ASUS STRIX RAID PRO Sound Card User Manual PDF

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Summary of Content for ASUS STRIX RAID PRO Sound Card User Manual PDF

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Contents 1... Introduction ... 4

1... 1 Package contents ... 4 1... 2 System requirements ... 4 1... 3 General Specification ... 5

2... Hardware overview ... 8

Control Box ... 9 3... Driver Installation ... 11

3... 1 Installing the driver ... 11 3... 2 Uninstalling or reinstalling the driver ... 12

4... Connecting Speakers and Peripherals ... 13

4... 1 Connecting to Strix Control Box (Strix Raid DLX/PRO only) ... 13 4... 2 Connecting to TOSLINK and COAXIAL SPDIF input connection ... 15 4... 3 Connecting Microphone/ Line In ... 16 4... 4 Connecting stereo headphones ... 17 4... 5 Connecting Analog Speaker Systems ... 18

5... Software Utilities ... 22

5... 1 Sonic Studio overview ... 22 5... 2 Sonic Radar overview ... 23

6... Troubleshooting ... 24

Notice ... 27 Trademarks ... 27 License ... 27 Copyright ... 27

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1... Introduction

1... 1 Package contents Check your ASUS STRIX sound card series package for the following items:

STRIX sound card series 7... 1-Channel sound card Driver CD S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x 1 Quick Start Guide Box link cable (Strix Raid DLX/Strix Raid Pro only) Strix control box (Strix Raid DLX/Strix Raid Pro only)

1... 2 System requirements To ensure a successful installation of the ASUS Strix sound card series, your computer must meet the following requirements:

One PCI Express 1... 0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card One available 6-pin peripheral power cable connector from PCs power

supply unit Microsoft Windows 10/8... 1/8/7/(32/64bit) Intel Pentium 4 1... 4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU >256 MB DRAM system memory >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 card

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1... 3 General Specification

Items Description

Audio Performance

Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)

124dB for Front channel of Line-out

124dB for Headphone-out with 600ohm load

Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)

117dB

Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB)

0... 0009% (-107dB) for Line-out

0... 0009% (-107dB) for Headphone-out with 600ohm load

Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB)

0... 000316% (-110dB) for Line-in

Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz format)

< 10Hz to 48KHz

Output / Input Full-Scale Voltage 2 Vrms (5... 65 Vp-p)

Bus Compatibility

PCI Express PCIe v1... 0 or above bus compatible

Main Chipset

Audio Processor Cmedia USB 2... 0 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max... 384KHz / 24bit)

D-A Converter of Digital Sources: ESS SABRE9016 Premier 8 Channel Audio DAC

A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Cirrus-Logic CS5381* 1 (114dB DNR, Max... 192kHz/24bit)

Sample Rate and Resolution

Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution

44... 1K/48K/88... 2K/96K/176... 4K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution

44... 1K/48K/88... 2K/96K/176... 4K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

S/PDIF Digital Output 44... 1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

ASIO 2... 0 Driver Support 44... 1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

* Individual spec for each card...

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Items Description

I/O Ports

Analog Output Jack 3... 5mm jack (1/8) (Analog out for all channel)

3... 5mm jack (1/8) (Headphone out)

Analog Input Jack 3... 5mm jack (1/8) (Line-In/Mic-In combo)

Digital S/PDIF Output High-bandwidth Optical connector supports 192KHz/24bit (Side Surround combo)

Driver Features

Operation System Windows 8... 1/8/7 (32/64 bit)

Items Description

Audio Performance

Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted):

116dB for Line out (Front)

110dB for [email protected] loading

Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110dB for line-in

Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted) :

0... 001% (-100dB) for Line out

0... 003% (-90dB) for [email protected] loading

Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted) : 0... 000316% (-110dB) for line-in

Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ): <10Hz to 48kHz

Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 2Vrms (5... 65Vp-p)

Headphone Impedance Optimized for 16, 32~600

Bus Compatibility

PCI PCIe v1... 0 or above bus compatible

Main Chipset

Audio Processor Cmedia USB 2... 0 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max... 384KHz/24bit)

