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T0M028 Feb 2020 @ 12:58
what could be causing that Dolby Digital Live will stop working and Speakers (as output device) isn't playing any sound ?
(I have Xonar STX, driver v1821, Win10 build 1909)
I'll start from beginning:
Week ago I build my new workstation, then installed Win10 (build 1909) and every driver. Problem was that sound/music worked only when I choose S/PDIF Pass-through device not via Speakers.
So I tried following: different versions of UniXonar drivers (even official from Asus website), update/downgrade BIOS, different slot for Xonar STX card, unplug unnecessary devices, install older Win10 build 1809, install OS on SSD instead of NVMe drive and nothing worked, except one thing.
I took and physically inserted my NVMe drive and Xonar STX card in my old workstation, installed OS, driver for Xonar STX, took and plug the drive and soundcard back in my new workstation and IT WORKED. I was able to play sounds/music via Speakers device not via S/PDIF pass-through. Till yesterday... -_-
I'm really frustrated, currently it is seventh day that I'm dealing with this issue and I don't know what to do next.
Driver version is correct, Xonar STX card and motherboard are compatible, because it worked for a while,
so I assume there is something in Windows blocking or preventing to launch some service or program related to Xonar STX.
Any help would be much appreciated.
PS:I downloaded xonar relay restart 0.1 program but still nothing...
CarvedInside03 Mar 2020 @ 02:00
1. Do you see any light coming out of the SPDIF connector when the sound output does not work and how have audio playing?
2. How about when using the SPIDF Pass-through output device?
3. Does the the analog output work when SPDIF (Speakers) does not?
4. Maybe there is a setting you changed somewhere or a specific program that is running when SPDIF Speakers does not work.
5. Here is something you could try. Download SPDIFSwitchA. Close any audio sources. Extract the downloaded file, run "disable SPDIFSwitchA.exe" and then run "restart card.exe". If card clicks your good to go, if it does not then restart your PC. Is audio through SPDIF (Speakers) working now?
6. If it does not, go to Windows Sound (right-click on Windows Volume tray icon-> Sounds or if missing type in Windows search: "change system sounds"), go to Playback tab, select SPIDF Pass-through (ASUS Xonar...) device and disable it. Is audio through SPDIF (Speakers) working now?
If possible solutions no. 5 and 6 do not work, do the opposites to restore the original settings.
CarvedInside14 Mar 2020 @ 01:41
It would be nice to know if anything I've previously written helped or if you found a solution.
T0M011 Sep 2020 @ 01:37
Hello, sorry for my very late reply.
I didn't try what you wrote above, after more than week of frustration and many hair loss I decided to buy new sound card SoundBlaster AE-7, which works perfectly and DolbyDigital works too.
Anyway, thank you for your time and tips, maybe they will help someone else.
Felicity11 Sep 2020 @ 02:03
how would you rate it compared to onbaord or what you had from xonar? I have been interested in finding something new just because this xonar i have is getting rather old, as nice as it is
Etrabon07 Mar 2020 @ 12:59
I have a Xonar D2X card on Windows 1909 on a x570 motherboard.
Whenever I install the drivers for the card my pc just restarts and after booting up it still is displayed as just an audio controlller in the device manager.
I tried the drivers from the asus support page and the 1.81a r2 drivers. Same result. The asus audio center did install and it just says that it can't find a card.
Is there anything I can do?
CarvedInside07 Mar 2020 @ 22:51
Which X570 motherboard do you have? Is the card properly detected in UNi Xonar installer?
You should check "ASUS Xonar cards and AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboards compatibility report" and the possible solutions presented there. Please let me know if any of those work or not for you.
Etrabon08 Mar 2020 @ 14:47
It was properly detected by the uni xonar installer as xonar d2x. I have a x570 STRIX-E board from ASUS. I will try those solutions. Thanks for the help, I'll comment again if need be.
ChrisThorne12 Mar 2020 @ 19:36
Every now and again (between 5 and 30 minutes) all of my audio starts stuttering really badly. If I switch the sample rate it instantly stops the stuttering. I couldn't find anybody reporting the same thing.
CarvedInside13 Mar 2020 @ 01:48
1. From where do you switch the sample rate (ASUS Audio Center, XonarSwitch, Windows Sound->"Playback devices" )?
2. Which sample rate are you using?
3. To fix the stuttering you switch the sample rate to another setting and back to the original setting?
4. Since when you started having this behavior? Did you do any hardware or software changes just before this issue appearing?
