ASUS Xonar DG 5.1

Hey guys,

So, I just picked myself up an ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Sound Card and from first testing it out I've run into some problems that puzzle me.

When listening to iTunes (music), watching youtube videos, or using VLC (movies) the volume is great for both my 5.1 speakers and FP Headphones settings in the ASUS control panel.

However, when I want to play any games through Steam or Origin, the volume is significantly quieter on either speakers or headphones. Even games that don't run through those clients also have significantly lower volumes (League of Legends, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, etc.)

I have went through every setting in the ASUS control panel and have made sure that all my levels match those in speaker properties. In my volume mixer, everything is at the same level as each other so I don't know why my games are so quiet.

I switched back to my onboard sound and could not replicate the problem but obviously I got the card so I could have better audio.

Also, The SVN and GX settings in the ASUS control panel do not help the issue.

Am I looking over something?

Thanks for any help!
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    Odd...I know VLC has a VERY high volume output though, especially compared to other programs [Winamp is the exact opposite]. So I could see VLC being louder then other apps for sure...

    You can check the individual speaker levels thought the ASUS Control Panel; I believe they default to a few ticks below max levels, so that could help out a bit.

    Assuming you are using the headphones through the Headphone Amp, you can try increasing the gain, which should fix the volume issue on that end.
  2. Hey Gamer,

    Thanks for the reply. The headphones are working no problem with the increase in gain and yes I am using through the amp.

    As for the levels on speakers I was able to get a better middle ground for apps globally. Games still run quieter, but not as bad as they used to be. I can live with increasing the volume for gaming by a few clicks as opposed to seriously vamping up the volume like I had to before.

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