1. Jik08 Nov 2016 @ 00:14

    I haven't heard anyone discuss this but how do I fix audio glitching? If a process plays audio and it is terminated in task manager, the audio drivers will freak out and constantly (and annoyingly) play the same audio frame until the computer is restarted. Enabling and disabling the audio drivers doesn't fix this. I am running Windows 7 and it did this on Windows 10 too.

    I am currently programming something in C++ that involves the usage of an audio library and when the process itself is force closed the audio will freak out when currently playing something. To further prove that it's the fault of the driver or ASUS device, it does not happen on any other computer that is running a different audio card.
    And this doesn't apply only to my program, it applies to any application that has audio such as games.

    Any suggestions or fixes?


    • Jik08 Nov 2016 @ 22:58

      Well I just solved the issue. Disable GX.

      ->Audio Center -> bottom right GX button

      Don't even know what GX is and it's enabled by default. Turning it off doesn't seem to affect audio quality but fixes audio glitching. Why is this enabled by default? Please fix that in a future update.


      • Falcon09 Nov 2016 @ 01:31

        GX is emulated EAX. Ya, it's a good fix - to disable it. Because voice stucks on xonars ;//


      • CarvedInside09 Nov 2016 @ 21:49

        Which audio card do you have? Which driver version did you install?


        • Jik09 Nov 2016 @ 22:36

          Xonar DGX.

          I installed 1.75a and 1.64 because they were labelled as "recommended" and "stable". I never bothered to try 1.80a but now that I have GX is disabled by default.


          • CarvedInside10 Nov 2016 @ 21:03

            I'm sorry, I should have updated the 1.75a and 1.64 driver packages to avoid this problem. I will take care of it. Thanks for the feedback.


  2. RyperX09 Nov 2016 @ 16:47

    Hey guys,

    i have a Question i am using a Xonar D1 and i think about to get an DAC/AMP.
    The problem is i wanna use the Dolby Headphone feature on the DAC. Is it possible to use the feature with the DAC?


  3. Roope Kiviniemi16 Nov 2016 @ 08:43

    Hi! I ordered Xonar DGX to replace my crappy unboard audio. I'm running Windows 10 latest build. So which driver version is most recommendet to use?


  4. Boli18 Nov 2016 @ 01:11

    Hello guys,
    I have a quastion. Can Dolby Digital live output DD ex format? For example if I watch a movie with a DTS-ES track (driver set to 8 channels), and I use Dolby Digital Live to transcode the audio stream into DD will the driver creat a DD ex stream? Will it actually use that extra 2 matrixed channel?


  5. xtrm22 Nov 2016 @ 23:14

    UNi Xonar 1814/1818 v1.70 seems to be the stable one for me, later drivers seems to have a bug where Windows System sound are disabled while you are playing games. I can reproduce the issue everytime in my system. In 1.70 the issue never happens. I have been struggling my mind over 3 days to guess what the issue could be and it was the driver version.

    Btw thank you for the drivers and the support, they are awesome! 🙂


    • CarvedInside23 Nov 2016 @ 21:15

      Please give us details like which card do you have, your OS, if you've tried all the newer drivers up to 1.80a, which output are you using (analog or digital). If you can clarify as to which sounds aren't working. Thank you.


  6. VaJJ27 Nov 2016 @ 00:41

    I have a Xonar DX with 5.1 speakers, and i'm using 1.80a drivers. I've installed C-media Panel.
    However, I can't get my subwoofer to work and i can't find any solutions online. I know that my speakers are ok since i tested them on a diferent setup. Center speaker is working fine as well.


    • CarvedInside28 Nov 2016 @ 11:54

      Hello. Which OS do you have? Does subwoofer work in speaker test? In which situation is the subwoofer not working, in 5.1 content(games,movies) or stereo upmixed content (music)?


  7. Kahbrohn27 Nov 2016 @ 17:14


    First off, thank you for your time and obvious support to an otherwise "dead" driver development/update schedule by the manufacturer. As good as your divers seem, I'd almost say that this was a manufacturers plan to take over the world by 3rd. party developers like you! Great work and a job VERY well done!

    Now, on to my issues. I am somewhat new to this. I am a gamer and a music lover (although not a full fledged audiophile). I have this issue on my DGX card in which I have everything installed and all seems to work properly. But I am encountering an issue in which if I am using Foobar with Xonar ASIO (64) (or ASIO4ALL V2 for that matter), if I hit the "Next Track" button, the song will change but I lose sound. So far I can regain my audio by simply switching back and forth between sample rates. This happens in the stock drivers (used before discovering Uni Xonar) and in Uni Xonar as well. So I am believing that it is either something related to the drivers themselves or my Windows 10 setup (all updated).