5. Your complete Windows version according to this guide.
6. Your audio card and driver version.
7. Your CPU, motherboard, video card.
Jybreak21 Mar 2020 @ 17:39
I am using a Xonar DGX card
Driver version 188.8.131.523.on Win10 1909 on MSI motherboard B360M-PRO-VDH
I started to get an error after exiting sleep mode.
I checked for integrity in the program and that's what gave me:
On Sat 21.03.2020 17:39:50 your computer crashed or a problem was reported
crash dump file: C:\WINDOWS\MEMORY.DMP
This was probably caused by the following module: cmudaxp.sys (0xFFFFF80394DB7DDD)
Bugcheck code: 0xD1 (0x0, 0x2, 0x0, 0xFFFFF80394DB7DDD)
file path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\cmudaxp.sys
product: C-Media Audio Driver (WDM)
company: C-Media Inc
description: C-Media Audio WDM Driver
Bug check description: This indicates that a kernel-mode driver attempted to access pageable memory at a process IRQL that was too high.
This bug check belongs to the crash dump test that you have performed with WhoCrashed or other software. It means that a crash dump file was properly written out.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: cmudaxp.sys (C-Media Audio WDM Driver, C-Media Inc).
Google query: cmudaxp.sys C-Media Inc DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
CarvedInside22 Mar 2020 @ 08:21
Try with v1.71.1, v1.75a, v1.81a UNi Xonar drivers. Also try installing them with "Low DPC Latency" or "C-Media Panel" configuration. Let me know if any of those worked.
steffmeister22 Mar 2020 @ 13:39
So, Unified drivers now makes iCUE.exe (Corsairs keyboard app) crash on system shutdown. Any fix for this?
CarvedInside23 Mar 2020 @ 20:28
1. By "now" you mean it worked before and just recently it started not working?
2. Did you update iCUE recently or do you know if it was automatically updated recently (check create date of the .exe file)?
3. How do you know it's because of the UNi Xonar drivers?
4. Which UNi Xonar drivers do you have installed and have tried?
5. Which panel configuration have you selected during install?
6. Do you have any more details you can provide about the error you get with iCUE?
Mike30 Mar 2020 @ 18:33
Recently I compared the official drivers for the xonar d1 vs. unixonar 1.75a r3. Pc connected to the denon hifi kit with an analog cable. I read that there should be no difference in sound between the official and unixonar drivers, but I will present my conclusions and it is not a placebo effect because the same feelings were felt by people around me:
official drivers Version 184.108.40.2063 for win10 - linear sound, a bit muffled but you can feel nice midrange tones
unixonar 1.75a r3 - bass and treble seem conquered, midrange withdrawn. The whole sounds more effective, but I don't know if it's better.
I have temporarily stayed with the official drivers, if they will cause problems, I will check how the newer versions of unixonar behave.
Please explain if something has been changed while modifying official drivers to unixonar version. Can the introduced corrections in the drivers influence the sound of the card on the output to some extent?
Case30 Mar 2020 @ 20:31
(Unless it was a blind test (preferrably double blind), you really cannot say it is not placebo, regardless of how many people experienced it.)
Mike30 Mar 2020 @ 22:38
Tested UNi Xonar 1816/1821 v1.71.1 and its is for me the best version. Now for a few days I will check if there are any errors when using them
CarvedInside05 Apr 2020 @ 19:10
Some people claimed better sound quality with UNi Xonar drivers, I am not sure if they've compared them with ASUS original drivers with the same audio driver version. Anyway, in ASUS drivers the cards sample rate is set (or was set) to 96kHz. If you would not manually change this to 44.1kHz, just like UNi Xonar drivers do by default, you would definitely have a much worse sound quality output.
The only way to know for certain is if some differences show up in objective benchmarks like with RMAA.
Over the years I did RMAA tests between various drivers and configurations, I never observed significant differences between any them.
Now, to be certain that there weren't small incremental changes that could amount to something significant between 1.71.1 and 1.80a for example I would have to compare those 2.
To be certain of the results, I would have to redo these tests with a better loop cable and also use other techniques and things I've discovered to take into account for more accurate results. If I where to redo these tests, I would probably have to also test 1.81a and 1.80b since people also claimed these sound different. Doing these tests would take considerable amount of time. Will see if I'll have some free time that I could put into this.
Are you subscribed to this comment thread or should I e-mail you if I have something?
Lurk01 Apr 2020 @ 10:50
Originally written as a reply to T0M0's comment.
sorry to break in with another question.
for some reason I can't get the speaker test sounds to play in Asus Xonar Center, using latest driver version taken from Asus website.