D-A Converter of Digital Sources: ESS SABRE9006A Premier 8 Channel Audio DAC

A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Cirrus Logic CS5361*1 (114dB DNR, Max... 192KHz/24bit)

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Sample Rate and Resolution

Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution

44... 1K/48K/88... 2/96/176... 4/192KHz @ 16/24bit for all channels

Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution

44... 1K/48K/88... 2/96/176... 4/192KHz @ 16/24bit for all channels

S/PDIF Digital Output 44... 1K/48K/96/192KHz @ 16/24bit

ASIO 2... 0 Driver Support: 44... 1K/48K/96/192KHz @ 16/24bit

I/O Ports

Analog Output Jack: 3... 5 mm jack (1/8) Analog out for All channel

3... 5 mm jack (1/8) Headphone out

Analog Input Jack: 3... 5 mm jack (1/8) (Line-In/Mic-In combo)

Digital S/PDIF Output High-bandwidth Optical Connector supports 192KHz/24bit (Side Surround combo)

Driver Features

Operation System Windows8... 1/8/7(32/64bit)

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2... Hardware overview

No... Items Description

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Microphone In port Connect your external PC microphone to this 3... 5mm port for voice input... Built-in high-quality Microphone pre-amplifier...

Line In port Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players, music synthesizers, and other line-level sound sources to this 3... 5mm port for audio recording or processing...

2... Headphone Out port Connect your headphone to this port...

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

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3... Box link Connect Strix control box directly to this port...

4... Front Out port For 2-channel speaker systems, connects to the input on the powered speakers...

5... Rear Out port Connects to the rear surround input on 4... 1-channel powered analog speakers...

6... Center Out port Connects to the center/subwoofer input on 4... 1/5... 1-channel powered analog speakers...

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Side Out port Connects to the side surround input on 7... 1-channel powered analog speakers...

S/PDIF Out port

Optical digital output jack... Connects to external digital decoder or digital speaker systems, Home Theater systems, AV receivers for outputting digital audio including PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA- Pro, etc... Connects to the surround channel input on 4... 1/5... 1/7... 1-channel powered analog speakers...

Control Box

SpeakerHeadphone

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No... Items Description

8... Output Select / Volume Control

Tab Tab to select output source between the headphone and speaker...

Long Press

Long press to set the selected output source to mute...

Turn Turn the knob clockwise or anti-clockwise to adjust volume level...

[Custom Mode]: Tab

CUSTOM MODE (In conjunction with STRIX RAID MODE)

Tab the knob to turn on/off a selected effect...

Note: This control knob is used in conjunction with the Strix RAID key... When Strix RAID Mode is selected, this goes into a custom mode...

[Custom Mode]: Turn

CUSTOM MODE (In conjunction with STRIX RAID MODE)

Turn the knob clockwise or anti-clockwise to adjust intensity level of a selected effect...

9... LED Indicators LED indicator that displays intensity level of volume or effects...

10... Output Source LED Indicator

LED indicator that displays selected output device...

Note: When the device is mute, the LED turns red...

11... STRIX RAID Mode

This is a programmable key that can customize and lock a special effect from the Sonic Studio so that you can control and adjust effects spontaneously in game...

Press on/off to enable/disable Custom Mode... The LED turns orange to indicate that the Custom Mode is enabled...

To set up this key, please go to the Sonic Studio and select an effect to lock the Strix RAID Mode...

Now you can use the knob to enable/disable an effect, as well as adjust the intensity level of the effect...

12... Headphone Output Port

Connect your headphone to this port...

13... Microphone Input Port Connect your external PC microphone to this 3... 5mm jack for voice input...

14... Kensington Security Slot

Insert kensington lock to lock the device...

15... Box link Connect Strix control box directly to this port...

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3... Driver Installation

3... 1 Installing the driver After installing the STRIX sound card series on your computer, you need to install the device driver that enables the STRIX sound card series to work with Windows operating system...

The driver is only needed when you connect ASUS STRIX sound card series with PC/NB...

The version and contents of the support CD are subject to change without notice...

To install the device driver:

1... Insert the ASUS STRIX sound card series support CD into your optical drive... If Autorun is enabled, the ASUS STRIX sound card series driver screen appears automatically... Go to step 4... If Autorun is not enabled in your computer, perform step 2...

