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Xonar HDAV 1.3

(Deluxe)

Audio/Video enhanced combo card

User manual

E3867

First Edition V1

June 2008

Copyright © 2008 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.

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Contents

Contents.......................................................................................................

 

iii

Notices..........................................................................................................

 

v

Safety information.......................................................................................

vi

Trademarks..................................................................................................

 

vi

License.........................................................................................................

 

vi

1.

Introduction......................................................................................

1

 

1.1

Package contents...............................................................

1

 

1.2

System requirements..........................................................

1

 

1.3

Specifications summary......................................................

2

2.

Hardware overview..........................................................................

4

 

2.1

Xonar HDAV card layout.....................................................

4

 

2.2

H6 DAC extension board layout.........................................

6

3.

Installing the hardware....................................................................

7

 

3.1

Preparing your computer....................................................

7

 

3.2

Installing the Xonar HDAV 1.3 card....................................

8

 

3.3

Connecting to a TV tuner card..........................................

10

4.

Installing software..........................................................................

11

 

4.1

Installing the card driver....................................................

11

 

4.2

Installing the TotalMedia Theatre software.......................

12

5.

Connecting speakers and peripherals.........................................

13

 

5.1

Connecting digital speaker systems (Home Theater).......

13

 

5.2

Connecting Headphones..................................................

14

 

5.3

Connecting Analog Speaker Systems..............................

16

 

5.4

Connecting Microphone....................................................

23

 

5.5

Connecting Line-InAudio Sources...................................

24

 

5.6

Connecting Digital Audio Sources....................................

25

6.

Xonar HDAV Center.......................................................................

26

 

6.1

Xonar HDAV Center GUI..................................................

26

 

6.2

Audio-MainSetting...........................................................

28

 

6.3

Mixer/Volume....................................................................

38

 

6.4

Effects...............................................................................

41

 

6.5

Karaoke............................................................................

43

 

6.6

FlexBass...........................................................................

44

 

6.7

AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation)...................................

46

 

6.8

Smart Volume Normalization............................................

48

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6.9

DS3D GX and DSP Modes...............................................

50

 

6.10

VocalFX............................................................................

52

 

6.11

Video – Splendid HD........................................................

55

 

6.12

DVD/Blu-rayplayback over DH/DVS/DDL/

 

 

 

Multiple Analog Speakers.................................................

60

7.

ASUS GamerOSD...........................................................................

68

 

7.1

Enabling ASUS GamerOSD.............................................

68

 

7.2

Setting ASUS GamerOSD................................................

69

 

7.3

Using ASUS GamerOSD..................................................

71

 

7.4

Broadcasting games with ASUS GamerOSD...................

75

8.

RMAA Test Guide...........................................................................

79

 

8.1

Setting Up Xonar HDAV 1.3 card......................................

79

 

8.2

Configuration and Test with RMAA...................................

82

 

8.3

RMAA Testing Results......................................................

85

 

8.4

ASUS Xonar HDAV RightMark Audio Analyzer test..........

86

9.

Troubleshooting and FAQs...........................................................

90

 

[Troubleshooting].............................................................................

90

 

[FAQs]

..........................................................................................

92

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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.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio

frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

Canadian Department of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Safety information

Before installing the device on a motherboard, carefully read all the manuals that came with the package.

To prevent electrical shock hazard or short circuits, switch off the power supply before installing the device on a motherboard or connecting any singal cables to the device.

If the device is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

Before using the product, make sure all cables are correctly connected. If you detect any damage, contact your dealer immediately.

To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from connectors, sockets and circuitry.

Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Do not place the product in any area where it may become wet.

Place the product on a stable surface.

If you encounter technical problems with the product, contact a qualified service technician or your retailer.

This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. 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. “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.