It always worked before, now for some reason when I press the test sound play button, the left speaker icon turns pink but no test sound plays.
It's a minor nuisance since the speakers are working, but I was wondering why it happened all of a sudden.
I should mention that this problem started ever since I reinstalled Windows10 and decided to install UNiXonar drivers BEFORE trying out the official ones.
CarvedInside01 Apr 2020 @ 10:52
I moved your comment as I don't see how your comment relates to T0M0 comment. Please only reply to comments that relate to what your about to write. If you have a different thing you want to discuss, use the comment form at the end of the comments to write a new comment.
1. You have this problem both with latest ASUS drivers for your card and with UNi Xonar drivers?
2. Which Xonar card do you have?
3. Tell me your Windows 10 version and build number.
4. Have you tried speaker test in Windows Sound (how to)->Playback devices->Speakers ( ASUS Xonar...)->Configure?
My guess is that maybe one of the recent Windows 10 updates broke something.
Lurk04 Apr 2020 @ 08:58
Sorry, my bad. I inadvertently posted my comment in the wrong place without noticing!
Anyway, thanks for getting back to me.
1. The problem is present BOTH with ASUS original drivers and UNi Xonar drivers versions 1.80a r3 and 1.81a r2 (correct procedures were used for installation and uninstallation)
2. Xonar DSX
3. Windows 10 Home 1909
4. Yes, and the speaker test works.
I should mention that this problem has been ALWAYS present for me with 1.80a r3 and 1.81a r2 UNi Xonar drivers since I started using them years ago, the difference being that while I used to get an error message saying something like 'file not present' whenever I tried to play the test sound, this time around the test sound cycle starts with the left speaker, but hangs on the left speaker highlighted without playing any sound and with no error message.
Suddenly the same glitch happens even with the official ASUS drivers whereas with these, the sound test always worked fine.
It might be a coincidence, but this time around I started a fresh Windows installation and installed UNi Xonar drivers first thing.
But then again, it might very well be Windows 10 latest build breaking things.
CarvedInside04 Apr 2020 @ 11:11
Your comment above was initially written as a new comment instead of a reply to the current discussion. For future comments, when replying to an existing discussion use the "Reply" button floating on the right of the comment you are replying to.
If you have UNi Xonar drivers currently installed you can launch C-Media Panel from Start menu-> UNi Xonar Audio-> C-Media Audio Panel, check the speaker test there and let me know how that works.
The issue could be related to the recent versions of the ASUS Audio Center that are included with the latest drivers. Will see if there is something that can be done about this.
Lurk04 Apr 2020 @ 23:13
I'm really sorry for wrecking things havoc on the messaging system here!
Hope I'm getting it right this time around and hanks for your attention nonetheless!
I currently have 1.81a r2 installed and chose the standard version with the Asus Audio Center only, so at the moment I can't check unless the C-Media Panel can be accessed from within the driver installation folder.
As far as I can remember on previous installations though, I'm quite positive I was never able to do any sound test from the C-Media Panel either.
What puzzles me is that suddenly the sound test stopped working using Asus official drivers as well.
I scavenged the registry to see if I was able to find any reference to test-sound files or sound card settings or any driver left-over that would somehow hinder functionality on all successive installations, but I guess my knowledge doesn't reach that far.
Thank you for looking into this!
CarvedInside07 Apr 2020 @ 13:38
It would be a problem only if you've installed the same version of ASUS official drivers that previously worked. But if you've installed an updated version of ASUS official drivers, then it has the same updated components as UNi Xonar drivers with which you have this problem.
What I can say is that I can't replicate this issue with my Xonar DX card and Windows 10 1909. I also tried with a modified ASUS Audio Center that recognized my card as DSX, but this is not 100% the same as if I had a DSX card.
When you do install the drivers with "Low DPC Latency" or "C-Media Panel" configuration and do the tests in C-Media panel, let me know of the results.
Lurk08 Apr 2020 @ 22:01
thanks, will let you know.
as for ASUS drivers, I've always been installing the same version ever since I got the DSX years ago.
it is the only version available on ASUS website for DSX cards on WIn10x64.
The sound test always worked. It stopped all of a sudden, even on a freshly installed OS.
Puzzling to say the least, especially now that you are telling me you can't replicate it (although on conditions which are not matching mine 100%)
Sladenlol11 Apr 2020 @ 03:48
I was using the Uni Xonar drivers 1.64 for the longest time now with an Asus Xonar D2X and an Creative Megaworks 550 5.1 Set and Windows 7 x64 ultimate.