2... Click My Computer on your desktop and double-click the optical drive icon... 3... Double-click the setup... exe icon... 4... Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation... Read the

END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT in the process and make sure that you understand and accept it before continuing the installation...

5... When the installation finishes, you may be prompted to restart your computer... You can choose to restart the computer later if desired...

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3... 2 Uninstalling or reinstalling the driver

3... 2... 1 Uninstalling the STRIX sound card series driver To uninstall the STRIX sound card series driver:

1... Click Start > Settings > Control Panel... 2... Double click the Add/Remove Programs icon... 3... Click the Change or Remove Programs button... 4... Select the program that you want to remove and then click Add/Remove

(or Change/Remove) button... 5... In the InstallShield Wizard dialog box, select Remove... 6... Restart your computer when prompted...

3... 2... 2 Reinstalling the STRIX sound card series driver To reinstall the STRIX sound card series driver:

1... Before you reinstall any software, its recommended to uninstall the existing software first...

2... After you finish the uninstallation of the software, please follow the installation process again to reinstall the same or updated software...

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Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

4... Connecting Speakers and Peripherals

4... 1 Connecting to Strix Control Box (Strix Raid DLX/ PRO only)

4... 1... 1 Connecting Strix Control Box (Strix Raid DLX/PRO only)

No... Items Description

1... Box link Connect Strix control box directly to this Box link port ...

2... Microphone Input Port

Connect Strix control box directly to the microphone input port ...

3... Headphone Output Port

Connect Strix control box directly to the headphone output port...

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4... 1... 2 Connecting Strix Control Box with external microphone and headphone(Strix Raid DLX/PRO only)

No... Items Description

1... Microphone Input Port

Connect your external PC microphone to this 3... 5mm jack for voice input...

2... Headphone Output Port

Connect your headphones to this port...

Headphone Out

Mic In

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4... 2 Connecting to TOSLINK and COAXIAL SPDIF input connection

No... Items Description

1... S/PDIF Output/Side Out port

Connects to CD/DVD player or some PC/NB with SPDIF output to digital input...

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

S/PDIF

AVR

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Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

OR

4... 3 Connecting Microphone/ Line In

No... Items Description

1... Microphone Input/ Line In Port

Connect the microphones 3... 5mm plug into this Mic-In port for voice communication, recording, or karaoke...

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...

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4... 4 Connecting stereo headphones

4... 4... 1 Connecting Stereo Headphones

No... Items Description

1... Front Out The Headphone Out Port has a built-in high-quality amplifier to drive headphones... Please connect your stereo headphones directly to this jack...

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

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Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

4... 5 Connecting Analog Speaker Systems

4... 5... 1 Connecting 2 channel speakers

No... Items Description

1... Front Out Connects to the front input ports of the 2 channel speakers with the mini-jack cable...

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4... 5... 2 Connecting 4 Channel Speakers / Power Amplifier

No... Items Description

1... Front Out Connects to the front input ports of 4... 1 speaker...

2... Rear Output Port Connects to the rear surround input port of 4... 1 channel speaker...

Amplifier

OR

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

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No... Items Description

1... Front Out Connects to the front input ports of 5... 1 speaker...

2... Rear Output Port Connects to the left surround and right surround input ports of 5... 1 speaker...

3... Center/Subwoofer Connects to the Center and subwoofer input ports of 5... 1 speaker...

4... 5... 3 Connecting 5... 1 Channel Speakers / 5... 1 Channel Headphone

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

1

2

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4... 5... 4 Connecting 7... 1 Channel Speakers

No... Items Description

1... Front Out Connects to the front input ports of 5... 1 speaker

2... Side Surround Out Connects to the left surround and right surround input ports of 7... 1 speaker

3... Center/Subwoofer Connects to the Center/Subwoofer input port of the 7... 1 speakers with the mini-jack cable...

4... Rear Output Port Connects to the rear surround input of 7... 1 speaker

Side+ S/PDIF Out

Mic/Line-in

Headphone

Front

Box Link

Rear

Center

1

3

4

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5... Software Utilities

For more details about using Sonic Studio please refer to the Sonic Studio and Sonic Radar manual...

