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  • Page 1 Xonar U1 External USB Audio Station User’s 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

    Contents Contents ...................... iii Notices ......................v Safety information ..................vi Trademarks ....................vi License ......................vi Introduction ..................1 Package Contents .............. 1 System Requirements ............1 Specifications summary ............. 2 About Hardware ................4 Xonar U1 Audio Station ............4 Installing the Xonar Hardware ............
  • Page 4: Contents

    Contents Troubleshooting and FAQs ............39 [Troubleshooting] ................39 [FAQ] ..................42...
  • Page 5: 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 6: 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. EAX and A3D are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd.
  • Page 7: Introduction

    60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package • CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation • High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital decoder, to enjoy the Ultra-High Fidelity sounds of the USB audio device ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 8: Specifications Summary

    Specifications summary Category Item Description Audio Controller and Audio Chipset ASUS UA100 USB Audio Chip Codec Bus Interface USB Bus USB 2.0 and 1.0 Full-speed compatible USB Audio Class USB Audio Device Class v1.0 compatible I/O Ports Analog Output Jack & Digital S/PDIF 3.50mm mini analog and digital combo jack *1...
  • Page 9 A-Weighted): Cross-talk (10Kohms, 1KHz) -104dB Frequency Response (-1dB, 48KHz): < 20Hz to 20KHz Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 1.2 Vrms / 1.1 Vrms Accessories -S/PDIF optical adaptor *1 -2-channel vertical Array Microphone *Specifications are subject to change without notice. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 10: About Hardware

    Rotate this knob to adjust the volume. Hot button Short push this knob to mute the music, and long push to turn to the Hi-Fi mode. LED indicator Red light --> Mute blue light --> Hi-Fi mode Flashing blue light --> User mode ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 11: Installing The Xonar Hardware

    Installing the Xonar Hardware 3.1 Installing Xonar U1 Connect the USB connector to any USB 2.0 port on your notebook or PC as the following drawing shows. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 12: Installing Software

    “END USER LICENCE AGREEMENT” in the process and make sure you understand and accept it before you continue the installation. When the installation finishes, you may be prompted to restart your computer. You can choose to restart the computer later if desired. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 13: Installing The Pmp Lite Software (Portable Music Processor™ Lite)

    Finish. Uninstalling or Reinstalling Software 4.3.1 Uninstalling Software Select the corresponding uninstallation program, under the “All Programs” section of the Start menu. Otherwise, you’ll need to use the Windows control panel for uninstallation as follows. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 14 4.3.2 Reinstalling Software Before you reinstall any software, it’s recommended to uninstall the existing software first. After you finish the uninstallation of the software, please follow the installation process again to reinstall the same or updated software. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 15: Connecting Speakers And Peripherals

    Dolby Digital audio from any of your PC audio sources to any digital speakers or AV Receivers with Dolby Digital decoding capabilities. Item Description Optical adaptor Plug the optical TOSLINK adaptor into the S/PDIF-Out combo connector ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 16: Connecting Speakers

    Connecting speakers 5.2.1 Connecting 2/2.1 Channel Speakers 2 Speakers 2.1 Speakers Item Description Headphone Jack Connect the 2/2.1 speaker set’s 3.5mm plug into this Headphone jack. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 17: Connecting Headphone / Microphone

    Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In jack Jack for voice communication, recording, or karaoke. Connecting Microphone / Array Microphone Item Description Microphone Input Connect the microphone’s 3.5mm plug into this Mic-In jack Jack for voice communication, recording, or karaoke. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 18: Connecting Line-In Audio Sources

    Connect the 3.5mm plug of the CD/MP3 Player or any other Jack Line level analog audio sources into this Line-In/Microphone jack for sound recording or real-time Dolby sound processing through the Monitoring path (See the “Mixer” section of the driver guide). ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 19: Xonar U1 Driver Guide

    U1 driver. You can control the functions and features of the Xonar U1 driver on the Audio Center. The following picture shows a basic overview of the Xonar U1 Audio Center. The following sections of this manual will describe its functions in more detail. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 20 Music, Games, DVD Video, and effect-free (Hi-Fi) modes. Setting Menu Panel This panel gives access to setting tabs, including Main Settings, Mixer/volume, Effects, Karaoke/MagicVoice, and Array Mic. (see the following details) Information icon Clicking this icon will pop up driver’s Information window. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 21: Main Setting

    Xonar U1 audio card can support sample rates up to 48KHz. Even if your setting differs from the audio source’s sample rate, the Xonar U1 engine will do super high fidelity sample-rate-conversion with a double floating-point filter. Item Description Sample Rate The Xonar U1 supports sample rates up to 48KHz. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 22 Click the “play” button to test each speaker one by one or click each speaker manually to test. (note: the Speaker Test function is not available on Windows Vista due to a limitation in its audio stack.) ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 23: Spdif Out/Ddl