Now ive Updated to 1.80 and the Bass got way weaker with exact Same settings.
I then turned back to 1.64 and Bass is way more powerful and clear.
Why is it like that?
1.80 Has like Bad Bass.
CarvedInside11 Apr 2020 @ 14:11
1. Tell me which settings you've are using (number of channels, number of speakers, other settings you've changed in the Xonar panel).
2. In which situation you test and report that the bass is weaker, listening to music (stereo) or with 5.1 content (movies, games)?
If you can test with those other driver versions and report back how they perform.
Sladenlol11 Apr 2020 @ 16:48
6channels, 5.1, 44,1kHz, flexbass on 80Hz crossover.
While playing resident evil 3 remake i had really nice crisp Bass with 1.64, i Almost shit my pants.
The next Day i installed 1.80 with exact Same settings and now Bass Sounds like from 5$ subwoofer.
Exact Same settings on both drivers.
Now im back to 1.64 and Bass is perfect again.
CarvedInside11 Apr 2020 @ 17:34
What about if you listen to music, if your subwoofer works there, how does that sound?
It could be a change or issue with how FlexBass work in the audio drivers that are included with UNi Xonar v1.80a. Let me know if you get to test the behavior with the other drivers.
LE: Btw, in flaxbass settings did you change any of the speakers sizes?
Sladenlol11 Apr 2020 @ 18:40
Music Sounds weaker with 1.80 also, subwoofer Almost non present.
Speaker size Not changed.
With 1.64 everything Sounds perfect, 1.8 Sounds like i have 5$ subwoofer.
Gonna test more now.
CarvedInside12 Apr 2020 @ 16:35
If you do some tests, try also without FlexBass, see if the difference in bass is only when using FlexBass.
motu8111 Apr 2020 @ 08:51
For my HDAV Slim, in the sound control panel properties for HDAV Slim speakers, there is no supported formats tab, which means I cannot output Dolby/DTS through the HDMI output. Is there a way to fix this?
Seb Aika15 Apr 2020 @ 11:41
Have Asus xonar essence stx, no problem with it for years, and now i have random loud high pitched ringing noise, always no fix ?
If not, what other internal or external soundcard are equivalent today ?
CarvedInside16 Apr 2020 @ 14:27
Before this issue started happening, did you change anything to your system (Windows, motherboard, etc.)?
Check this possible solution and let me know if it worked.
Seb Aika16 Apr 2020 @ 16:01
Thanks for ur reply !
I'm need to put back my audiocard for the test, what i read in "The case of DPC latency" was really interesting, because it seems to me to have noticed that the problem often happened when launching a YT video, or making play / pause, or when an FB video is launched, this kind of thing.
I dont get the problem on windows 7, 4/5 years ago, noticed the problem begin on windows 10, but my father got the same sound card, buyed in the same time, windows 10 too, same drivers, but not the same configuration, but is lucky, he doesn't have this problem.
So yes, i have changed windows, and and i changed the configuration twice (motherboard, graphic card etc ...).
I'm actually with motherboard audio cause i got tinnitus with this random loud noise.
CarvedInside16 Apr 2020 @ 21:41
I noticed the YouTube video being a trigger in different reports. As I said the the discussion I linked previously, the only time I had such a thing was when skipping a video on YouTube. Could be related to DPC latency.
If it's possible, you should test your system's DPC latency during different cases like without the STX (or with it being disabled) with system in idle for lets say 3 min, then with youtube for 3 min, and then the same tests with the STX card being enabled. For each, take screenshots with the LatencyMon->Drivers window and save the text from LatencyMon->Stats window. You can send these to me by e-mail.
For protecting your hearing if you want to actively test the STX, if it's possible set the Windows Volume to 100% and use an amp to control the volume so that the white noise is not much louder than your normal sounds.
You should also read FAQ Q&A 18 for additional info. I want to make a new page for this problem with the new information we have right now and so that we have centralized place for discussing this issue.
Tell me your current configuration (CPU, motherboard, GPU, Windows complete version) and also your fathers PC configuration if you can.
CarvedInside14 May 2020 @ 23:27
I want to let you know I made a dedicated topic with possible solutions and discussions about the loud white noise issue here.
Junglbob17 Apr 2020 @ 18:30
I make new skin for Essence STX Xonar Audio Center, all details and download link in my youtube video >
Phoner03 May 2020 @ 23:43
Download link is dead. Could you please re-upload?
