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Asustek Xonar DX/XD PCI-E Low Profile Sound Card

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  • DS3D GX 2.0 not only revives EAX and DirectSound effects in games on Windows Vista as GX 1.0, but also incorporates Dolby Home Theater Technologies (Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby PrologicIIX) to provide best gaming audio experience.
  • VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice communication on PC.
  • The noise on Xonar DX audio card is only 1/35 (2.8%) of the noise level from most motherboard onboard audio. In addition, Xonar DX also produces as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion from motherboard audio does (-75dB).
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BrandASUSTek
Item Weight649 g
Product Dimensions6.9 x 16.8 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberXONAR_DX/XD/A / 90-YAA060-1UAN00Z
  
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ASINB00198DM2K
Best Sellers Rank 42,973 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight662 g
Date First Available9 May 2008
  
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XONAR DX/XD PCIE Low profile

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XONAR DX/XD PCIE Low profile

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ding Ding Shi on 2 Jan 2014
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This is a quite old model from Asus. There are plenty reviews already, but I thought it is fair to write a new one since the software has changed a lot and a good summary maybe more helpful.

The goodness of the Asus Xonar DX:
1. It is a low profile card. For full/mid tower, it creates very little blockage of airflow which is good for most gamers. Especially good for the people running SLi/XFire. And it will fit a slim case using the adaptor provided.
2. The sound quality is well worth the price. You probably won't be able to find a second card does such a good job of punching the low and crystal the high. Many of the cards in the price bracket of 80-100 pounds can't even beat this card.
3. Surround, it indeed lacks of true support of EAX5.0, THX cert etc. But in games and movies, the Dolby Digital surround with this card does a pretty job. As a few reviewer called it out, you probably won't feel any difference. With the price tag in mind, this is probably much more worthy than getting a creative card.

The badness of Xonar DX:
1. The card came with a CD driver, which is very out dated. The asus website isn't doing a very good job helping you download the latest driver. From the support page the Xonar DX page will return you Error. You'll need to go to the download page or product page to get the latest driver.
2. Front Audio jack is not auto detectable. To use the front audio you need to manually select the output in the control center. Which can be quite painful as it takes a good few click to get to.
3. Volume control doesn't work from the Asus software. Every other feature worked, just not the volume control.

The arguable aspects:
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By flying scampi on 11 Dec 2012
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I'd bought a decent set headphones and thought they sounded a bit 'woolly' with the onboard VIA sound chip that came with my ASUS motherboard.

After doing a round of Internet reviews, I settled on the Asus Xonar DX as an attractively priced sound card where the sound quality was compared to products costing far more. A review at techreport.com from 2008 was the best review I found (it's old but sound card technology improves at a much slower pace).

From reading the user reviews however, it became apparent that many people were having technical difficulties installing the card so I made sure I was well prepared before starting the installation:

1. Disable onboard sound

To avoid conflicts, it is good practice to disable the onboard sound first. To do this, boot into the operating system and remove all the existing audio software especially the driver/codec.

Reboot the computer into BIOS setup and disable the onboard sound (on my ASUS motherboard, this was called 'HDA' for High Definition Audio).

Boot into the operating system to check that no sound components are discovered (if all is well, the loudspeaker icon on the task bar will have a red cross over it).

Shutdown the computer.

2. Physical Installation

The card has a PCIe x1 connector which is very short and therefore it's easy to pull the card out of the socket when tightening the screw holding the adapter plate. On my installation I found that it helped to loosen the two small screws securing the adapter plate to the card and gently pulling the top of the adapter plate away from the card before re-tightening the screws. This helped the adapter seat better in the socket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 4 Nov 2013
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The sound from my onboard ALC887 card coupled with a relatively cheap Panasonic 5.1 surround sound was grand for music but absolutely appalling for movies. I wasn't sure which was to blame. I read all the forums, all the blogs. Still couldn't pin which was at fault. So after humming and hawing eventually decided to take the plunge. I'm glad to report it was definitely worth it. The card comes with an adaptor for optical input/TOSLINK and a standard aux cable. I'm using the adapter with optical input to great success. Also it was recommended to use a different set of driver which I downloaded and installed with no problems, without looking at drivers in box. The ASUS drivers are apparently quite dodgy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. White TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 July 2011
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I've always had one of the creative Live/X-Fi series, and frankly there was always something a bit uninspired about Creative's sound quality. This Asus Xonar DX is anything but uninspired - with bright, open ly transparent definition and exceptional range of sound and a lively expansive sound-stage. It's almost as if Creative were sleeping on the job and Asus noticed there was a gap in the market for remarkably brilliant sound quality at an affordable price. And thus the Xonar DX, & its siblings were born.

Installation was an utter breeze: a joy in itself even! The fact that it needed its own power lead was absolutely ease in itself to do - I simply connected the spare floppy power lead from my psu to the case into the Xonar DX after sitting it into the PCI-Express slot, then I closed the case, installed the drivers and was 100% good to go. Anyone who complains about having to put the spare power wire into this Xonar DX is really raising an issue about nothing! It took just three seconds to attach the spare floppy wire into the Xonar DX. Honestly... you just can't please all the people all the time, no matter what.

Since buying it I've also (like some other reviewers) spent countless hours re-listening to music in my collection and even was able to discern the odd lyric which was formally obscured by Creative's lacklustre soundstage. All that I'm left regretting was that I'd not purchased this DX sooner. I mostly use it with Grado headphones which perfectly complement the quality of sound on offer here. Creative deserve a good 'boot up their roots' for not giving people the best quality sound while letting the competitors in to do just that. Please do give Asus the business for bravely seizing the opportunity to give us what we consumers want: great sound at a great price! Full marks.
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