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  • Page 1 Xonar DSX 7.1 PCIE Audio card User manual...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Introduction ..................1 Package contents ..............1 System requirements ............1 Specifications summary ............2 Xonar DSX card layout ..............4 Installing the hardware ..............6 Installing the audio card ............6 Connecting to a TV tuner card ..........7 Installing software ................
  • Page 4: Notices

    You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major falure. If you require assistance, please call ASUS Customer Service at 1300 2787 88 or visit us at http://support.asus.com.
  • Page 5: Safety Information

    Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products. Trademarks Xonar and ASUS logo are trademarks of ASUSTek Computer Inc. “Dolby” and “Dolby Digital Live”, “Dolby Pro Logic IIx”, “Dolby Virtual Speaker”, “Dolby Headphone” are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. “DTS” and “DTS CONNECT”, “DTS Interactive”, “DTS Neo: PC”...
  • Page 7: Introduction

    Introduction Package contents • ASUS Xonar DSX PCIE audio card • S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1 • Low profile bracket x1 • Support CD • Quick Start Guide System requirements • One PCIE 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card •...
  • Page 8: Specifications Summary

    Bus Compatibility PCI Express PCI Express v1.0 or above bus compatible Main Chipset Audio Processor ASUS AV200 High-Performance Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit) D-A Converter of Digital Sources: Wolfson WM8776*1 (108dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit) Wolfson WM8776*1 (103dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit) A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Wolfson WM8776*1 (102dB SNR, Max.
  • Page 9 RMAA 6.0.6 RightMark Audio Analyzer utility to easily test the audio quality of the sound card in your PC. Accessories Accessories - Low profile bracket - S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter *Specifications are subject to change without notice. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 10: Xonar Dsx Card Layout

    Xonar DSX card layout Audio ports ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 11 PC system. (To monitor your TV tuner card’s audio from this Aux-In, you must enable the “monitor” function for Aux-In in the Xonar DSX Audio Center‘s recording mixer.) S/PDIF Out header Connects to the graphics card with HDMI support.
  • Page 12: Installing The Hardware

    Touch the metal back or side panel of the computer to avoid static electricity. Remove the chassis cover. Remove the metal bracket from an available PCIE slot for the Xonar DSX audio card. Carefully insert the audio card into the PCIE slot. Ensure the audio card sits properly in place.
  • Page 13: Connecting To A Tv Tuner Card

    Connecting to a TV tuner card If you have a traditional PCIE or PCIE TV tuner card on your PC, you may need to connect it to the Xonar DSX card to send the tuner card’s sound to your PC speakers.
  • Page 14: Installing Software

    Ensure that you have installed the audio card driver before installing the Xonar DSX driver. Otherwise, driver installation error may occur. After you have installed the Xonar DSX card, turn on your computer. Windows automatically detects the audio card and searches for device ®...
  • Page 15: Connecting Speakers And Peripherals

    Connecting speakers and peripherals Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater) The Xonar DSX supports DTS Interactive technology, which transcodes any audio, including games and music, into industry-standard DTS surround bit-streams. This makes playback through your home theater system possible, creating an immersive and impressive cinema surround sound experience.
  • Page 16: Connecting Stereo Headphones

    Connecting stereo headphones 5.2.1 Connecting Stereo Headphones Headphone Out Item Description Front Out/Headphone The Front Out jack has a built-in high-quality amplifier to drive headphones. Connect your stereo headphones directly to this jack. Jack ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 17 Connect the front-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1 headphones into this jack. Side Surround Out Connect the surround-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1 headphone into this jack. Center/Subwoofer Out Connect the Center/Bass-channel 3.5mm plug of your 5.1 headphone into this jack. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 18: Connecting Analog Speaker Systems

