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Hi,

Just taking a short break from powerpoint hell. Your problem may well be that you still have 2 channels of audio specified in the Xonar audio center. You can click on the question mark for guidance.

I have also tried it with 6 and 8 channels selected.
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The manual clearly states that 5/2.1 is for 7.1 speakers.....2 L/R, 2 heights, 1 CC, 2 surrounds and a sub.

Choose what pattern you actually have.....5.1 should more than likely be 3/2.1.

And you dont have to reset the receiver every time you want to make a change.
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Under SPDIF out, what are your options besides PCM?
NM, I see in an earlier post.....choose Dolby Digital Live

And make sure you have 6 or 8 channel audio chosen....I have no idea why you would leave anything on 2 channel?
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The manual clearly states that 5/2.1 is for 7.1 speakers.....2 L/R, 2 heights, 1 CC, 2 surrounds and a sub.

Choose what pattern you actually have.....5.1 should more than likely be 3/2.1.

And you dont have to reset the receiver every time you want to make a change.

I did say I was a newbie to all this in my original post.

Ok I will try with speaker pattern 3/2.1. According to my manual speaker pattern 3/2.1 is Front Left/Right, Centre, Suround Left/Right and Subwoofer.
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Under SPDIF out, what are your options besides PCM?

Besides PCM I also have

Dolby Digital Live

DTS Interactive

S/PDIF In Loopback
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Woo hoo. I finally have it all working.

I am now using the correct speaker set up on the AVR. In the end I did have to set speakers as the default device instead of S/PDIF. Also in the Xonar audio center under S/PDIF I had to change it from PCM to dolby digital live.


I big thank you to all who replied to this thread.
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^^ Congrats ennogs!

Now that you've learned a thing or two I'd keep plugging at options, perhaps search and ask on Asus support forums. I'm kind of troubled that there is no apparent passthrough of audio, that you don't have that DD/DTS setting. Dolby Digital Live is going to transcode all sources to DD. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it's not the true audio source and it's going to take processing power to transcode.

If feeling particularly adventurous you can try these custom drivers:
http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/

I haven't done so, but there are multiple topics indicating that they are superior to Asus. Just a thought - I'd personally continue to study and determine the source of your passthrough issue.

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Glad it is working now, though for future reference, if your motherboard has a digital audio connection, and you have a receiver, a sound card is redundant since all it should be doing is passing the audio to the receiver for processing.

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Now that you've learned a thing or two I'd keep plugging at options, perhaps search and ask on Asus support forums. I'm kind of troubled that there is no apparent passthrough of audio, that you don't have that DD/DTS setting. Dolby Digital Live is going to transcode all sources to DD. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it's not the true audio source and it's going to take processing power to transcode.

If I'm not mistaken, Windows can't bitstream or do 5.1 LPCM over optical because there is not enough bandwidth, and Dolby Digital Live is the "new" Dolby Digital for sound card output, so Xonar converts everything to that for the multichannel audio stream.

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Glad it is working now, though for future reference, if your motherboard has a digital audio connection, and you have a receiver, a sound card is redundant since all it should be doing is passing the audio to the receiver for processing.

If you are going to use your computer to watch movies with blu-ray and don't need the headphone output of the Xonar, you should see if your graphics card supports HDMI audio out in True HD and DTS-HD. If you can get that working, no reason not to sell your card.

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It would require more cable, but to use the Xonar DAC and to get full support for DD/DTS analog connections from the sound card is an option.

Thanks cel. I don't suppose even granting exclusive mode to Asus drivers can remedy this, yet Asus indicates that both DD and DTS can pass through.

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It would require more cable, but to use the Xonar DAC and to get full support for DD/DTS analog connections from the sound card is an option.

Thanks cel. I don't suppose even granting exclusive mode to Asus drivers can remedy this, yet Asus indicates that both DD and DTS can pass through.

Yeah. I know that the D2X can't support bitstreaming of True HD or DTS-HD, or LPCM because of the bandwidth limitation. I had heard elsewhere (could be wrong) that they use Dolby Digital Live for the all the DD encoding now since it's the latest version of DD. Don't know much about DTS.

So I researched his card. It looks like maybe the DTS Interactive options might not show up until there is 5.1 channel movie audio: http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?board_id=21&model=Xonar+D2X&id=20080423032545000&page=4&SLanguage=en-us

See post #40.

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Once again thanks for all your replies.
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To get all 5 speakers working in the Asus Audio Center I have to change S/PDIF out to either Dolby Digital Live or DTS interactive. Which is the best?
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That's a tough one. In theory DTS should hold the edge but in reality it's probably a wash. Listening to select source content is your best bet for choosing a winner.

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