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Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI sound Card
on 27 June 2013
Having been used to Creative cards since Windows Millenium, But, since moving on to windows 7, My Sound Blaster card just wouldn't work properly or the Creative software wouldn't install the Equalizer I used a lot. Im building a Flightsim cockpit in 10x8ft box room. I needed to upgrade both my old lab tech speakers and find a 5/1 sound card that was going to be affordable yet an improvement on the basic win7 card bought 15 months ago on Amazon.
So thought I would try this Asus Card, to go with the new Genious gaming Speakers Set.
So how did the installation go? Well, thanks to the low profile palit GT440 graphic card, The new card slotted into The PCI slot,with no problems after taking out the old one. I was surprised at the obvious differance in size and chips, from the tiny basic win7 card. It does come with a smaller bracket in bubble bag, which you can use if your finding a tight fit, but I didn't need it.
So card installed, used the Line in for the time being, fired up computer, put CD in for drivers, ummm. Not a lot happened, Did another auto run which opened, chose install drivers, But it also installs at some point the Xonar Software, that has all the goodies, bass management, Equalizer, with quite a few decent settings to make the best of your sound.
Well The driver install stalled at the end of the bar :( The Xonar front page from the cd wouldnt go away, so had to restart computer, Which then told me No audio device installed, so off I goes installing it again, this time by opening disc. Wierd on win7 if you go into the sound card, and say update driver it states driver already the best one, but, obviously no driver installed, because volume control has X on it. Ok, This time, Driver installed correctly, win7 decided this was the one, and got sound at last. But the Xonar DG software Audio centre which has all user settings on it refused to show on tool bar. Not to be outdone, I restarted computer, to make sure driver was now installed properly, and this time round, The Xonar Audio centre install started and finished. So, although it can be fiddly to install software, restarting computer after successful driver installation, will probably then install the audio centre.
Sound quality is good, Its noticeably crisper than the basic card, with many settings to choose from, and connections for a card of this price. Yet to be tested on this gaming Speaker system, may do a further review how it performed on a higher end 2.1 speaker system. After a while I go full 5.1 sound system, just costs keeps me to using the genius 2.1. I also let you know how that performs in a few days.
(the low profile bracket supplied as an accessory has two tiny screws with it, if you Just empty out the bracket, from the plastic bag.. chances are, screws will fall out on floor, trust me they are very tiny!)