1. Pawel Lewandowski25 Apr 2013 @ 02:47

    Guys, will the versions of the drivers with Dolby Home Theater and other addons be shared and commented here? I can't see any info on this topic..


    • CarvedInside25 Apr 2013 @ 02:54

      This is the page you are looking for. There are 2 ways to arrive to it, easiest one is through UNi Xonar Drivers submenu->Xonar SW addons


      • Pawel Lewandowski26 Apr 2013 @ 13:32

        Thanks. Stupid me, I didn't notice that section :-/
        I really like the new layout of the website. Keep up th good work ๐Ÿ™‚


    • MasterFaster26 Apr 2013 @ 10:47

      You can also download and install SRS Audio Essentials and use it with Uni Xonar drivers v1.70.

      Currently I'm testing 1821 driver with my Xonar DX. So far no problems. It seems to me that there are no differences between 1813, 1815, 1818 and 1821 drivers.

      According to ASUS, here is the changelog for 1821:
      1. Language update for Russian and Japanese

      Probably this changelog is reffering to AsusAudioCenter and not the driver. The changelog for the driver is still unknown.


  2. Mitch26 Apr 2013 @ 13:38

    Thanks @CarvedInside.. so much for your ongoing commitment ..will try the new v1.70. The v1.64 pack was orsum.


    • CarvedInside26 Apr 2013 @ 16:13

      Glad to hear that. If you haven't installed the 1.70, you can wait for 1.71 as they will be ready these days.


  3. Daan26 Apr 2013 @ 17:25

    Ever since I installed Windows 8, it's like the soul of my D2X died. It sounds like an onboard soundcard. Exactly the same. To find that out, I enabled it in the bios and connected it to my amp switched back and forth between onboard and xonar d2x, while listening with Sennheiser HD580. Only ASIO seems to sound better, but wasapi: it's like Windows just skips certain components of the d2x that made the sound so great in win7.

    Do other people have this also? Must I tweak something, or should I return to win7?




    • catalin26 Apr 2013 @ 23:00

      This happens with any driver version ? I have Essence ST and it may actually happen to it too...I didn't tested the Win 8 to see how it sounds..I have the latest Unixonar 1.70 installed...


  4. Paul26 Apr 2013 @ 19:18

    Sorry for this question, I don't know if it's better to post here or in the Alexa Mods: Is it possible to apply a custom equalization to a single channel or a pair of channels? For example apply an equalization to Center only or L+R or Ls+Rs? I'm asking this because there are some 5.1 audio systems (the most famous case is the Edifier S550) that have a weird way of bass management. Basically not all channels in the system have the same bass management. In the Edifier case, L+R have the right bass management, but C and Ls+Rs have a bad bass management. All the bass frequency are not redirected to the LFE channel, but highly attenuated. Dialogues from C channel seems 'weak', without depth and so all the effects that comes from C or Ls+Rs. Considering this, a 'counter-equalization' on the C+Ls+Rs channels only that enhance the bass frequencies can potentially 'fix' the hardware problem. The EQ in the C-Media panel obviously is applied to all the channels, but maybe the mods here knows a way to strictly apply it to specific channel. Thank you VERY much!


  5. catalin26 Apr 2013 @ 23:35

    Just looked on Asus support and things don't look from Driver support perspective:

    Asus DX & other cards:
    Win 7 x64 .. last driver 1794 dated 2011.06.27
    Win 8 X64 .. last driver Beta Version dated 2012.10.02

    and the intersting thing ...

    Xonar Xense
    Win 7 x64 .. last driver 1794 dated 2011.06.28
    win 8 x64 .. last driver 1795 dated 2013.03.05 !!!! ... is this a bug ? And is not rated Beta

    So... The catch of this is for "old" cards except Phoebus the support win 8 is in beta for many months 7 months and support for win 7 is almost 2 years old...

    I looked on Auzentech site that sells X-meridian 7.1 2g ...Same C-media chipset 8788 like on my card and their latest driver is like this
    For Win 8 x64 and 32bit
    ใ†Release Date: 01/2013

    For win 7 x64 and 32bit
    ใ†Release Date: 09/01/2011

    Maybe the Cmedia is the problem and not Asus or Auzentech ...Looking on their site i see this:

    CMI8788 Windows 7 CMI8788 driver for Windows 7 8.17.93 2011-05-06 Download
    CMI8788 Windows 8 CMI8788 driver for Windows 8 1.01 2012-11-23 Download

    For windows 7 the support was dropped from 2011 ? So i suppose we will not see any driver 179X for that OS anymore.. (1795 looks the last one on Asus Xense but the date is weird)..And auzen used Cmedia default version for their 2g Meridian 788-1.01_W8-CR and Win 8...Even buying from Auzentech seems lack of support bigtime...I do semll C-MEDIA support problems here...
    I wait your guys opinions...