    Also, but I am lacking enough data on this issue, while playing a game for an extended period in full screen windowed mode the driver seems to switch the audio channel on its own. I see this in the ASUS Audio Center. This has happened to me twice in about 4 hours of play when using my headset (front panel) in that it suddenly loses audio and when I look at the ASUS Audio Center, I see that I am on some other channel (usually speakers) without my doing anything to change the channels up like that. I am suspecting maybe some sort of key sequence or something but as I mentioned, no ideas.

    I have read quite a bit here on your site but I have not been able to hit on anything that is helping me so far. I am sure that I am missing something (maybe a lack of understanding of a term?) in what I am reading. I thank you in advance for any assistance in this matter.

    BTW… am using the 1.80a driver.


    • Kahbrohn28 Nov 2016 @ 12:12

      UPDATE: I have done something in that now I am no longer seeing the first issue (sound loss + sample rate switching to resolve). The only thing I remember doing was switching back and forth between the two ASIO drivers that I have available to me (ASIO4ALL and Xonar DGX ASIO 64). I left it on the Xonar ASIO ("stock") driver. I have not experienced my second issue yet but I have not been gaming (online) as long either. Will continue to check. Is there a config file or logcat somewhere with my present settings that I can save or print out as a reference?


    • CarvedInside28 Nov 2016 @ 12:42

      Hello. For the ASIO playback issue, you should check with WASAPI playback output. WASAPI offers the same quality as ASIO and might not have the bug. If you don't want to use the WASAPI playback instead of ASIO, you should remove ASIO4ALL and also try with 1.75a and 1.80b drivers. The issues might be related to Windows 10 as Windows 10 and it's updates brought a lot of issues that where never there with previous Windows OSes.

      Regarding the automatically changing channels while gaming issue. There aren't any global hotkeys for ASUS Audio Center settings.
      If you get the issue you should reinstall the drivers with Low DPC Latency(and exit ASUS Audio Center after you use it) or C-Media Panel and see if you still get the issue. Also try with 1.75a and 1.80b drivers.

      Sometimes getting everything to run smoothly with Xonar cards take time and effort and it's not always possible.


      • Kahbrohn28 Nov 2016 @ 13:24

        Thanks for the quick response. I will try as suggested and yes, I do agree, W10 is somewhat troublesome about running things. Getting things to run smoothly does take time. Fix one thing and something else pops up. But, at the end of it all, you do get a fully working product!


  8. Dennis Burgett28 Nov 2016 @ 19:28

    I get a loud snap when switching from 2 speakers to headphones in Analog Out and also when switching any of the sample rates. Has this been resolved? I believe I have the latest drivers My sound card is the Xonar Essence STX PCI-E Audio Card, running Windows 10 64 bit, P8Z77-V Premium motherboard.
    Thank you,


    • CarvedInside04 Dec 2016 @ 22:25

      Hello. A low volume snap when changing some of the settings is considered normal. As for a loud snap, I don't know what could be the issue. Try using C-Media Panel or XonarSwitch to change the cards settings and see if with those you don't get the issue.


  9. ThundyCat01 Dec 2016 @ 17:43

    Hi I have moved over to the latest drivers as the offical ASUS drivers are now dated and I’m trying to cure my intermittent DX issues.

    Sometime when I get to desktop I have no sound and a reboot is required and sometimes when I get to desktop the sound is distorted and buzzing/crackling/hissing! If I go into device manager and disable the card…then readable the DX then the sound is OK.

    Even with your latest build I’m getting the same issues on Win10 64bit (Anniversary updated)


    • CarvedInside04 Dec 2016 @ 21:37

      Hi. Thing you could try:
      1) Check that you cards EEPROM wasn't overwritten.
      2) Make sure the power connector to the card is properly inserted. Sometimes the plastic from the power connector on the card is displaced outerly.
      3) Update motherboard bios.
      4) Try plugging the card in a different PCIe slot.
      5) Install drivers with "Low DPC Latency" or C-Media Panel configuration.
      6) Try other driver versions.


  10. pretzels06 Dec 2016 @ 22:13

    Greetings. I am attempting to make a xonar dx 7.1 card function as 4 distinct stereo outputs for what will ultimately be 4 different zones for a music server.
    In order to get this to work I need some way of exposing these outputs to the system as if they were individual cards, ie virtual sound devices.

    I ran across a comment on a different forum that indicated the uni xonar drivers might be capable of doing this, but have been unable to make it work thus far. Is this correct? I have been able to do this with great success on linux using /etc/asound.conf but have found no equivalent solution for windows. Thanx!