    Connects to the “Center” and “subwoofer” input ports of the analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable. Back Surround Out Connects to the “left back” and “right back” input ports of the analog amplifier with the mini-jack to RCA cable. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 19 5.3.2 Connecting 2/2.1 channel speakers 2 Speakers AUDIO INPUTS 2.1 Speakers Item Description Front Out/Headphone Connect the 2/2.1 speaker set’s 3.5mm plug into this Front Out jack. Jack ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 20 4.1 Speakers Item Description Front Out Connects to the Front input port of the 4/4.1 speakers with the mini- jack cable. Side Surround Out Connects to the Surround input port of the 4/4.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 21 Connects to the Surround input port of the 5.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable. Center/Subwoofer Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 5.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable.. 5.3.5 Connecting 6.1/7.1 Channel Speakers 6.1 Speakers Rear Front AUDIO AUDIO INPUTS INPUTS Center/ Side Subwoofer ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 22 Connects to the Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable. Center/Subwoofer Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable. Back Surround Out Connects to the Back Surround input port of the 6.1/7.1 speakers with the mini-jack cable. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 23: Connecting A Microphone

    Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In jack for voice communication, recording, or karaoke. Jack Headphone Jack The Front Out jack has a built-in high-quality amplifier to drive headphones. Connect your stereo headphones directly to this jack. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 24: Connecting Line-In Audio Sources

    Connect the 3.5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any other Line level analog audio sources into this Line-In jack for sound recording or real-time Dolby sound processing through the Monitoring path (See the “Mixer” section of the driver guide). ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 25: Xonar Audio Center

    Programs > ASUS Xonar DSX Audio > Xonar DSX Audio Center. The Xonar Audio Center is the Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the Xonar DSX driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar DSX driver on the Xonar Audio Center. The following picture shows a basic overview of the Xonar Audio Center.
  • Page 26 Item Description Support link Clicking this button will open the ASUS official website. Display Area This display area shows the 10-band signal meter, volume level, and the status of the Dolby/DTS technologies, EQ, and DSP modes. *This area displays information, but is not used to change settings.
  • Page 27: Main Setting

    The sample rate determines the number of audio samples per second that the Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and S/PDIF digital interface will output. The Xonar DSX card can support sample rates up to 192KHz (44.1K, 48K, 96K, 192KHz). Audio CDs and MP3 files are typically at 44.1KHz; DVD-Video uses 48KHz;...
  • Page 28 2 speakers (or 2.1), 4 speakers (or 4.1), 5.1 speakers, 7.1 speakers, Front Panel Headphone and Front Panel 2 speakers (or 2.1). Xonar DSX will play the channels and process the proper 3D/DTS sound accordingly. Select the correct speaker type for your connected speakers.
  • Page 29 6.2.3 SPDIF Out / DTS Interactive Xonar DSX is capable of producing DTS Interactive audio, which is audio transcoded real-time into industry-standard DTS Digital bit-streams on-the-fly. This is ideal for playback through a home theater system, creating an immersive and impressive cinema surround sound experience.
  • Page 30 - MP3, WMA, AAC, CD, VCD, 2D games => 2 channels - DVD-Video with Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 => 6 channels - DVD-Video with Dolby Digital EX or DTS ES => 8 channels - 3D games => 8 channels ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 31 Drag speaker or You can drag each speaker or listener to a different position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar DSX card will process the sound listener and reposition the virtual speakers real-time. The Subwoofer does not emit directional sounds, and hence can be moved only closer to or further away from the listener.
  • Page 32 Music Mode Music mode is the default mode for regular music playback. In this mode, you can adjust the Center Width and Dimension parameters. Movie Mode Movie mode is a preset optimized for movie audio. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 33: Mixer/Volume

    The mixer page is designed to control the volume for playback and recording on the Xonar DSX. In addition, the Xonar DSX also provides a high-quality digital monitoring function for hearing the recorded audio from the speakers. You can also process the input signals with all playback sound effects including DTS technology.
  • Page 34 A typical application is to apply DTS Neo:PC 7.1-ch spreading to your TV audio, CD, MP3, or stereo game console audio from a gaming device such as Wii, XBOX, PS2/PS3/PSP, etc. (continued on the next page) ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 35 Line-In: recording from Line-in jack for external audio devices WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on your PC Reset Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 36: Effects

    More options Clicking this button will apply the environment effect selected from the pull-down menu. 23 additional options are available in this menu. Environment size There are three size settings for each environment: Large, Medium, and Small. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 37 Type a name for your own “User Defined” equalizer setting in the text box. Add / save Click the “+” button to add the defined parameters to the User Defined list as a preset. Delete Click the “–” button to delete a saved preset from the User Defined list. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 38: Karaoke

