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Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus 7.1 PCI Express Soundcard

by ASUS

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  • ROG Command technology effectively reduces up to 50% of environmental noise
  • Embrace exceptional sound quality for the win with 118dB SNR clarity and a headphone amplifier
  • Control box within easy reach for instant volume tuning and headset connections
  • Enjoy effortless adjustment with the new Xonar Audio Center
  • Realistic surround and enhanced sound thanks to Dolby® Home Theater V4 and the GX 3.0 game audio engine
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Technical Details
BrandASUS
Item Weight699 g
Product Dimensions37.3 x 10 x 8 cm
Item model numberXonar_Phoebus
  
Additional Information
ASINB007ZTILC8
Best Sellers Rank 28,347 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available2 May 2012
  
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Gamers often face noisy conditions that drown out voices during online multiplayer gaming. This creates lack of clarity and confusion within squads, leading to lower win ratios. Exclusive ROG Command technology offers the world's first design to specifically bring noise cancellation to a gaming soundcard set, as designed by the Xonar team. Intelligent sound detection algorithms and array microphones (two on the dedicated control box) enable up to 50% ambient noise reduction, effectively turning loud locations such as LAN parties into something as quiet as a lab. The technology works equally well whether using an external microphone or the microphones embedded into the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box. Gamers benefit from being able to communicate and coordinate with team members clearly and with greater precision, adding to enjoyment and win ratios.

ROG Xonar Phoebus utilizes a stylish and effective EMI shield and ASUS exclusive Hyper Grounding technology to ensure reduced electromagnetic interference. Based on the experience of Xonar professionals, Hyper Grounding technology brings ASUS motherboard expertise to audio products with a multi-layer PCB that helps block noise from nearby components and the power supply to render more lifelike and extra clear sound. The PCM1796 digital-to-analog converter on ROG Xonar Phoebus delivers clear and crisp 118 dB SNR high fidelity audio. The new soundcard's SNR profile therefore outperforms competing gaming audio products by a factor of four, and onboard audio by an impressive 32 times. It excels in total harmonic distortion (THD) performance, with a miniscule 0.00039% of sound output experiencing distortion.

Since many gamers choose headphones to refrain from disturbing others while insisting on the best sound quality and privacy, ROG and Xonar teams integrated the top-flight TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier on ROG Xonar Phoebus, driving up to 600 ohm impedance for genuinely impactful headphone output.

Clad in the trademark ROG red and black color scheme, the ROG Xonar Phoebus control box offers gamers improved response and convenience. Connected to the card via the back I/O, the control box can be placed on the desk so it remains within easy reach. Gamers can then adjust volume and mute quickly without bringing up game or operating system menus, or having to hunt around for display remote controls. The control box further offers microphone and headphone connectors, making connections easier.

ROG Xonar Phoebus includes one-click activation of Dolby Home Theater V4, helping enhance audio through complete compatibility with new sound processing technologies. The latest standard offers greatly improved surround, with smart sound enhancement and a more user-friendly approach to high end audio. The exclusive ASUS GX 3.0 game audio engine has also been integrated, offering EAX compatibility to ensure boosted game sound, a wider range of simultaneous sound effects, and overall clearer sonic performance in every PC game.

ROG Xonar Phoebus presents the first soundcard set from ROG, the ASUS division entirely devoted to gaming as a lifestyle and branch of pioneering technology. This launch coincides with ROG's fifth anniversary, and delivers the results of cooperation between ROG gaming philosophy and innovative Xonar PC audio experts. As such, ROG Xonar Phoebus offers gamers enhanced sound custom-tailored to improving in-game experiences.

