Asustek Xonar D1 PCI Low Profile Sound Card
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- Xonar DX also provides complete valuable Dolby Home Theater technologies for games and all home entertainments:
- 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.
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
The improvement over on-board sound is staggeringly good, and that's just through a normal nothing special 2.0 speaker system. The card and it's software package gives you that many options to enhance what you've got that you're almost gauranteed to find the quality and level of improvement imense.
After installating the card in the pc (a simple enough task in itself), i went through the hardware manager to disable the on-board sound, downloaded the latest patch from the ASUS website, and job done. Very simple task indeed. I have Windows 7 64 bit, and the card works with this OS without any problems at all.
My next task is to upgrade my speakers to really get the benefit of what is a fantastic sound card.
When it came I installed it and loaded the software. I noticed the difference straight away, so much better and as gamer and being stuck without sound for more than 10 days for gaming, music and other things had been a nightmare.
Three years on it is working fine, I have not tweaked with the software and settings but it has brought life into an old 2006 pc and I will have a spare sound card if this PC breaks down before the sound card. Games and music and sound is much better as stated before. I paid £53 for this item so about the same price currently.
I am happy with it as I play more games, music and you tube video files than ever.
So the only bad point is don't order in the winter if you sound has been knocked off as it may be delayed, otherwise the card itself should work great.
I have tried various makers over the years and wanted to give Asus purely as an experiment and to try something new.
Overall I have to say that the output quality is notably superior to on-board motherboard chipsets, but you need to have either decent speakers of headphones to really appreciate it, a super budget set of speakers will waste the potential of the card. This is a PCI card, so make sure you have a PCI slot spare no additional power is needed.
Driver support is good from Asus it works right the way from Windows XP, Vista 32/64, Win 7 32/64 and Windows 8/8.1
But it's not perfect there are a few quirks with the card:
Firstly you'll hear the relays inside the card when starting up (clicking) not a major problem
Once in a while I get a crack on the speakers not that often but it does happen now and then (ie when I'm not doing anything in particular too)
Front panel output (there is a connector on the board for your case) has to be switched manually via the Asus Audio Centre options
In terms of sound output the Xonar D1 sounds fantastic the SNR ratio is top quality 116 dB
Solid capacitors on the board
Supports up to 7.1 surround speakers, S/PDIF and an adapter are included in the box
You get Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker (where you position the speakers via the software to chance the sound), Dolby Pro-Logic IIx,
I find the Asus software ok, the panel is logical and allows you to change settings on the card fairly extensively, this can make a huge difference to the sound so experiment it's worth it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredible sound production, 10x better than on board audio and paired with Sennheiser HD518, this thing rocks! Read morePublished 7 months ago by lloyd
This is a huge improvement over the onboard sound on my motherboard.Published 19 months ago by Martin Collings
Great to get a card that works flawlessly with the standard front panel connector. No issues with drivers and the software looks fairly modern and clean (Using Win 7).Published 19 months ago by Douglas
Great sound quality and real cheap. The Dolby side of things are a little weird as it makes headphones sound like they have a lot of reverb. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by MR BJ WILSON
This card is great in that it is low profile, PCI, and has Optical Audio Out which were the main considerations for me. Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by MDS
What more can I say about this, it does what it is supposed to do and does it well. Good product.Published on 30 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Martin Brereton