    Karaoke The Xonar DSX provides powerful features for Karaoke, including Key-Shifting, Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo. Microphone Echo can generate natural echo effects on your singing voice just like a karaoke machine. Key-Shifting can change the pitch of Karaoke background music, and Vocal Cancellation can reduce the original vocal in songs and keep the music and symphony for karaoke.
  • Page 39 Wave, Aux, and Mic with microphone echo effect. Click OK to accept or Cancel if you want to enable the setting later. Select Don’t remind me again to prevent the message from being displayed again. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 40: Flexbass

    Adjusts the cut-off frequency (50~250Hz) for LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) signals. Xonar D-Kara will filter out bass signals below the Frequency crossover frequency from small speaker channels and forward them to the subwoofer. Higher crossover frequency values would result in reduced bass signals. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 41: Smart Volume Normalization

    10dB below full scale) after you turn on SVN. In the illustration below, lower volume music 2 becomes louder when you turn on SVN while higher volume music 1 becomes quieter with SVN enabled. 0dB (Full-scale) Music 1 -10 dB Music 2 SVN On SVN Off - ∞ ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 42 When SVN is enabled, the master volume knob will be illuminated by a blue light. The knob will be color red if the volume is muted. SVN display When SVN is enabled, the “Smart Volume” meter will light up and indicate the volume level. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 43: Ds3D Gx And Dsp Modes

    In addition, Xonar DSX also offers a Hi-Fi mode for hi-fidelity playback without any effect processing to retain original audio fidelity. Every time you turn on Hi-Fi mode, Xonar DSX will clear all sound effects. It’s also recommended to use Hi-Fi mode for audio quality tests (using RMAA software or another machine-based measurement).
  • Page 44 DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for many DirectX/ DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista and Windows ® ® Hi-Fi Mode This mode enables Hi-Fidelity playback, where all effects will be cleared to keep the original digital data and analog output quality as high as possible. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 45: Vocalfx

    Emulates different background environment effects when you chat online. Magic Voice Changes your voice pitch to different voice types to disguise your real voice or just for fun while chatting online. App List VOIP applications can be added to the VOIP application list. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 46 Make sure you and your team member can talk to each other in the game. For VOIP Click the App List button. If your VOIP application is not displayed on the list, press Add.(Ensure that Skype and MSN Messenger are the latest versions) Navigate to the VOIP application and click Open. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 47 The record device will be set to microphone. Make sure the GX function is enabled. Click OK to accept, or Cancel if you want to enable the setting later. Check Don’t remind me again to prevent the message from being displayed again. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 48: Troubleshooting And Faqs

    I cannot find the Xonar DSX Audio Center Instructions: Make sure you have installed the driver Locate the Xonar DSX Audio Center icon in the system tray found at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Double-click the icon to open the Xonar DSX Audio Center utility.
  • Page 49 Go to the sound and audio device settings found in Windows Control Panel to check if the playback default device is set to Xonar DSX Audio Device instead of other onboard AC97 or HDA codec device. If a different device is set, select Xonar DSX Audio Device and restart your system.
  • Page 50: Faq

    The Xonar DSX supports DTS Interactive, which allows a single digital connection to your AV receiver to carry DTS Digital Surround audio. In addition, Xonar DSX also provides DTS Neo:PC to upmix TV audio and other types of audio to multi- channel surround sound in Home Theater environments.
  • Page 51 Q6: What is the most important benefit of the Xonar DSX for musicians? Answer: Ultimate Fidelity: Xonar DSX has the highest quality of audio in/out for the cleanest sound production. Duplex HD: Supports audio sampling rates up to 24bit/192KHz for output and 24bit/96KHz for input.
  • Page 52 (Ableton Live, Cakewalk, CoolEdit, Soundforge, etc.) to convert the sound files to 48KHz. Please note that the frequency meter on the Xonar DSX Audio Center will not take effect when the playback source is at a 96KHz sample rate to prevent any processing distortion.
  • Page 53 ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 54: Asus Contact Information

    +1-510-739-3777 +1-510-608-4555 Web site http://usa.asus.com Technical Support Support fax +1-812-284-0883 General support +1-812-282-2787 Online support http://support.asus.com/techserv/techserv.aspx ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, 40880 Ratingen, Germany +49-2102-959931 Web site http://www.asus.com/de Online contact http://eu-rma.asus.com/sales Technical Support Telephone +49-2102-5789555...