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1.Introduction

1.1Package contents

ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 card

ASUS Xonar H6 DAC extension board (ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe only)

H6 extension board cable x1

HDMI cable x1

DVI-to-HDMIcable x1

Stereo RCA-to-3.5mmcable x4

S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter x1

Support CD (including ASUS Gamer OSD and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)

Quick installation guide

TotalMedia Theatre Bluray Disc/HD-DVDSoftware Player (ArcSoft) CD

1.2System requirements

One DVI/HDMI graphics output

One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the HDAV card, and one adjacent slot for the H6 DAC extension board

One available 4-pinpower cable from PC’s power supply unit

Microsoft® Windows® Vista/ XP(32/64bit)/ MCE2005

Intel® Pentium® 4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU

256 MB DRAM system memory

100 MB available HDD space for driver installation package

Blu-ray/HD-DVDROM

An HDMI-readyAV receiver or TV/monitor set (v.1.3 is better), home theater system,high-qualityheadphones, or powered analog speakers, to enjoy theultra-highfidelity audio and video of the AV card

ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3

 

1.3Specifications summary

Items

Description

Main Chipset

 

Audio Processor

ASUS AV200 High-DefinitionAudio Processor (Max.

192KHz/24bit)

 

Video Processor

ASUS Splendid HD Video Processor

 

TI Burr-BrownPCM1796 *1 on AV card;

24-bitD-AConverter of Digital Sources:

*3 on H6 DAC Extension Board

 

(123dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)

24-bitA-DConverter for Analog Inputs: Output Audio OPAs

Analog Audio Performance

Cirrus-LogicCS5381* 1(120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)

Swappable DIP-typed NS LM4562 *4 (Ultra low THD+N~ 0.00003%)

Output Signal-to-NoiseRatio(A-Weighted):

Up to 120 dB for all channels

 

 

Input Signal-to-NoiseRatio(A-Weighted):

Up to 118 dB

Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at

Up to 0.0004% (-108dB)

1KHz:

 

Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1KHz:

Up to 0.0003% (-110dB)

Frequency Response (-3dB,24-bit/96kHzinput ):

<10Hz to 46kHz

DAC Cross-talkat 1KHz:

Down to -130dB

ADC Cross-talkat 1KHz:

Down to -115dB

Output/Input Full-ScaleVoltage

-2.2Vrms (6.22Vp-p)for output

-2.0Vrms (5.65Vp-p)for input

 

Bus Compatibility

 

 

-PCIExpress Rev.1.0a specification compatible

PCI Express

-Max.full 2.5Gbps bandwidth per direction and optimized

latency for high-definitionaudio processing

 

 

-Compatiblewith X1, X4, X8, X16 PCI Express slots

Sample Rate and Resolution

 

 

-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz@ 16/24bit PCM

HDMI 1.3 Playback Sample Rate and Resolution

-DolbyDigital /EX, DTS 5.1/ESpass-through

 

-DolbyTrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, andDTS-HDMaster

 

Audio pass-throughupgradeable by TotalMedia player

Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution

44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

 

 

Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution

44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

S/PDIF Digital Output

-44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz@ 16/24bit PCM

-DolbyDigital /EX, DTS 5.1/ESpass-through

 

S/PDIF Digital Input

44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

I/O Ports

 

HDMI Ports

HDMI-OutType A *1

HDMI-InType A *1

 

Analog Output Jack:

RCA jack *2 (Front L/R)

RCA jack *6 (Side/Back L/R, Center, Subwoofer)

 

Analog Input Jack:

3.50mm mini jack *1 (Line-In/Mic-Inshared)

 

-Forconnectingheadphone/front-outjack andmic-injack

Front-PanelHeader

on the front-panelof the PC case

-Workswith both Intel HD Audio and AC97 standard frontpanels (2 x5 pins)

Other Line-levelAnalog Input (forCD-IN/TV

Aux-In4-pinheader

Tuner):

Digital S/PDIF Output

Coaxial and high-bandwidthTOSLINK optical combo connector supports 192KHz/24bit

Digital S/PDIF Input

High-bandwidthTOSLINK optical connector (shared with

Line-In/Mic-Injack) supports 192KHz/24bit

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ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3

Driver Features

Operation System

Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in real-

 

Dolby Digital Live

time to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your

 

home theater environment through one single S/PDIF

 

 

 

 

connection

 

 

Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music,

Dolby Headphone

watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel

surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of

 

 

stereo headphones.

 

Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic

 

Dolby Virtual Speaker

5.1-speakersurround sound listening environment from as

 

 

few as two speakers.

