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ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 24-bit 192KHz
  • PCI Interface
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The ASUS Xonar D1 is a PCI 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 D1 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 can be upgraded to surround sound and transformed into an immersive digital entertainment center.

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 D1 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 D1 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 D1

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar D1

Audio core

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

Spec

Interface
PCI
System Requirements
One PCI slot for the audio card
Microsoft Windows Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Intel Pentium 4 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
35 times clearer then on-board audio
Supports latest DS3D GX2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
Dolby home theater technologies
Low-profile bracket bundled
S/pdif connect to vga cards for hdmi output
Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio Effects for best PC audio upgrade
Country of origin: China
Dolby Digital Live: Real-time 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound encoders
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx: Converts stereo or 5.1 sounds to seamless 7.1 surround soundfield
Dolby Headphone: Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround or 3D positional soundfield over any set of stereo headphones
Dolby Virtual Speaker: Simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers

Physical Spec

Weight
2 lbs.

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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  • Peter S.
  • 3/20/2014 6:39:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW

Pros: Great sound, easy install with Ubuntu.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because I couldn't stand my HTPC music anymore. I dealt with MP3s compression but after burning some FLAC and revisiting my analog set-up, I realized I couldn't listen to the onboard sound anymore.I put this card in, rebooted and was listening to the sounds I have missed as we transition into digital music.

I'm not sure what other reviewers mean by poor software. There really should be no software with a sound card. Drivers for compatability maybe. But those reviewers are more tech savy then I will ever be.

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  • Russell B.
  • 3/3/2014 6:30:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsXonar D1

Pros: Great card. Sounds fantastic.

Cons: Software is not up to standards. It would probably be good if it came with a card in the 1970's. A quality card with inferior software. Overall rating would be a 5 if it had better software. Not the easiest to set up. However, when it works it works great.

Other Thoughts: Great combination with the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset.

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  • Carl M.
  • 2/13/2014 9:51:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsReliable, good sound

Pros: -UI interface is clean, many option for equalizing
-Front panel HD audio support
-PCI (for me it's a plus, GPU is blocking PCIe x1 slot on mATX mobo)
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Cons: -Plug tagging hard to clearly read but once you,ve plug your stuff, it doesn't really mather, yet it's eye breaking! Will crack an egg because it would have been possible to "improve" this at cheap cost.

Other Thoughts: Bought this card couple years ago elsewhere, still work fine since the last driver update (2013ish), pretty configurable, really good sound quality IMO, no regret at all, if you want a PCI Sound Card that last long and have quality, take this one! I would take another one for HTPC music playing

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  • Robert G.
  • 1/24/2014 4:49:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card

Pros: Good sound on my 5.1 speakers. I had a SB card on my XP machine and upgraded to win 7 and Creative didn't have any drivers for win 7 so I went for the ASUS D1 and wow, it's excellent. Way better than the old Sound Blaster.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately I read a lot of bad reviews on installation of this card so I went to ASUS's site and DL'd their drvrs 4 win 7 and I went to the Universal site for their win 7 drvrs so that I would be prepared. NEITHER of those drvrs worked! Error "Please plug in audio device". So I tried the CD with XP and Vista drvrs that came with the card and it installed smoothly.

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  • Angelo F.
  • 11/19/2013 8:53:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible + Drivers were awful.

Pros: The only good thing was when I got the audio that I wanted until the drivers crashed for the 3rd time.

Cons: The drivers are awful. I would suggest having your own and knowing how to operate them correctly, otherwise buy a card made by Creative.

Other Thoughts: ._.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/28/2013 9:21:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEcellentc all around card

Pros: -Great sound
-optical out
-small size
-good price for quality
-good drivers
-easy to install and use

Cons: -the outputs could be better labeled
-it could be cheaper

Other Thoughts: overall a great card got it to replace a Creative X-Fi that stopped working. ASUS drivers take less resources than creative. the optical out is amazing when hooked up to a receive. For a sub $100 card its well worth it. small, reliable both physically and software.

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  • Karl H.
  • 8/27/2013 4:17:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsResults vary.

Pros: * Good sound quality when it works.
* Swappable headphone amp.
* Legacy PCI.

Cons: * Horrendous drivers.
* "Crashes" which requires a device reset and/or reboot.
* Shares spdf/mic port, not an issue for me.
* Legacy PCI.
* Extremely rare driver updates.

Other Thoughts: Asus is known for having completely trash drivers. I took a risk and still pruchased the card as it uses a good chip and components, has good specs, and had everything I neeed out of a sound card. After a year of owning the card I called it quits and went with a different card using the same chip (cm87xx) and completely fixed all my issues.

Asus' "GX" mode causes various issues with sound from cut outs to sound loops/echo to noise. It can also cause system instability. I had constant "freezing" in SC2 that lasted anywhere from a second to three. Changed to different brand, no more issues.

The card seems to crash randomly, especially with flash. It requires a reboot (or a batch script to disable and renable the card, akin to toggling it in device manager). Again, new card zero issues.

From time to time, the drivers will toggle "GX" mode on (this emulates EAX via software) which causes sound loop issues. Think of a sound constantly echoing until you reboot the pc or toggle the card. I could deal with this (as I don't use this) if the drivers didn't decide to turn on GX when it feels like it.

To make matters worse, the drivers are never updated. The current Beta version was updated 2013/07/26. The version before was uploaded on 2011/06/27. No updates for TWO YEARS and then release a beta version? And before that? 2010/11/12.

Infact, the drivers are so bad that there are community drivers out there that try to improve and fix all the issues with the card. Unfortunately they did not work for me.

All of this is actual issues with the drivers/hardware. You can search for "asus sound loop" and you will find tons of people with the same issue using various card manufactured by asus.

If somehow you manage to have some magical hardware combination that doesnt cause the issues listed above the card does perform quite nicely. It has very clean audio when combined with quality speakers thanks to the C-Media chip that asus rebrands as thier own.

TL:DR: Trash drivers, don't buy.

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  • Anirudh V.
  • 8/22/2013 3:18:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat sound card

Pros: awesome sound card, no driver issues, amazing sound quality.

Cons: The front panel detection is kind of goofy. I have to open the ASUS control panel to switch between front panel headset or rear speakers for my 2.1 Klipsch set. kinda annoying but better than the BSODs I got from my old Creative X-Fi Titanium which had the worst drivers I've ever seen.

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  • Lee M.
  • 7/30/2013 1:28:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Value

Cons: the software isn't exactly intuitive or straightforward.

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  • Michael G.
  • 6/27/2013 7:56:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

Pros: Works as it should. The software is user-friendly and not buggy.

Cons: There is no color-coding on the output ports. Only tiny, barely legible etched descriptions (ie. front, side, sub, etc.) My surround speakers don't have descriptions on their inputs...only color coded. So I had to do some minor digging to determine which jack plugged in to which hole.

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