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ASUS Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card

by ASUS

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  • Built-in Headphone AMP
  • Powers up every sound detail in gaming
  • 3 gain modes for different usage scenarios
  • Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
  • GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects
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BrandASUS
Item Weight558 g
Product Dimensions28 x 19 x 6 cm
Item model numberXONAR_DG
  
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ASINB003ZXDOL6
Best Sellers Rank 4,862 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight649 g
Date First Available24 Sep 2010
  
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The Xonar DG sound card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround with ASUS’ own GX 2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headset amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DG an ideal sound card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their play environments.

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1 x Driver CD
Quick Start Guide
Low Profile Bracket
XONAR DG Soundcard

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jontayinyourfeet on 12 July 2011
I was skeptical to say the least, I'm quite the audio-enthusiast and was looking for a card that wouldn't break the banks after recently building a new home media/gaming computer.

I was shocked frankly. Granted I do have a nice healthy set of headphones and speakers to go with it, and am unsure on the effects of lower-priced alternatives. But, with on-board sound, high volumes had terrible hissing, the bass was flat, the sound became distorted at certain volumes.

>Plug in card >Boot up >install drivers. Turn speakers on at the old sound level, BLEW MY MIND. It was extremely loud, I now have my speaker notch so incredibly low it's insane :|. The bass actually packs a punch, it's not some pathetic fizzly thud, it has oomph. My movies are more enjoyable, my gaming is that bit more enjoyable also.

Headphones, you can certainly notice a difference. Again, silence, no electric hissing or anything. The 3 settings provided, e.g. VoIP, enthusiast, are really great in my opinion. I can turn my bass up without distortion or destroying the rest of my songs detail. The sound is much clearer, and crisper, and the highs are much better than my on-board realtek.

So, in short. This was a great buy for me and I have no regrets, for the price, it does pack a punch and certainly offers benefits over your typical on-board solutions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Carter on 28 Jan 2013
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Considering the price this card is great value and it works well under Windows 7, although I'm not a fan of the naff Winamp style user interface (it pretends it's a stereo, which was an exciting UI concept in 1997). It could also do with support for hotkeys, so you could switch the output from front panel to rear outputs (headphone to speaker) without opening the UI.

The headphone amp works well in Windows and I use it to drive some 80 ohm headphones and they sound great.

The main issue I have with it is the lack of driver support for Linux, something which is not going to get addressed according to what I've read in the Pulseaudio formums and elsewhere. The rear connector works (I'm listening to it now) but the front panel output and the headphone amp do not. So if you're planning on using Linux then go for something else.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Filipe Freitas on 18 Jun 2011
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I bought this sound card to replace my soundblaster audigy 2. It never worked properly with Win7. I now have full surround sound (5.1) with awesome sound power and quality. Best choice I made! :)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lee on 31 July 2011
I'm currently only using this soundcard to play the audio through the optical output to my home theatre system when watching movies, and so far its proved 100% perfect, not had sound drop-outs/distortion or anything so rating this 5* as cannot find any floors. HOWEVER, did have a bit of a nightmare getting this to install correctly in Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, once I installed the card and booted up the PC, Windows updates auto-downloaded the driver (great) but didnt instal the Xonar audio software (not so great!) so the card wouldnt work at all. So inserted the CD that comes wth the card and tried to install the software from there and received error "please insert sound card" (?? - it is!). I read a few forums on www with other people with this same issue - however i found in the end all i needed to do was manually download the latest drivers from the Asus Xonar website and manually install them, once this was done it was all fine - just a heads up in case you find this same issue!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. King on 8 Oct 2011
This is the best £26 I've spent in a while. I've been playing games in stereo for decades and just recently wondered how much better it might be playing things like Battlefield 2 Bad Company with surround sound. I had no idea what I've been missing! Its so much more immersive. So much more depth - all around. And that BASS! The sound of chopper blades or weapons fire have a whole new life of their own. I'm using some basic headphones just now and its so impressive. Cant wait to hear how much better it can be with some high quality headphones. And its great for playing late at night too. Cant believe what a world I've been playing with all hell breaking loose at massive volumes. And its 1am! Outside of the headphones barely a squeak can be heard. Fantastic. Also worth mentioning that I could have bought the card for less elsewhere but buy the time their P&P was added on it was close to Amazons price and I could get it the next day with Amazon Prime! Very Happy am I 8^)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman W on 20 Jan 2014
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I had this card for ca 18 months, when it failed. Asus offers a three year warranty on sound cards, but when buying through Amazon, making use of this warranty is practically impossible:

1. Amazon claims it offers only a 1 year warranty and is not interested in the fact that this particular product comes with a 3 year warranty
2. Asus insists on the customer going through the reseller (Amazon) and is not interested in the fact that Amazon ignores the warranty terms.

With the two parties playing ping-poing with the customer (me), my sound card is dead and I need to use the on-board sound...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K H on 23 Jan 2012
Got one of these to upgrade my PC from the onboard sound which was decent, but not spectacular...

Difference in games (BF3, L4D2 etc) on the Creative 5.1 speakers (about £60-£70's worth when new) I have was definately noticeable, everything that bit sharper and punchier in the mid tones, treble is clearer, my bass speaker isn't that good so I cant tell how much difference it made there.

Headphone amp works well, got 2 sets of headphones, 1 reckons its got additional bass drivers, the other is normal crappy Ross.
The sound is much richer, and the whole range is better in general.

I do like my sounds but I wouldn't call myself a full on audiophile... I'm sure audiophiles with £200-£400 speakers will say this is ok but not good enough...
...well they will be buying £50-£100+ cards...

for £20 I think its a very good value upgrade over onboard.

PS I am using the sound card AND onboard... sound card runs 5.1 (or gaming headset when needing silence in the room), the onboard runs a comms set for Ventrilo. no driver issues.. ;-)
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