 

 

Dolby Pro-LogicII is thewell-knowntechnology to process

Dolby Pro-LogicIIx

any native stereo or 5.1-channelaudio into a 6.1- or 7.1-

channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround

 

 

soundfield.

 

DTS® Connect contains DTS Interactive Encoder and DTS

 

 

Neo:PC technologies. DTS Interactive encodes any sound

 

DTS Connect Technologies

on PC to “DTS 5.1 Surround” high bitrate digital stream to

 

your home theater through S/PDIF connection. DTS

 

 

 

 

 

Neo:PC can convert stereo audio into 5.1 or 7.1-channel

 

 

high-fidelitysurround sounds.

 

 

-DS3DGX 2.0 supports EAX gaming sound effects and

DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.0 & 1.0 (DS3D

DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions for more games

on Windows Vista & XP. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)

GX 2.0)

-DS3DGX 2.0 adds latest VocalFX voice effects for online

 

 

gaming or chatting.

 

Xonar DX provides VocalFX, the latest vocal effect technologies

 

for gaming and VoIP, including:

 

-VoiceEX:produces vivid environmental reverberation for your

 

voice in EAX games

VocalFXTM

-ChatEX:emulates different background environment effects

 

when you chat online

 

-MagicVoice: changes your voice pitch to different types

 

(Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for

 

fun in online chatting

 

Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant

Smart Volume Normalizer

level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and

 

advantages in gaming

 

Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation

 

 

Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)

(AEC) for best voice conferencing quality in VOIP

 

 

 

applications or online gaming

 

 

Karaoke Functions

Music Key-Shiftingand Microphone Echo effects

 

 

 

FlexBass

Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system for

 

small or large speakers

 

 

 

 

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter

Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning and shifting to adjust the

optimum soundfield for your speaker placement

 

Other Effects

10-bandEqualier/27 Environment Effects

 

 

DirectSound3D® GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX®2.0&1.0,

 

3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs

DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL

 

 

generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability

 

ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:

44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit

 

Software Utility

 

 

 

 

 

TotalMedia Theatre

7.1-chBluraydisc/HD-DVD/DVDmovie player supports HD

video/audio decoding

 

ASUS Gamer OSD

On-screen-displayutility for gaming

 

RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6

Easy but powerful software intended for testing the quality

of audio equipments

 

Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

-H6Extension Board cable (for connecting HDAV card and

 

extension board) *1

Accessories

-DVI-to-HDMIcable *1

 

-StereoRCA-to-3.5mmcable * 4

 

-S/PDIFTOSLINK optical adaptor *2

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.

ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3

2.Hardware overview

2.1Xonar HDAV card layout

 

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10

 

5

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

No

Item

Description

 

 

1

HDMI In port

Connects to the DVI port of a graphics card using the

 

 

 

bundled HDMI-to-DVIcable for DVI signal transmission, or

 

 

connects to the HDMI Out port of an HDMI graphics card

 

 

using an HDMI cable.

 

 

2

HDMI Out port

Connects to a device with HDMI support.

 

3

S/PDIF Out port

Coaxial and optical TOSLINK combo digital output port.

 

 

Connects to an external digital decoder or digital speaker

 

 

systems, Home Theater systems, AV receivers for outputting

 

 

digital audio including PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA-Pro,

 

 

etc.

 

 

4

Front Right Out port

Connect the Right audio cable (red) from your 2/2.1 channel

 

 

speakers to this port. For multi-channelspeaker systems,

 

 

connects to the Front Right In port on the powered speakers.

5

Front Left Out port

Connect the Left audio cable (white) from your 2/2.1 channel

 

 

speakers to this port. For multi-channelspeaker systems,

 

 

connects to the Front Right In port on the powered speakers.

6 Microphone In port

6 Line In port

Connect your external PC microphone to this 3.5mm port for voice input. Built-inhigh-qualityMicrophonepre-amplifier.

Connect analog devices like MP3 players, CD players, music synthesizers and other line-levelsound sources to this 3.5mm port for audio recording or processing. (ThroughUltra-highfidelity 115dB SNRA-Dconverter)

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ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3