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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

    Notices Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • 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 AV66 High-Performance Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit) D-A Converter of Digital Sources: Wolfson WM8776*1 (108dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit) Wolfson WM8766*1 (103dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit) A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Wolfson WM8776*1 (102dB SNR, Max.
  • Page 9 2.0&1.0, ® ® DirectSound HW, DirectSound SW, A3D 10, OpenAL ® ® ® generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability 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 technologies, which transcode 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 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 Side Surround Out 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 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 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 Graphic 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 lead you to 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. Note: this area just displays information, but is not used to alter 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). Usually audio CDs and MP3 files are 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 do the proper 3D/DTS sound processing accordingly. Select the correct speaker type for your connected speakers.
  • Page 29 6.2.3 SPDIF Out / DTS Interactive Xonar DSX is capable of outputting DTS Interactive, which are real-time encoders that transcode any audio, including games and music, 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 Here are some typical suggestions: -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 relative position “virtually” using only your mouse. The Xonar DSX card will process listener it and virtualize each speaker position in real-time. The Subwoofer has no directional sounds, and hence can be moved only closer or further away.
  • Page 32 The dimension parameter fades sounds to the front or rear of the listener. 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 such as DTS technology.
  • Page 34 Enabling “Microphone Boost” will increase a volume gain to boost microphone input signals. If you connect your microphone to the front panel audio module, enable “Front Panel Microphone”. For typical low-cost PC microphone, it’s recommended to enable this function. (continued on the next page) ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 35 Aux: recording from Aux-In for typically TV-tuner card audio or other sound sources Line-In: recording from Line-in jack for external audio devices WAVE: recording from digital wave audio you are playing on Reset Click to reset all volume controls to the default settings. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 36: Effects

    Clicking this button will apply the environment effect that you select from the pull-down menu on the right side. There are another 23 options in this menu. Environment size There are three size settings for each environment: Large, Medium, and Small. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 37 Key in a name for your own “User Defined” equalizer setting Add / save Click this “+” button to save the parameters into User Defined list Delete Click this “–” button to delete the parameters from 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 it or Cancel if you want to enable it later. Checking Don’t remind me again and this message will not show up again. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 40: Flexbass

    Select the speaker type that you connected. If your speaker type cannot perform low-frequency signals (bass), select “Small” speaker option type and Xonar DSX will filter out the bass signals and send them to the subwoofer channel. If those speakers are full-range, you can select the “Large” speaker type.
  • Page 41: Smart Volume Normalization

    (for example, 10dB below full scale) after you turn on SVN. Please note that for lower volume music 2, it will become louder when you turn on SVN; and for higher volume music 1, it will become quieter. 0dB (Full-scale) Music 1 -10 dB Music 2 SVN On SVN Off ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 42 It will be lit red if the volume is muted. SVN display When SVN is enabled, “Smart Volume” will be lit up at the bottom of the volume meter and the volume meter will show the level. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 43: Ds3D Gx And Dsp Modes

    DS3D GX on the Xonar Audio Center, and disable the function after the games. In addition, Xonar DSX also offers a Hi-Fi mode for hi-fidelity playback without any effect processing to keep the original audio fidelity. Every time you turn on Hi-Fi mode, Xonar DSX will clear all sound effects.
  • Page 44 DirectSound 3D Hardware extensions for lots of DirectX/ DirectSound3D games on Windows Vista and XP. Hi-Fi Mode This mode is set for 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

    It emulates different background environment effects when you chat online. Magic Voice Changes your voice pitch to different types for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting. App List You can add VOIP application into VOIP application List. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 46 For VOIP Press App List If you don’t see the VOIP application of yours in the list, press Add.(Make sure the Skype and MSN Messenger are the latest version) Look for the application’s location and Open it. ASUS Xonar DSX...
  • Page 47 Make sure the GX function is enabled. Click “OK” to accept it, or “Cancel” if you want to enable it later. Check “Don’t remind me again” if you don’t want to see this message pop up next time. 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 on 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 of 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 it’s not, please set it to Xonar DSX Audio Device and restart your applications.
  • Page 50: [Faq]

    Q4: Does the Xonar DSX support EAX on Vista? Answer: Yes, Xonar DSX can support EAX2.0 not only on Windows XP but also on Vista through innovative DirectSound3D Game EXtensions v2.5 (DS3D GX 2.5) technology.
  • 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 outputs and 24bit/96KHz for inputs.
  • Page 52 Live, Cakewalk, CoolEdit, Soundforge, etc.) to convert the sounds into 48KHz files. Please note that the frequency meter on Xonar DSX Audio Center panel will not take effect either when the playback source is 96KHz or 192KHz sample rate to prevent any processing distortion.