windows 8.1 drivers on windows 10, so what I did was went in the device manager, told it to update from a set location (my downloads folder) and so that was the driver sorted. But it was locked to the stereo back output, so now I use this program to manage the outputs until I find a better solution. 😀

    Full article in the link, I wrote about it since my twitter followers are all geeks.. 😉

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  13. tribaljet    28 Jan 2015 @ 10:23   

    Quick question, does XonarSwitch work with both modded and stock drivers?

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  14. Leon    06 Feb 2015 @ 10:57   

    There’s a way to fix the .exe trying to connect to internet as often?

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  15. Thomas    17 Feb 2015 @ 22:19   

    This is awesome. Looked for something like this back when I got my Xonar to no avail but now it’s here.

    A little suggestion tho, could you perhaps make it possible to either hide elements in the right-click menu of the tray icon (like the asio thing) or move profiles to be bottom for quicker switching?

    Thx

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    • Giulio    18 Feb 2015 @ 12:37   

      I guess moving the profiles at the bottom of the popup menu could make sense. Note taken, thanks for your feedback.

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