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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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BrandASUSTek
Item Weight599 g
Product Dimensions28 x 19 x 6 cm
Item model number90-YAA0B0-0UAN0BZ
  
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ASINB001E17JCG
Best Sellers Rank 49,982 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight621 g
Date First Available1 Jan. 2007
  
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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 Theatre Technologies

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XONAR D1 Low Profile PCI

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Spent an awfull amount of time researching sound cards prior to selecting this one. And having recently bought a new pc and speced that up i thought that would be easy! However, from the reviews i could find (all seemed old in comparison to reviews of the latest graphics cards and processors) this card represented fantastic value for the money.
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.
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I bought this item on December 12th 2010. Then we had the worst winter weather on record and this item was stuck in a sorting office for 10 days. I had just upgraded to Windows 7 which knocked off my internal sound and all other PCs I have only had internal sound.

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.
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By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 24 Sept. 2014
I've used this card for a few pc builds including my own computer.

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.
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Haven't explored all the features of this card, but let me tell you - it uses a fabulous DAC for the front L & R found in lots of hi-end audio equipment. I was running it at 192kHz and was really dissapointed, then switched over to 44.1kHz and it suddendly sounded amazing - the depth, detail, clarity and realism. Have this card going into some hi-end KEF speakers, superb audiophile quality for a mere £60. And I bought this card deliberately for the CS4398 DAC chip (since it's used in some hi-end stuff such as the Marantz CD6003 etc. - getting great reviews for the sound on WhatHiFi etc. Very pleased - well done ASUS! Has to be my favourite Electronics company of all time, they know their stuff and how to make quality hardware! Recommended!
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This is certainly an improvement from the on board motherboard sound. However you can't expect what I deem to be Hi-Fi and also your amplifier and speakers are also an important link in the chain. I'm very pleased with it as I did not want to spend a fortune but needed a significant up grade. I needed a PCI card as the pc is several years old (running XP) and I choose Asus as I had had insurmountable problems with the equivalent Creative cards (the software would not recognise the card and therefore would not install). I had no problems with Asus and everything worked first time.
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