    • CarvedInside27 Apr 2013 @ 01:15

      Xense Win8 driver version is either a typo or a different driver branch than the ones previously used for Xense, but this is not important at all because 1818 drivers(which are newer than Xense 1795) are working fine with Xense .
      Asus and every other C-media partner are to lazy to copy-paste the new Win7 driver & release it, C-media never stopped making them. Xonar DG SI has included the Win7 updated drivers. There is another thing, Win8 drivers are 100% the same with Win7 drivers.

      C-media rarely updates their drivers from their download page. But they do make updated drivers available for their partners. 1818 audio drivers from the 1.70 Uni Xonar driver package is made by C-media, but you don't see 1818 drivers on their page, do you? What they have on their page are something like version 1808.

      If you've installed UNi Xonar 1.64 drivers, even on your Win7 you've already gone past the 179x driver, you have installed 1815 audio drivers!
      Regarding beta, the truth is that C-media drivers are always in beta, the fact that they have a beta tag or not, has little to do with the quality or number of bugs these might have.


  6. Wassup28 Apr 2013 @ 05:24

    Hey Carved, I'm just wondering what is the best way to get dolby home theatre v4 on my xonar dg (i.e. which version of unified to install).


  7. Christoph Leipold28 Apr 2013 @ 18:50

    Hey Carved, will Uni Xonar v1.71 be released today? Thanks for info and thanks for great work as ever!


    • MasterFaster28 Apr 2013 @ 23:03

      He will release them, when they are ready. Don't force him, show patience.


      • CarvedInside28 Apr 2013 @ 23:26

        I guess people are in a dilemma , either to upgrade to 1.70 or to wait for 1.71.


      • Christoph Leipold29 Apr 2013 @ 00:52

        Hey calm down bro! I am follow and respect the work from Carved and this project from the first day and i ever be patient. I am also very thankful and respecting the good and hard work from Carved and I also very respect ur contributions to the project MasterFaster. Thats why please dont be that harsh. I am not forcing anyone to anything and I know that driver comes when its ready but I only wanted to know the future plans or a look in future when it maybe will released. Sorry for the way i asked, maybe it was a bit misleading and smb can be feel forced by it in some ways. Again thanks for the good work and i am totally patient!!! Believe me that Asus forced me to learn to be more as patient. ๐Ÿ˜‰


        • CarvedInside29 Apr 2013 @ 21:41

          I hope my smile from the comment above wasn't misinterpret, as is not an approval for harsh responses.


    • CarvedInside28 Apr 2013 @ 23:18

      Not today. Unfortunately it may take some time because I am trying to fix some things in the driver cleaning module and I am currently stuck. I don't know when the drivers will be ready.


      • Christoph Leipold28 Apr 2013 @ 23:47

        Thanks for the info! Great news! Looking forward to the new version. I am running 1.70 and it works fine but as the driver is some months newer i am interested to check it out. Thanks again!


  8. ThrtsFrmABrogrammer (@BrogrammerThrts)30 Apr 2013 @ 04:16

    Hey Man, love these drivers, but there appears to be a bug that keeps a system from going to sleep. I have an Essence STX and am running the latest 1.71 drivers. With SPDIF output enabled and set to DDL, the audio card is holding a wake request open to the OS, preventing sleep mode. If I do PCM, the wake request isn't present. This is on Win7 x64 and it was doing this in the 1.70 drivers as well. It's not a big deal, I just have to remember to disable SPDIF output or else my system never sleeps.


    • CarvedInside30 Apr 2013 @ 20:53

      I am not sure if I can do anything about it but I will investigate this issue. I need more details if you can offer. Does it not go into standby after the predefined time and/or when you press Standby from Start->shutdown options. Are you using normal Standby(S1) or Suspend-to-RAM(S3-where system almost fully powers down). Which power plan have you set?
      Are you using Asus Audio Center or Cmedia Panel? Have you tried this with other drivers than 1.70 and 1.71?

      I will check things myself, but it would be great if you can try the following situations and report the results: try the drivers with Cmedia Panel if you haven't done so, and try with "Power Saver" power plan.
      Thank you.


      • ThrtsFrmABrogrammer (@BrogrammerThrts)01 May 2013 @ 00:55

        It's S3 and I am using the C-Media Panel (GX Enabled). Here is the installsettings.cfg:

        SelectedCard=Xonar Essence STX

        I can manually enter standby and it doesn't wake up until I interact with the keyboard, so that seems ok. I've been using your drivers for at least 3 months now, with periodic updates, but not entirely sure on versions. I'll go back to earlier versions and see if they also keep a request open. I don't see where I can select the Power Saver plan, is that part of the install process or would be under one of the tabs in the C-Media panel?


