My DSX just arrived, and I'm really mixed about its performance and wondered if you had any advice. I thought it was a little risky because my speakers are merely good, not phenomenal. (I have a Z-5300 5.1 system.) I took the gamble and bought the card, and the sound is great—but I can only enjoy it from two speakers.
I've played around with the control panel, and I've tried the "Unified" (read: modded) drivers, but both give me a confusing, ugly, insane interface full of options that only muddy up the sound. I bought the card for the hardware, but the software makes it difficult or impossible to do what I could do with built-in motherboard audio.
I'd like to listen to stereo audio sources (movies, music, YouTube videos, whatever) and hear it on all five monitors. I'd also like to jump into Skyrim and hear enemies approaching from behind. With my integrated motherboard audio, this was easy, but those options don't show up in the Windows properties for the DSX, and the DSX control panel itself is horrible. It seems they want me to reconfigure my audio settings every time I change my audio source. (Let's not even get into how that precludes me playing music and Skyrim simultaneously.)
Am I missing something about the drivers? Is there any way to let a generic driver take over and just enjoy the higher-quality DACs? I don't care about headphone performance, and I don't care about SPDIF encoding or any such thing. The sound quality is a nice jump up from my integrated audio, but I'm afraid I might have to return the card because it "breaks my workflow" as it were.
Thanks for any tips!