5... 1 Sonic Studio overview Sonic Studio comes with advanced sound algorithms and virtual surround effects to enhance your gaming and entertainment experience...

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h5... 2 Sonic Radar overview Sonic Radar is a visualization overlay of audio elements that can be easily selected, combined and re-focused for gaming... This helps gamers to visually see threats which are heard but are not immediately visible... Gamers can also customize the appropriate level of sensitivity and graphics settings to meet his/her needs for different gaming scenarios...

For more details about using Sonic Radar please refer to the Sonic Studio and Sonic Radar manual...

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6... Troubleshooting 1... I cannot install the audio card driver in my PC...

Please make sure that you have properly plugged the audio card in the PCI Express slot on your motherboard...

Check that the Windows hardware device manager has discovered a multimedia audio device... If no device is found, please try scanning for new hardware...

Please try soft reboot (restart) your Windows...

Remove the card, plug it into another PCI Express slot, and try again...

2... I couldnt find the STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center...

Please make sure you have installed the driver

Find the STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center icon in the system tray on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen... Double click the icon to open the STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center utility...

If the icon could not be found in the system tray, go to the Windows Control Panel and double click the STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center icon to make it visible in the system tray again...

After the driver installation is complete, its recommended that you reboot your computer to complete the setup... If the icon still doesnt appear, please try installing the driver package again...

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STRIX sound card series PCI Express audio card needs the power cable to supply addition power in addition to the basic PCI Express bus power... Please double check you have plugged the small 4-pin power plug onto STRIX sound card series power connector... If you did not plug the internal power, STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center will remind you a warning message and wont allow your operation when you double click STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center icon in the system tray...

Please ensure that you have connected speakers properly and have powered on your speakers

Please ensure that the device master volume or the software player has NOT been muted on the STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Center

If you are using Dolby Digital Live encoder through the S/PDIF output, the analog output will be muted to get rid of the interference between your digital speaker system and analog speakers or headphones... Please check if this is the case...

Please go to the sound and audio device of Windows Control Panel to check if the playback default device is set to STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Device, instead of other onboard AC97 or HDA codec device... If its not, please set it to STRIX Sound Card Series Audio Device and restart your applications...

Please try restart your Windows...

4... I cant hear any sound from the S/PDIF output...

Please ensure that you have enabled S/PDIF output in the Audio Center GUI (Main page)

Please ensure that you are connecting the correct S/PDIF output jack on the card to the decoders (AV receiver) S/PDIF input jack

You may need to select the correct input and mode of your decoder or AV receiver... For Dolby Digital or DTS output, you may have to double check that the AV receiver is in that decoding mode...

If you are using 192KHz PCM output, please make sure your decoder can support 192KHz decoding... Try changing it to 44... 1K or 48KHz first...

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5... I cant hear audio input (Mic, Line-in, AUX, etc... ) from my speakers...

Please select the correct input as the recording source... If you are using Windows Vista/Win 7, please also go to system audio control panel to see the current default recording/input device is right...

Please remember to turn on the digital monitoring button for that recording source

6... Will PCM sound output through S/PDIF be just 2 channels even with different analog output channels?

The S/PDIF protocol specification (IEC-60958) can only carry 2-channel PCM data or non-PCM AC3/DTS data... So, when a user selects PCM output for S/PDIF, the sound card will always deliver 2 channel PCM data through the S/PDIF output port... For attaining 5... 1 channel surround sounds, you can select DDO, which will allow the STRIX sound card series to deliver 5... 1 surround sound for DVD movies, and even stereo music...

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hNotice The content furnished in this document is ASUS audio product knowledge for customers reference... However, ASUS assumes no responsibility for the consequences of use of such information... The information included is subject to change without notice... This publication supersedes and replaces all information supplied previously... No part of this manual can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means for any purpose without the permission of ... ASUSTek Computer Inc...

Trademarks 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 are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc... EAX and A3D are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd... Microsoft, DirectSound3D, Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation... Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated... ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

License Dolby Master Studio driver is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories; DTS Connect driver is manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc...

Copyright Copyright ASUSTek Computer Inc...

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