Top critical review
Good sound, but a little tricky to set up and sometimes crashes
on 3 July 2017
These ASUS Xonar cards are always a bit finicky it seems. I got this to replace a PCIe card that I could no longer fit in my cramped machine due to a change around in the USB department. The old card was Xonar too, and I remember being a pain to get going. This one was no different, and was frustrating before I got it working.
Sound reproduction is great, but every now & then it will crash the PC when you stop music, which lost it another star. It also crackles a bit when you pause and restart music from MusicBee, which always makes me expect another blue screen. Sometimes when it crashes it does so repeating the last few microseconds of output like a buzzsaw, which has you wincing and reaching for the off-switch. I haven't looked into resolving the issue myself yet, so I'm not going to rubbish it further, especially as the onboard sound on my motherboard is fried, so it's that or nothing.