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Xonar SE playback device keeps reverting to Headphones

mekler22
Level 7
Hi,

In order to change it back to Speakers (which actually gives better and louder sound), I have to open Xonar Audio Center and click on "speakers".
That's stupid.
Please let me know if you have a solution for this. I scoured the internet but came up empty so far.

Thanks!
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quexos
Level 7
It's the drivers, there is no fix, and it's been years without a driver update. Asus has no intention of even acknowledging the existence of their own sound cards, let alone fixing their broken drivers.

You can go to the Headphone Settings and set the Gain to medium (seems closest to speakers) or high and it will be loud enough, but if I understand correctly (someone correct me if I'm wrong) using the Headphone output bypasses the Realtek ALC1220X codec/dac and you lose the advertised low noise:

"Realtek ALC1220X codec delivers a crystal clear 116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)"

quexos
Level 7
There is a new driver package (04 AUG 2021) with the same driver version, but the following comment was added:
"save output setting in win10." Maybe they've fixed the problem with not remembering the output setting?

EDIT: Confirmed, it now not remembers setting, but autoruns and resets it to "Speakers" after a shut down and clean boot...IF...you leave Xonar Audio Center.exe starting at boot time (annoying hack!) via:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"XonarSE"="C:\\Program Files\\ASUS\\Xonar SoundCard\\Xonar Audio Center.exe /d /h"