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ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

  • PCI Express x1 Low Profile, 7.1 Channels
  • Powered by complete Dolby Home Theater technologies
  • VocalFX voice processing technologies
  • Delivers ~35 times cleaner audio quality
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The ASUS Xonar DX is a PCI-E sound card with a 116 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), which provides audio that is 35 times cleaner than onboard audio. With the support of Dolby technologies and GX2.5, the Xonar DX provides rich audio effects in games and theater quality audio in movies.

Dolby is globally recognized for their innovations in audio for cinemas, home theaters, PCs, and games. With Dolby technologies, your PC is upgraded to surround sound and transformed into an immersive digital entertainment center. These include Dolby Digital Live (Real-time 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound encoding), Dolby Pro-Logic IIx (Converts stereo or 5.1 sounds to a seamless 7.1 surround sound field), Dolby Headphone (Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround or 3D positional sound field over any set of stereo headphones), and Dolby Virtual Speaker which simulates a highly realistic 5.1 speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as 2 speakers.

ASUS designed GX2.5 to simulate EAX game effects and makes them available on Windows Vista/7 PCs. GX2.5 will automatically emulate the latest EAX technologies without additional software.

  • newegg High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) A high SNR rating means less unwanted noise. Therefore the audio is cleaner which translates to better sound quality. The Xonar DX achieves a 116 dB SNR rating for clear audio in games, movies, and music.
  • newegg Dolby Technologies A rich Dolby feature set is supported in order to enhance PC audio with surround sound. A surround sound experience can be achieved with as little as two speakers or even headphones.
  • newegg GX2.5 GX2.5 automatically emulates the latest EAX technology – up to EAX5.0, to offer advanced environmental audio effects. While enhancing the feeling of actually being in the game, GX2.5 also improves on directional audio information.
  • newegg Low Profile The Xonar DX is bundled with a low profile bracket for compatibility with HTPC cases.
  • newegg VocalFX 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).


Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DX

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DX

Audio core

Audio Chipset
ASUS AV100
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
116dB

Ports

Line In
1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (shared with Mic-in)
Line Out
4 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (Front out/Side out/Center-Subwoofer out/Rear out)
SPDIF Out
1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Optical (Toslink)/(combo with analog in))
MIC In
1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (shared with Line-in)
CD/Aux In
1 x 4-pin header
Other Ports
1 x Front-Panel Header

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
System Requirements
One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
One available 4-pin power cable from PC's power supply unit
Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
>256 MB DRAM system memory
>60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity sounds of the card

Features

Features
Powered by complete Dolby Home Theater technologies

Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP

VocalFX voice processing technologies to make gaming and online chat more lively and attractive

Delivers ~35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR)

Packaging

Package Contents
XonarTM DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express Audio Card
Driver CD (including Portable Music ProcessorTM Lite and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptors
Quick Start Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael H.
  • 7/29/2013 4:33:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME!

Pros: The depth of the sound coming from this card is amazing!
I was hesitant to buy this, but I love ASUS products, and in the end, it was the experience I've had with their products that swayed me.
I don't regret it for a second. I should have bought this long ago.
The software allows you to adjust every aspect of the sound, if that's your thing. It also has presets covering every situation, so all it really takes is a simple click of a button.
Awesome product, with great software.

Cons: Because of all of the available adjustments, they had to make using the front panel headset input an effort.
You have to open the GUI and use a dropdown menu to select headphones or speakers. Once you've made that choice, you'll have to repeat the process to change back to the rear speaker outputs.
I'm not entirely sure that this is really a "con". I have had the need to be in charge of this setting, so it actually came in very handy.

Other Thoughts: I did go into the BIOS settings to disable the onboard audio, to squelch any possible conflicts, before I even installed the card.
Installed beautifully.
Running Windows 7 Professional.
Tried running this card on a Linux OS. Forget it.
The onboard audio was twice as loud under Linux.
NOT compatible.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2013 10:30:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSounds great!

Pros: Much better than my on-board Realtek HD audio. I couldn't believe the difference when I first heard it. I am really happy with it.

Cons: Doesn't fit all the way into the PCI-e x1 port on the mobo. Think the bracket is to blame but whatever it still works. the drivers work but sometimes crash or the program locks up. No big deal though just have to restart the app.

Other Thoughts: It should last me for years to come. Just BECAREFULL with the power adapter on the sound card. Take your time plugging it in or unplugging it. It's not the strongest power adapter. Also make sure you get the latest Asus Xonar DX Audio Center from the Asus website. That's if you want to use that app.

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