Locust19 Apr 2020 @ 22:59
According to the official Essence STX II 7.1 support page, Asus released a new driver - Version 220.127.116.11 dated 2019/12/25. Browsing files within the update i found that majority of files are dated 2015.
Is it worth upgrading to this driver, since i am running your driver - Win10 UNi Xonar W10 1825 v1.81a r2 1825 / 22-Jun-2016
thanks and best regards
CarvedInside19 Apr 2020 @ 23:20
ASUS just removed the beta tag from previous 2015 driver package. This has the same audio driver as UNi Xonar 1.80b drivers.
Locust22 Apr 2020 @ 22:43
Thank you for the information
mmajstor23 Apr 2020 @ 19:40
What driver to download win 7 64 Xonar dg ssound card ?
Ty in advance.
CarvedInside24 Apr 2020 @ 02:16
Go with 1.80a or 1.75a.
Held25 Apr 2020 @ 11:32
Thank you so much, I was able to bring my Xonar Essence STX sound card back to life after installing Windows 10. The attitude of ASUS towards drivers is terrible.
ssmb21227 Apr 2020 @ 04:14
Edited by admin:
Hi, please help me since I am at the point of insanity.
Recently made a new build. I have a Xonar STX II 7.1.
My previous mobo was Strix x99 Gaming I had same speakers and sound card setup. STX with 3 pairs of Razer Nommo and 1 Soundblaster Katana all connected to analog outputs. I was using the latest drivers from here 1.81, setting system input to 2 output 7.1 192khz. Sound was fine, have been through numerous formats with no issue always same procedure.
My new motherboard is Rampage VI Extreme x299. Same setup of STX and speakers.
I even did a full clean install not connected to the internet and installed audio drivers 1.81 C-panel GX enabled. I do same settings as mentioned.
Here's the problem, the combination of 192khz 7.1 makes all the sound be incredibly delayed so it sounds distorted. It actually slows down media playback itself. A YouTube video will take 3 seconds to play 1 second.
That doesn't happen if it's output 2 192khz or 7.1 44khz, each of these settings get increased in combination the slower the audio plays to the point of maximum distortion at 192+7.1. For example 7.1 96khz the problem will be half the bad. Or 5.1 96 khz etc.
I had it working flawlessly before. Same drivers, same speaker setup, same settings.
I tried clean install after first loving to Windows with several drivers 1.81, 1.80, 1.70 and each of the combinations Default Asus Xonar, Low Latency, C-panel, C-panel with GX. Results exactly the same. Please I'm losing my mind.
Sidenote, if I go to Windows sound manager and change to 192khz and 7.1 speakers all is fine. Ofc that way I get limited 7.1 to only 7.1 content or games that support surround.
CarvedInside27 Apr 2020 @ 08:33
While I understand this problem drives you insane, please take the time to write better. I took the time to correct some of your comment since it was really hard to read. While I understand some things may be harder for you to do, but at least use write the product names how they are originally written or at least capitalize their first letter, and use a comma when enumerating something.
Now to your problem. Update the motherboard BIOS to the latest version and see if the problem is still there.
ssmb21227 Apr 2020 @ 16:22
Apologies wrote this through my phone late at night after hours unending of trying.
Bios is already 3006 had same issue at 2002
CarvedInside28 Apr 2020 @ 00:21
I think the problem is caused by the motherboard. Try plugging the card in some of the other PCIe slots, especially try one of the x16 length slots that's connected to the CPU. Also check if you motherboard BIOS let's you set the PCIe version to Gen1 for the particular slot where the card is plugged, try this for both when the STX II is plugged in a slot that's connected to the CPU and when it's connected to the chipset.
ssmb21229 Apr 2020 @ 02:45
Alright, first of all thank you due to your indications i was able to locate the problem and get rid of it. Thankfully it was not the slots because thew slot thats currently it would be the only available to keep being there due to my setup. So chipset or cpu x4 or x16 had nothing to do (it was running and still is as gen3 on auto btw) but since you indicated the pcie slots i checked other settings on the specific slot/slots. The problem was caused by a very specific power saving setting for me which is "DMI Link ASPM control" When this setting was set to auto or L0 its causing the issue while any of Disabled L1 L0L1 settings are doing fine. I checked and on my old setup it was on auto as well so i presume either it worked differently on my old motherboard either auto meant it did not choose L0. There was about 5 more settings affecting pcie and link power management in that category which was called "Platform Misc Configuration". Hope this information can solve this extremely annoying problem for someone in the future. Once again thank you for your help and suggestions.