    OS: Win10 x64
    Can't remember uni driver version


    • CarvedInside08 Dec 2016 @ 15:11

      Hello. UNi Xonar drivers are not capable of this. You would need to search some program that allows creating virtual sound devices for Windows. Maybe this could work .
      There is also another way that would work and that is to configure the audio player to output to specific channels. For example foobar2000 along with Channel Mixer can do this. Note that with the Channel Mixer plugin you can output to only 3 instances(6 channels). Maybe there is a more capable plugin out there. If you want me to walk you through configuring foobar2000 with Channel Mixer let me know.


  11. rBose08 Dec 2016 @ 15:16

    Weird issue I've encountered on my W10 x64 machine ( xonar d2/pm, up to date drivers/windows )

    Music playing in the background (browser, was listening to an online radio), had some folders open and was scrolling through some pictures, left the pc for a couple minutes and when I came back and moved the mouse a little bit the audio stuttered/distorted for 1-2 seconds and then it was back to normal, its a 100% repro on my machine as Ive managed to reproduce it everytime.

    Any idea what might be causing this ?


  12. PeZzy10 Dec 2016 @ 07:05

    Is it possible to prevent HsMgr and HsMgr64 from running without messing up the drivers? These seem to cause conflicts with Malwarebytes 3.0. I have an Asus Xonar Essence STX on Windows 10 64-bit.


    • CarvedInside10 Dec 2016 @ 22:18

      Open "Task Manager" go to the Startup tab and disable HsMgr and HsMgr64. Then either restart the system or end the HsMgr and HsMgr64 processes from Task Manager Processes tab.


  13. Frank10 Dec 2016 @ 13:19

    Hi there,
    I stumbled upon your website while searching for the proplem I had after the mighty win10 ani update with my xonar d2x ... the sound was off and only enabled after some sound effects were triggered, but this left half of the sound cut off in the initial second. And also the Asus mixer did not work any longer .. so I just gave this driver a shot and I must say ... THANK YOU !!!!! 🙂
    finally my SPDIF connected device shows always on again and is using the correct speaker configuration again. So far no issues seen, thank you so much!


  14. paul17 Dec 2016 @ 22:51

    Correct settings and suitable drivers for digital using Xonar DG, Windows 10, Yamaha dspA1 5.1 set up.
    Your help would be much appreciated as I am going nuts , basically I want sound coming out of all speakers
    (not for gaming) Netflix/YouTube /audio/etc


    • CarvedInside23 Dec 2016 @ 02:36

      Xonar DG does not have Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect encoding that would allow seamless 5.1 channels S/PDIF output. There is a solution but it is a little bit tricky.

      To play 5.1 sound over S/PDIF output on a Xonar DG or Xonar DGX your content(movies, music) has to be already encoded in Dolby Digital or DTS Audio formats or you must setup realtime DTS encoding with AC3Filter that would only work for some players. You need to use the the "S/PDIF Pass-through Device" which is available as a separate audio device that needs to be set in the video player preferences as the preferred output device. Before you start configuring the player you should test the playback of S/PDIF Pass-through in Windows Volume-> Playback devices-> S/PDIF Pass-through Device (Asus Xonar DG...). I'm not exactly sure how the settings in ASUS Audio Center should look like, if you leave S/PDIF output to PCM or disable it. If you try this please let me know if it worked and which settings you've used.
      Additional settings in the video player settings might be required (look for something like AC3/DTS pass-through S/PDIF).
      For realtime DTS encoding with AC3Filter you can follow this guide to which you need to disable most of the internal filters except DTS (probably). For NetFlix you should see if it allow you to select S/PDIF Pass-through Device as output, if it doesn't then try setting "S/PDIF Pass-through Device" as default playback device in Windows Volume-> Playback devices. There is also a method of making a virtual output device with AC3Filter that you would use instead of "S/PDIF Pass-through Device" that you can view here.

      Other solutions if you can't make it work with S/PDIF Pass-through: 1. Check if the onboard card has Dolby Digital Live support or DTS Connect and use that instead.
      2. Use the card's analog outputs to connect to the receiver.
      3. Buy a card that has Dolby Digital Live or DTS Interactive Encoder (DTS Connect encoding).


      • paul11 Jan 2017 @ 16:51

        thanks for your help ive downloaded one of your drivers and there is a huge difference in sound thanks for spending the time to reply


  15. 534525253119 Dec 2016 @ 03:44

    CarvedInside Dude... Thanks for all your support. Really appreciated! Merry Christmas and a happy new year everyone!



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