Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by vbetts, Aug 18, 2017.
Happy with my Creative X-Fi USB HD for stereo output to external speakers / headphone amp.
2 'randomly' dying in your system is highly unlikely.
More like some other isolated issue for you or bad PSU /old electrical lines etc.
Every try the Sound blaster g1? Its usb but..
This. Easily overlooked. Plus setting player / Windows volume too high can cause distortion even with low hardware / last source volumes.
I usually set everything to 50 % tops (=should mean neither amplification or de-amplification) and do the rest with hardware volume control. If necessary fine-tune with Windows volume control.
I had plenty of asus cards ranging from Asus DG/DS/DGX, to HDAV ,STX and the Strix Soar and i never had one died on me. So it seems like at the time this happened to you, there was other factors in play, or you had some really bad luck.
To say that asus cards are bad no matter what because of your experience with them is just silly, as not every one will have or had the problems you had with them, or dying like you did. I also haven't had an sound card die on me so far and I owned plenty of sound cards from almost every body.Also every body computer will react different even if its the same specs.
But one thing that i know that would cause BSOD is using the GX mode which some reason is on by default, which can catch people off guard who don't released it should be tick off, unless the game in question is an older Direct sound one.
The only thing I agree on that asus drivers for the xonar series wasn't perfect, which we have uni xonar for when nothing goes as planned with the official drivers.
I never had any distortion and I always kept my windows volume/ sound card volume set to 100% in music bee or which ever music software or movie player that I am using. The only time when I do lower it, is when I am plugging another pair of headphones directly into the sound card instead of my jotunheim.
Just spend more and get something decent, just got a Sound BlasterX AE-5, best sound card I have ever owned and that's coming from an STX II. Headphone stage (amp)... best you can get on a sound card, I'm pretty sure the DAC is also the best, but if not its very damn nice.
I mean how long would you be keeping this? think about it that way... several years? a decade? People that buy cheap crap, I'll never understand. With something like PC parts especially (except GPU).
Asus (except their MB and Displays) are overpriced outdated crap. Especially their sound cards, I've come to realise. They don't update their hardware, or it doesn't seem like they even try or care to make awesome things, when it comes to anything but motherboards and displays. Look at the STX and II, same driver for years... if that doesn't tell you something.
You seem to have forgotten things like the Asus Essence. Those beasts will outperform any soundcard, period. Then again, they were designed to outperform the DAC-1 at a lower price point.
This is exactly what I mean... its just an external STX if you look at the specs. I prefer sound cards, you just can't get the same sound out of a USB device, there is something about the smoother more natural analog sound you get from an internal card, they just sound superior to my ears. Even a DAC/AMP hooked up to a sound card or mb jack sounds better, the mic input is also better than an external unit. USB is just not great.
The Essence series is NOT an external STX. The components are far better, it also supports balanced connects, and high-resolution hardware resampling. And it's self-powered, and can drive 600ohm cans easily.