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Xonar U5 No way to get 5.1 SPDIF

FlauzerOriginal
Level 7

Hi all.... Xonar U5 external and W10. I've tried everything. Clean installs, install reinstalls, searched for alternative drivers...(uni.maxedtech.com ...no U5 supported...) any tricks or anything to get the 5.1 out of this card.

There's no way to get 5.1 from the digital output. Incredible!
Is there anyone in the same situation as me? Thank you.

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FlauzerOriginal
Level 7

I answer myself,  😊 so I hope to be of help to someone in my situation.
It is not true that "Asus U5 doesn't have 5.1 in SPDIF output". However, there is a lot of confusion and the software, windows, and all the acronyms of sound cards...certainly don't help.

In short, this card (in this thread we talk about SPDIF output), supports 5.1 ...but only compressed audio files (DTS or ADT only). So you can try AC3 and DTS. (thx ASUS).

Now comes the fun part. How do you try it?
Forget Sonic Studio. It is useless and DOES NOT WORK in this case.
Forget Windows for now.

I recommend using VLC before embarking on a million players. Simple and fast. But be careful, configure it (!). i.e. Tools->Preferences->Audio->HDMI/SPDIF audio passthrough enabled (the option is precisely ac3-dts).
Choose the SFPDIF audio output in W10 (precisely from the XONAR card) and it should be fine.
here  HERE  you will find some example files... dts too, but they don't all work, try different types, taken from several sites, at most a movie.

Greetings.

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FlauzerOriginal
Level 7

I answer myself,  😊 so I hope to be of help to someone in my situation.
It is not true that "Asus U5 doesn't have 5.1 in SPDIF output". However, there is a lot of confusion and the software, windows, and all the acronyms of sound cards...certainly don't help.

In short, this card (in this thread we talk about SPDIF output), supports 5.1 ...but only compressed audio files (DTS or ADT only). So you can try AC3 and DTS. (thx ASUS).

Now comes the fun part. How do you try it?
Forget Sonic Studio. It is useless and DOES NOT WORK in this case.
Forget Windows for now.

I recommend using VLC before embarking on a million players. Simple and fast. But be careful, configure it (!). i.e. Tools->Preferences->Audio->HDMI/SPDIF audio passthrough enabled (the option is precisely ac3-dts).
Choose the SFPDIF audio output in W10 (precisely from the XONAR card) and it should be fine.
here  HERE  you will find some example files... dts too, but they don't all work, try different types, taken from several sites, at most a movie.

Greetings.