CarvedInside30 Apr 2020 @ 01:31
Great. Good thing you've thought of trying those settings. Since that "DMI Link ASPM control" is related to PCH(chipset) and the PCIe slots connected to it, if you had the chance to try the card in a PCIe slot connected to the CPU it probably would have worked, but this way it so much better since you also solve it for other devices that might have been affected. I'm thinking this either they Intel changed the how DMI LInk ASPM control on their X299 chipsets or it's a bug with the ASUS implementation of this feature. I'm inclined to think it's a bug on ASUS part. If you have the time you should probably let ASUS support know of this issue, might solve other issues that owners of the same board might run into. It's also great that you've provided the resolution, it will probably be of help to someone else in the future.
Especially if you haven't donated previously, if you want to compensate me for my involvement and help with this issue, a donation from you would be much appreciated.
FYI I've took the liberty of splitting your comment into 2 pieces. Will respond separately for the questions in other comment.
ssmb21230 Apr 2020 @ 03:26
Forgot to add, yes I already informed Asus for the problem and the solution after their "help" and response afterwards are what you would think of a chat robot... Anyhow thanks once more.
ssmb21230 Apr 2020 @ 01:10
That whole story made me think this card as software and drivers was problematic (outdated/dropped support) out of the box at least in my case. I wonder how much longer i will be able to use it properly even using uni xonar drivers.
Do you have any suggestions maybe? What i would need ideally is a 7.1 3.5mm or RCA output supporting card. Needs to be at least as high end as STX ii or a Halo omega due to the specific sound files that handles. Furthermore would need it to have/support some type of technology to span 7.1 surround sound to video games (modern/big studio releases are almost all handling it by setting 7.1 as speakers output) but for others it would need to run something as such Eax, openal, alchemy, gx. Lastly when feeding 2.0 content to be able to upscale to 7.1 on a basic level (such as using dolby virtual surround) not just reproducing the same sound on 7 speakers but using some basic dolby algorithm to split or enhance different sounds to the rest of the speakers.
Now i know that's a lot to ask for and its barely achievable with the STX II even. I will mention 2 past cards that i had and worked exactly like that.
1. SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro
2. Asus Rog Xonar Phoebus 7.1 (dollby home theater was very handy to use on this one, i wonder if its possible to use it on STXii?)
I have searched myself and the in most "recent" card that i can get with all the features i ask STX ii always comes up as a result but i am wondering maybe you can suggest an alternative thats more "recent" and easier implement to modern systems.
CarvedInside30 Apr 2020 @ 02:11
If Microsoft won't make some drastic change to Windows 10 audio system, your STX II will work fine also in the future and you won't need to buy a different card.
At the moment, the only sound cards that I would consider buying are Creative's AE-7 and AE-9. I don't how well they would work in your particular case and I know they have their problems, but since these are recent cards they have a good chance of being supported longer, and since this is Creative's main business I think there is a higher chance of them better supporting the cards compared to their competition.
ssmb21230 Apr 2020 @ 03:03
I check3d both as AE-5 as well very respectable id say hardware wise seem to be superior to stx?!? Problem is they support 5.1 max outputs. Anyways thank you for your help keep up the good work!!
CarvedInside30 Apr 2020 @ 05:25
I think Creative AE-5 is below an ASUS Xonar STX and STX II cards. But I think both AE-7 and AE-9 are above.
Yeah, you're right about the max 5.1 output. Didn't noticed that as I was not interested in a 7.1 configuration so I overlooked that. Let's hope you won't have to change the audio card until other options that fit your use case are available. Personally, at this point I don't like the other options that are currently available.
One problem that you might run into with the STX II is if you where to upgrade to a AMD Ryzen AM4 or AMD Threadripper system. I suppose you've seen the dedicated page I made about this.
ssmb21202 May 2020 @ 01:10
Yes seen that im always going with intel so im safe i guess.
Thanks for the help once again.
Case30 Apr 2020 @ 05:55
I got the Sound Blaster X3 a few months back to basically replace my kinda convoluted audio setup which included the Xonar, and I'm pretty happy with it. Super XFi surround in particular is just mindbogglingly good IMO.
The only real issue I have with it is the fact it can only use one input at a time, even including monitoring, so you can't for example monitor microphone and line input at the same time, let alone record. But then again the Xonar had a noticeable latency on its inputs in Windows, so it wasn't really usable either for example for playing/monitoring guitar.