        • CarvedInside01 May 2013 @ 02:02

          "Power saver" option in Control Panel->Power Options in Windows, its not part of the drivers.
          Are you using a program to monitor the wake requests?


          • ThrtsFrmABrogrammer (@BrogrammerThrts)01 May 2013 @ 02:08

            Using the balanced plan, but I've altered it slightly. I've disabled wake timers and my NIC to prevent it WOL. Display goes off after 5 mins, sleep in 15. I wrote a batch file that execs the following powercfg commands in an elevated command prompt:

            powercfg -waketimers
            powercfg -requests

            It redirects the output to a file on my HD. Then I set up the scheduler to run it every 5 minutes. The scheduler is set to not prevent the system from sleeping, nor is it set to wake the system up.

            Batch File:
            @echo off
            For /f "tokens=2-4 delims=/ " %%a in ('date /t') do (set mydate=%%c-%%a-%%b)
            For /f "tokens=1-2 delims=/:" %%a in ("%TIME%") do (set mytime=%%a%%b)

            echo. >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log
            echo %mydate%_%mytime% >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log

            echo REQUESTS: >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log
            powercfg -requests >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log

            echo WAKETIMERS: >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log
            powercfg -WAKETIMERS >> C:\%mydate%_sleep.log


          • ThrtsFrmABrogrammer (@BrogrammerThrts)01 May 2013 @ 04:26

            Ok, so I went installed the following versions and still see the wake request the first version I know I installed was v1.64. That's version I have installed on a 2nd PC using a Xonar D1, which does not have the issue:

            Here is the wake request:
            C:\>powercfg -requests

            [DRIVER] ASUS Xonar Essence STX Audio Device (PCI\VEN_13F6&DEV_8788&SUBSYS_835C1
            An audio stream is currently in use.



  9. rankena30 Apr 2013 @ 12:54

    Good work Carv.Thank you.


  10. mrrshal01 May 2013 @ 07:08

    Hello! I am using X2D with Tiamat7.1 headset, can anyone advice me about what is optimal LFE level for this headset?


  11. Bruno Ferreira03 May 2013 @ 04:37

    CarvedInside, with the latest release, the problems I previously mentioned are fixed (Xonar D2X):

    - Installation/cleanup works perfectly now
    - C-Media panel no longer crashes when closing.

    However, there's one that still persists that I haven't mentioned before - I have no idea if it's fixable.

    SPDIF monitoring doesn't work. I've tried several combinations of sample rates and output types. Fiddled with all the controls I could find, even switched to the Asus Converter in the Windows sound panel, etc. What's funny is that the sound meter bar in the C-Media Panel does highlight correctly with the signal coming in. Yet enabling monitoring on it does... nothing ๐Ÿ™‚

    SPDIF *passthrough* does work, but that's not very useful to me, as what I was looking for was to have my SPDIF in mixed with the rest of the usual output.

    Also, I have left a donation for your work over the years. Have some beer and pizza on me.


    • CarvedInside03 May 2013 @ 22:18

      I'm happy to hear that the problems you've had before are gone and that the fixes and improvements I've made are working. Thanks for sharing this:)

      This SPDIF monitoring issue, if you've tried in the past has it ever worked for you with older drivers? How have you enabled Monitoring, did you enable it on microphone when SPDIF output is enabled ? I'm not sure something can be done about it, I will check things out.

      Thank you for the donation. Its much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • Bruno Ferreira05 May 2013 @ 19:40

        After further testing, I found out that SPDIF monitoring does work, but only if you're using the analog outputs.

        Doesn't work with SPDIF output (PCM, Dolby, DTS, or anything else) - only in passthrough mode.

        This does sound like something that's probably a bit too internal to the driver for you to be able to fix, though. Over the different driver versions SPDIF has always been random - it works, it doesn't, monitoring works, doesn't (with massive jitter / distortion), ASIO+SPDIF doesn't work most of the time, etc etc.


        • CarvedInside06 May 2013 @ 21:26

          I see. Thanks for the details. Will see if there is something to be done.
          While using ASIO I don't think monitoring will work even when using analog outputs.


  12. propheticus03 May 2013 @ 19:24

    Using 1.71 now. Haven't had any problems and works great, thanks.

