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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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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.Read more ›
I've paired this card with my Astro A50 headphones and now it is like I'm actually there!
I didn't use the drivers on the disc supplied but downloaded the Windows 7 specific drivers from the Asus website (only about 13MB).The good news with this card is that it sounds superbly clear, can go very loud without additional amplification and has an easy to use control panel. I normally play games while listening to headphones and all I had to do was select Dolby headphones, the game mode (which is a preset that changes a few frequencies), and set the volume in the mixer to maximum (I control volume using a dial on my Logitech G11 keyboard) and I was away. The sound quality is slightly better than the Creative card (which was petty good). The sniper rifle in Far Cry 2 for example sounded very sharp with a slight echo whilst the Uzi sounded beautifully staccato. For older games there is a DS3D switch which seems to replicate the EAX effect that Alchemy does for Creative cards.Read more ›
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this card for a long time now. Every time I get a new motherboard I try out the on-board audio. So far, every time, this card has sounded better.Published 2 months ago by Marc
Good sound quality and lots of options to tailor the sound within the control panel. The only complaint was mine had a fault on the line in. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr P.
I installed the card and re-booted, and it was picked up straight away in Ubuntu Desktop 12.04. I use it to stream FLAC audio files via Banshee media player to my stereo amp over... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by Robert Groom
Unfortunately i had issues with sound only coming from one channel. I returned it and got another the same but had the same issue. Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2013 by G. J. Brimson