3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a difference!,
This review is from: Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 Sound Card (PCI Express 1.0, Smart Volume Normalizer, Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter, Magic Voice) (Accessory)
I had my PC for about a year, I built it myself with an AsRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard, which has Realtek ALC898 built-in. This gives out perfectly fine audio, but I wanted to try something a bit better, so I wanted a budget sound card. I bought the Asus Xonar DGX elsewhere, but I wanted to review it on Amazon, where I'd normally buy my PC equipment.
After installing the card in the 1x PCIE slot, and then the driver after booting up Windows 7 64-bit(according to the manual that order is quite important, don't know if that's the issue other reviewers are causing). I fiddled with the audio software that comes with the driver, and the difference is astounding. The headphone amp is pretty useful, and the different mixer settings help when you switch between music and gaming.
The audio has much more punch and clarity overall, and the settings can be adjusted to suite what you are listening to. As it is a budget card, you should buy an equivalent set of headphones/speakers. £40+ headphones and maybe a slightly more expensive set of 5.1 speakers.
I haven't tried the Virtual 7.1 surround sound with games yet, but with movies it works very nicely. Not a massive impact, its not going to be as good as proper surround sound speakers, but its definitely worth trying, although it may not be to everyones tastes.
On a side note, the only flaw I can find, is that the software looks like it was designed in 1995, but it still functions perfectly well.