    I took the time to make you a custom icon spelling UNi. Take a look: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7wmiLBvH-ieVUotVkprcG9rOEE/edit?usp=sharing

    LE: wops, that was the wrong one. this was the icon I meant: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7wmiLBvH-ieZjY4aER6NVhoWFk/edit?usp=sharing


    • CarvedInside03 May 2013 @ 22:50

      Thanks for sharing your feedback.

      Wow , I am impressed. I definitely love it, both of them. The concept really fits UNi Xonar drivers, it fits so good that I am a little jealous that I didn't come with it first :))
      I will use it (at least) for the drivers package and in the UNi installer. I might do some small changes , I would try changing the "I" to little "i", and use a more colorful blue (for the 2nd). I can do those myself. When you think you are finished, if you aren't now, please send me the icons (different concepts,ico,pngs or psd, whatever do have) via e-mail or post them on gdrive.
      Terrific work. Thank you!

      BTW: Do you have a gallery of other things you've worked on, I will like to check it out.


      • propheticus04 May 2013 @ 00:09

        You've got mail.


        • propheticus07 May 2013 @ 17:11

          For those who are interested, here's my final icon version: http://tiny.cc/w2vpww
          To use it as your icon for the Cmedia panel, you'll need to use resource hacker* to replace the icon groups (129 and 5081) inside CmiCnfgp.dll (found in windows\system32 or windows\SysWOW64).
          *:Use it at your own risk and only when you know what you are doing.


  13. -=WolverinE=-03 May 2013 @ 20:13

    Greetings, Carved! I have some bad news to share - the latest driver (UNi Xonar 1821 v1.71) is the first one I have problems with! The digital signature bypass is not working apparently, because the device won't start due to the unverified driver. All versions I've installed so far had no such issues. I tried ticking on and off the bypass option in the installer, but it's no use...the card won't start. I'm using v1.70 now so if you have any tips I'll appreciate it!


    • CarvedInside03 May 2013 @ 23:03

      Hey! Hmm.. Strange. Might be some problems with the digital signature bypass module, but that should not be the problem with your card (if its the STX).
      With your card, you should not need that option and/or test mode. Try this: Uninstall the current drivers, disable test mode if you don't need it for something else, reboot in safe mode and install 1.71 drivers from there and without "digital signature bypass option" . More details about how to boot into safe mode are at here at Possible solution 2. Alternatively you can check Possible Solution 1 if Possible solution 2 didn't worked. Let me know if it worked or not, and tell me your current OS.


      • MasterFaster04 May 2013 @ 10:40

        As CarvedInside said the digital signature should be valid, as the stx inf is included in the .cat files of the driver.

        Like CarvedInside said, I would recommend to uninstall the driver and install Uni Xonar v1.71 in safe mode.

        I had a similar problem in the past and I solved it by installing the driver (only) manually, through device manager. Then I could run the setup an install the driver pack without problems.


  14. Curious_George04 May 2013 @ 18:43

    I am interested to know if your drivers will help with my issue. Im wanting my D2X to send music into a paltalk room while allowing me to talk at the same time. From extensive research, it seems the stereo mix should do this but I cannot get the card to send the music, I can only pick it up with the mic. Im using the S/PDIF out and connected to an audio receiver. I will send the music from the card to the room when i set it to wave but when its on wave i can not talk. I have enabled stereo mix in windows 7 but it doesnt appear to be working. Any ideas or suggestions?


    • CarvedInside04 May 2013 @ 19:13

      Well, you should try the drivers. As stated in the UNi Xonar features: "Includes the most up to date audio drivers available, which occasionally fix long time issues or bugs. You would have to wait literally years and sometimes forever for getting an up to date driver directly from ASUS, Cmedia, Auzentech, HTOmega or Razer.". And there are other reasons why it could work with UNi Xonar and not with the current drivers you have installed, but I can't say that it will work or not, you will have to try the drivers. Just make sure you uninstall your current drivers.

      LE: Let us know what the results are.


      • Curious_George04 May 2013 @ 21:14

        ok. I uninstalled the original drivers. installed unidrivers and still no luck with stereo mix. I was able to get stereo mix to actually show working when I set the xonar to headphones, but then there was no sound coming out of the headphones and the mic would not work. Could it be that I just havent figured out completely how to tell the card to do what I want....? any tips or suggestions will be appreciated.


        • CarvedInside05 May 2013 @ 21:23

          Might be a bug because of SPDIF output. If you are able to use analog connection with speakers/system, try with it instead.


  15. MasterFaster05 May 2013 @ 09:30

    New Win8 drivers are out for Xonar HDAV1.3 and Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe

    I forgot to say that the included driver is version (02/20/2013). It also has AsusAudioCenter (but I don't know if it is a custom build or if they just renamed the .exe)



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