I got an ROG Centurion hoping for a really high quality DAC based on seeing ESS9601.
I installed latest drivers and app, but Windows 10 only offers me these choices from the sound driver: 16 bit, 44100 hz (CD quality) 16 bit, 48000 hz (DVD quality)
Is there any way to get anything better? I was hoping for at least 24 bit, 96000 hz (Studio quality) or maybe even 32 bit, 192000hz
In Windows, my driver says: ASUS ROG 7.1 Driver Provider: A-Volute Driver Date: 11/24/2016 Driver Version: 22.214.171.1245 ( If I search for anything else it always says I have the best driver installed. )
I have Sonic Studio v1.1.20 Sound Card FW v1.0.6 Control Box FW v1.3
Well, I guess I am out of luck. It appears that the Centurion control box uses a Realtek CM6210 chip which does 24/96 for Stereo, but only 16/48 for Multichannel. Too bad Realtek didn't design the chip to take 24/48 on multi-channel.
I got this headset for the 7.1 surround sound. I don't plan to put them in stereo mode, so will just leave them in 16/48 mode all the time, for games and 5.1 / 7.1 music. (Yes, there is a limited selection of surround sound music available.) Most of the 5.1 & 7.1 music comes from Bluray and is 24bit sampled, so it is a shame that this DSP chip in the controller can't support that.
I have a better DAC and better stereo only headphones when I want to listen to stereo music.
I have a Soundblaster X3 that can do 32/96 Surround sound to a Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset that I was using before. The audio sounds slightly clearer at the higher bit depth and sampling frequency, but I am sticking with the ROG Centurion because: * It has richer/deeper bass than the Tiamats * The Sonic Studio VU meters are very handy * The Centurion beta firmware has that crossmix feature to convert 5.0 sound into 5.1 (driving the subwoofers) for some games and music that lacks LFE/sub encoding.
I am finding that the beta firmware feature to drive the subwoofer (when source audio lacks LFE encoding) only works in headset mode. I wish I could use that feature with the speakers out as well to drive some home theater speakers.
I realize that this is a discontinued product (although they are still available from Amazon) , so I don't really have any hope of any new (software/firmware) features being added...