Box Contains

Control box x 1
Driver CD x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1
S/PDIF adaptor x 1
ATX 4P-to-6P power cable x 1

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Uber on 8 Oct 2012
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Have been an avid PC gamer for some years and have changed my PC spec time and time again. Was looking for a good gaming soundcard as my older soundcard gave up the ghost, Did alot of investigation into the latest tech and came across the Asus Phoebus. Specs and card looked awesome and the original teething problems with drivers looked to be solved with a beta driver update. Installed the card and updated drivers and tried BF3, awesome sounds from gunfire to explosions. Changed to MW3 and bang kicked out to desktop, tried S/P and M/P with the same results. Out of 5 different games only 1 would work BF3, un-installed driver and wow games would run without a problem. Did a fresh install of wind 7 (ultimate) but to no avail same thing happened every time, the card in the specs is great but with poor drivers and no look of anything getting updated is in my opinion a serious flaw. I eventually sent my card back under the 30 day returns policy but may indeed buy this card again if or when they address the serious driver flaws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By boyyo on 14 July 2012
You could go with almost any Xonar sound card if you're looking for an upgrade from your crappy onboard device, but if you want to go a bit further you should consider the Phoebus; especially if your main activity is gaming. To make it brief I've compiled a list of some key features I like about this card:

+ Exceptional sound in film and music
+ Great feeling from games using GX3.0
+ The headphone amplifier, which has replaced my previous amps
+ The volume controller and its mic + sound feature
+ The drivers
+ The design

Of course, as pointed out by others and is still an issue as far as I know, is the driver issues with games running through punkbuster. I feel that it is a big setback for a high-end gaming soundcard. However, I feel that it would be unfair to give it less points as it is an issue which will most likely be resolved shortly by ASUS (said to be done by mid-July). What is most important is the initial impression of this card and how it performs overall. I would recommend this card to gamers, but even those who aren't really game enthusiasts as it may be a considerable equivalent to STX or Titanium HD if you are looking for a 7.1 capable card over one which is 2.0. However, if you are playing Battlefield 3 and such, I would suggest that you wait with buying the card until the issue with such games has been fixed/patched; what you gain from the wait is most likely a lowered price and a better initial impression once you do get it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mauserk98 on 20 Jun 2012
The sound from this card is lovely just take my word for it ,and yes its not cheap to buy but the features are great if you like playing games .

Now for the "BUT" ,it seems to have a driver issue that stops you playing some games on line (bf3 being one).This is a total shame gived that is basicly the purpose of this card and hopefully there will be an update soon too sort this out .

So no 5 stars yet !!
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Bought 2 of these for both myself and my sons gaming rig, works great straight out the box with latest driver. Just remember to disable onboard audio within BIOS and when downloading latest graphics driver, check custom install and uncheck HD Audio driver as well. Then configure it within windows and when using software it comes with right click the various settings and configure it there as well. Sounds great and with a good set of speakers and amplifier even better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Parmenter on 20 Jan 2013
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I buy ASUS notherboards because they reliable and come with the appropriate software. The Phoebus is good hardware with one critical exception - the optical output jack and the 7.1 analogue side speaker jack are one and the same jack. So if you have a 7.1 speaker setup, as I do, and wish to use the digital output as well, as I do, WIHTOUT messing around pulling connectors in and out then you are out of luck.

The software. As a professional programmer I just cannot see how the software under went any testing that is commensurate with the term professional. The software to configure the hardware is not simple and direct for a user to achieve their basic goals. One cannot even resize the damn window - a typical Microsoft behaviour; this really is a symptom of lazy programming with no regard to the user.

One other problem I am having is that everytime I switch on the PC I am having to test the analogue speaker setup to check that each individual speaker is still assigned to its proper position eg the side speaker is still outputting the appropriate side channel. Quite frequently I have to change the 3 audio leads, between the card and the speaker system, around to get back to the proper arrangement. This means that the software is, on start up is changing the jacks output audio channels - thankfully the optical cum analogue jack seems to be not affected.

All in all, do not buy this hardware.
I hear the cheaper ASUS cards are much more mature and reliable and just as good; a more cost effective solution.
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