    -Dolby Digital Live real-time 5.1ch encoding Dobly Digital Live This advanced setting will automatically upmix stereo (2ch) advanced upmixing content to 5.1 channel surround with Dolby Pro-Logic IIx option when using Dolby Digital Live output. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 24 Audio Channels Here are some typical suggestions: -MP3, WMA, AAC, CD, VCD, 2D games => 2 channels -DVD-Video with Dolby Digtial => 6 channels -DVD-Video with Dolby Digtial EX => 8 channels -3D games => 8 channels ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 25 Make all speakers (except Subwoofer) rotate clockwise Manual Rotation Manually drag and rotate all speakers (except Subwoofer) Manual Drag Mode This is the default mode that allows you to manually drag each speaker or the listener with your mouse. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 26 Dimension The dimension parameter fades sounds to the front or rear of the listener. Reset Reset all settings to the defaults. Movie Mode Movie mode is a preset optimized for movie audio. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 27 They differ in the sense of the “spatial dimension” they impart. DH1—Reference Room: Small, acoustically damped room. DH2—Livelier Room: More acoustically live than DH1 DH3—Larger Room: Larger room than DH1; more distant and diffused effect. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 28 Dolby Virtual Speaker provides two modes of virtualization: The first is Reference mode, which virtualizes the missing speakers as in the following picture. Wide Mode Wide mode virtualizes the necessary speakers and enhances the surround experience as in the following picture. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 29: Mixer/Volume

    The tool-tip reveals the percentage number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale level. Left/Right Balance The horizontal slider controls the volume between the left and right channels. Reset Reset all volume controls to the default settings ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 30 You may have to restart the recorder program if you switch to a different source. (Note: On Vista, some application programs may allow you to select the recording device/path in the recording programs themselves.) ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 31 The tool-tip reveals the percentage number from 1 to 100 in terms of the full scale level. Left/Right Balance This horizontal slider controls the volume between the left and right channels. Reset Reset all volume controls to the default settings ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 32: 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 U1...
  • Page 33 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 U1...
  • Page 34: Karaoke/Magic Voice

    Key-Shifting Checkbox to enable or disable the vocal cancellation function and adjust the voice cancellation level from 0 to +100. +100 will eliminate most original vocals (default value is 50). Reset Reset all settings to the default. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 35: Mic Array

    Mic Array It can reduce environmental background sounds and noises as well as keeping your front side voice input as clean as possible. Item Description On/Off Check the box to enable or disable array microphone. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 36: 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 Off SVN On ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 37 SVN Blue Light When SVN is enabled, the master volume knob will be illuminated by a blue light. It will be lit red if the volume is muted. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 38: Ds3D Gx (For Vista Only) And Dsp Modes

    (using RMAA software or another machine-based measurement). Use the DSP mode button as the quick setup if you don’t wish to know the details of the effect setup. (Note: no sound effects will be applied to high- definition 96KHz/192KHz content.) ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 39 Music Mode This mode is set for Music playback. Movie Mode This mode is set for DVD Movie playback. Game Mode This mode is set for Games. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 40: Portable Music Processor™ Lite Software Guide

    (If you don’t have this already, the Xonar U1 installer will provide a guide message to download a free MP3 encoder) After PMP Lite is installed, you will find a PMP Lite shortcut icon on the desktop. Double click the icon and PMP Lite will show up as below. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 41 “PMP Music” folder Software Update This button is used to check online for upgrades to the PMP software and download it for upgrade (make sure your computer is connected to the Internet before you click the button) ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 42: Converting Music In "Main Setting" Page

    PMP Lite. You can select all or click each check box to choose which file to be converted later. The files that have been converted during the process will show a check mark in the status column. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 43 This display window will tell you the music being converted, status file type, bitrate, spent time, converted percentage, and speed. Information page Clicking the information button will display the version of PMP Lie that you have installed. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 44: Find Converted Music In "Pmp Music" Page

    Find Converted Music in “PMP Music” Page The default conversion destination folder is C:\Program Files\ASUS PMP Lite\PMP Music\. You can easily click the PMP Music page to find the converted music library. The new file name will be copied and suffixed with the data rate and DH (ie.
  • Page 45: Troubleshooting And Faqs

    Panel and double click the “Xonar U1 Audio Center” icon to make it visible in the system tray again. After the driver installation is complete, it’s recommended that you reboot your computer to complete the setup. If the icon still doesn’t appear, please try installing the driver package again. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 46 Windows Vista, please also go to system audio control panel to see the current default recording/input device is right. Remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 47 Try to unplug and plug U1 again into the same or other USB port and wait a minute for Windows detection and loading driver. If the driver is still not back, keep U1 into the USB port and just re-install the driver package from the Xonar U1 driver CD. ASUS Xonar U1...
  • Page 48: Faq]

    CD optical drive to Analog. Open the Windows Media Player and do the following to change the setting: Tools > Options > Device > CD Properties > Playback > Analog. ASUS Xonar U1...

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