I heard the Xonar series has driver problems, for example, is that true?
The card looks good though, is the only difference between DG and DGX the slot (PCI vs PCIe)? Any reason to go for the PCIe instead of PCI? I have both.
Hmm, is the headphone boost limited to stereo headphones? The Roccat Kave is a 5.1 one, 32Ohms according to the official site.
Quote from: ChronoSphere on 07 July, 2013, 05:36:22 PMI heard the Xonar series has driver problems, for example, is that true?Nope.Mine is a Xonar DG. Cheap. Good. Has a setting for boosting the volume for high-impedance headphones. Pick it up. Play music. Smile confidently.
I encountered three different and annoying bugs.
You'll have to elaborate on that. I have no problems at all.
True for the Xonar DX at least. I encountered three different and annoying bugs. After a while I gave up trying newer drivers and switched to onboard audio instead.
The Roccat Kave doesn't act like regular stereo headphones. It acts like a 5.1 system, with a 10k? input impedance according to the manual (I assume it's self-powered via the USB connector).
It's meant to be connected to a 5.1 soundcard like any other 5.1 speaker system. You don't need (and don't want) a headphone out with those, only line-outs for Front, Surround and LFE (subwoofer), as well as a microphone input. Do NOT plug the green connector into a headphone out, and do not change the front line-out into a headphone out via the drivers or whatever.Edit: if you want to use the headphones as a surround system, as intended, that is.
I have 4 Gigabyte mobos with Realtek chips and currently have no noise issues but I did for a while on two of the machines which turned out to be a ground loop (no surprise there). For test purposes only - NOT TO BE A FINAL CURE - try lifting the grounds using those 3 prong to 2 prong adapters from the hardware store and then one a a time remove the ground lifters. If all is quiet, remove the ground lift from the PC and keep removing lifters going until you find the culprit. Also, do you have any antenna / cable feeds connected for TV recording? If so, disconnect it for the test. In my case 2 of the machines had noise induced from the antenna grounds. If that is your problem the solution is a 'galvanic isolator' for the antenna feed and are available for $5-$10. G²
Quote from: dhromed on 08 July, 2013, 04:12:11 AMYou'll have to elaborate on that. I have no problems at all.[things]
Asus Xonar cards are infamous for their buggy drivers. We recommend getting a soundcard from another manufacturer instead.
Quote from: ChronoSphere on 07 July, 2013, 05:36:22 PMI heard the Xonar series has driver problems, for example, is that true?Nope.
Just making sure, does it damage the headphone if I tell the driver to treat it as >64Ohm?
I'm very w(e)ary of creative products to be honest, not only are the drivers pretty unstable, but creative also tends to drop support pretty fast. For example my old sound card doesn't even have win7 drivers. A 3rd party patched winXP drivers to work with win7 and win8, but they don't work for win8.1 anymore. Installation was never a problem, everything installs well, and the sound works - but then you get weird behavior like the distortions (win7,8) or missing sound (win8.1) And it's not only soundcards. I used to be a fan of their portable players until they forced me to run winXP in a VM to be able to access my music files on it because their software didn't support vista64+ and the player didn't have a MSC mode.I didn't go with the xonar yet either, mainly because of no spare funds and the fact that my CPU overclock wasn't as stable as I thought and going back to default clock somehow got rid off the background noise in the audio card (voltage didn't change). So for now I'm sticking with my realtek, but still taking suggestions.