First time posting here, so I apologize if this is in the wrong place or should have been added to an existing thread, but I have yet to read a post involving the specific list of issues I am having here.
I bought an essence stx as part of my first build. I'll be honest, I bought it cause an audiophile recommended it, as I can tell sound quality when I hear it, but know very little about the technology behind it. I have since learned a few things, but I'm still no guru.
Anyway, here's the deal. I am unable to get any sound out of the RCA/Stereo outputs in the card. In order to use my speakers I had to rig them with a 3.5mm splitter, swap out my headphones, and plug them into the headphone port. When I do this, the sound quality isn't great and I'm pretty sure all my audio runs in mono. That's just problem one.
The other problem is that the software that controls the card has absolutely ZERO influence on which analog output is being used. In fact, the only outputs that work successfully are the rear headphone jack and the front headphone jack. When I have guessed which one the sound card has decided to use after a new boot (I'll get to THAT in a second), I can pretty much select any output in the software and get audio (still not sure if that selection has an effect on quality).
Here's where it gets weirder: when the front output of the card is active, the rear one will not be and vice-versa. That is to say that if I'm getting audio from the front headphone port, and decide, for the hell of it, that I want to plug into the rear headphone port, I'm SOL (and.. vice versa). Weirder still is that the card randomly changes between the two every time I reboot my computer. Now, when I have my headphones in the one that is working, it sounds pretty good. However, I chose to pay a premium price for a premium product that functions CORRECTLY. Does anyone have any idea what kind of techno-voodoo spell is wackin-out my sound card? Because I am BEYOND stumped. Thanks!