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ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

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The ASUS Xonar DS is a PCI sound card with a 107 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), which provides audio that is 10 times cleaner than onboard audio. With the support of DTS Connect and GX2.5, the Xonar DS provides rich audio effects in games and theater quality audio in movies.

DTS Connect consists of two technologies: DTS Neo:PC and DTS Interactive. DTS Neo:PC converts any stereo signal into 7.1 channels so users can get the most out of their multi-channel speaker setup. DTS Interactive converts audio into sensational 7.1 DTS Digital Surround via the S/PDIF output and streams to an AV receiver for the best surround sound available.

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 DS achieves a 107 dB SNR rating for clear audio in games, movies, and music.
  • newegg DTS Connect Consisting of DTS Neo:PC and DTS Interactive technologies, DTS Connect brings the world’s most welcomed Hi-fi surround sound to your PC and turns it into a powerful multi-media center and game console.
  • 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 Upgradeable Op-amp The Xonar DS can be upgraded with the Xonar Op-amp Upgrade Kit for a blend of natural sound and enhanced quality.

Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DS

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DS

Audio core

Audio Chipset
ASUS AV200
Channels
7.1
Sample Rate
192KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
Up to 107dB
Hardware Decode
DTS

Ports

Line In
Yes
Line Out
Front/Side/Center-Subwoofer/Back
SPDIF Out
Yes
MIC In
Yes
CD/Aux In
Yes

Spec

Interface
PCI
Operating Systems Supported
Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005

Features

Features
DTS Technologies:
DTS Connect (DTS Interactive Encoder and DTS Neo:PC) for both XP and Vista
DTS Interactive encodes any 3D gaming audio into true-to-live 5.1 DTS Digital Surround sound experience
DTS Neo:PC could expand any stereo music to 7.1 surround sounds

Smart Volume Normalizer:
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter:
Adjustable virtual 7.1-speaker positioning

Karaoke Functions:
Music Pitch-Shifting, Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo effects with Stereo Mix recording (Wave and Mic-in) for online Karaoke or online DJ applications

FlexBass:
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system

Other Effects:
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects

3D Sound Engines/APIs:
Vista: DirectSound3D GX 2.5, EAX 2.0&1.0, DirectSound HW, DirectSound SW, A3D1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
XP: DirectSound3D GX 2.5, EAX 2.0&1.0, DirectSound HW, DirectSound SW, A3D 1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability

VocalFX:
The latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including:
VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in EAX games
ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you chat online
Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types (Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting

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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  • KENNETH U.
  • 7/3/2014 3:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs4 years later still happy

Pros: Love the sound from this card. It is one of the three parts that I've transferred from one build to the next for the last three rebuilds. Works great with my Turtle Beach headphones as well as with my Philips 5.1 surround system with a 10" Kicker CVR sub in a 1.5 3ft L-port box tuned to 37 Htz powered by a 500 watt Dayton Audio subwoofer plate amp. Shakes the whole house and sounds crystal clear and loud. Drivers for win 8.1 work flawlessly.

Cons: Drivers for win 7 SUCK! PITA to install! If you are running 7 and do a rebuild that requires a fresh install, you will want to throw this card in the trash or garbage disposal or some other device that is really good at destroying things... then you'll get it to work and probably say that it was worth it for the phenomenal sound it produces.

Other Thoughts: Did I mention that the drivers for win 8.1 are painless and install without a hitch?

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  • William M.
  • 7/1/2014 1:01:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective, 3 Year Warranty is a Lie

Pros: Better than integrated when it works

Cons: Began playing only static after 1 year. Newegg's site says 3 year warranty, and so does Asus' website, but after contacting them for warranty repair, they stated warranty is only 1 year. Buyer Beware! Do not waste your money on a 1 year rental, buy a brand that will honor their warranties!

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  • Michael V.
  • 2/21/2014 11:23:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsodd

Pros: none

Cons: Hey ASUS you should fix your drivers! It took hours to figure it out but every time I installed the driver it would corrupt my windows 7 professional registry and literally break windows no matter what I tried it wouldn't work so I rma'd it. Not sure if you'll have better luck with 8 but if you have 7 I wouldn't recomend it.

Other Thoughts: I thoroughly tested it over and over to make sure and every time I installed the drivers I'd lose windows and have to re-install the whole OS to fix it.

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  • Luis V.
  • 1/14/2014 7:03:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsValue sound card at its best.

Pros: 7.1 Surround sound
Optical Port

Cons: Drivers are outdated(2011), dont work correctly.
No amplification
"Optical Port" (also houses headphone jack)
Built in surround software is not that great.

Other Thoughts: I Paired this card with two different headphones, and also my surround speakers. here are my thoughts:

Sennheiser PC360: Decent sound, not any better than my built in sound card though. Virtual surround was OK, but didn't work well with front and rear noises.

Razer Tiamet 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones: The surround sound was amazing, all the sounds were positioned correctly, but the sound going to the headphones was very tinny, I think it may have been the headset as the other headphones sounded much better.

This device is good for speakers, powered speakers. Its really terrible for headphones as far as i can tell. It needs an AMP. If you wanted this for headphones, maybe go for something else instead. Much better sound with an amp. As far as the drivers go I was very upset when i saw the last thing on asus's changelog was "3. Fix compatibility issue with "Call of duty:world at war". Im very disappointed that this is still for sale when the drivers are that old.

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  • Brian B.
  • 1/12/2014 9:06:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad Drivers

Pros: Offered the ports needed to hook up surround sound speakers

Cons: Had a LOT of driver issues. The CD it came with froze my computer and I had to reboot in safe mode in order to restore to an earlier time.

I even tried downloading the drivers from the webstie and still had to download a third party program to open the drivers.
Even after the drivers were uploaded I was still not getting any better performance than my on board sound.

I will be returning

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  • Cody G.
  • 12/11/2013 3:52:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'll Never Use On-board Again!

Pros: I thought my on-board audio sounded quite good with my decent sound system. Never again will I use on-board audio. This sound card improves the quality of songs drastically. Bass is tighter, punchier, and the songs themselves have better mid's, and high's. I can't begin to explain how much better the bass response is. Using on-board the bass was sloppy, but now it's amazing!

Cons: The only one I've found is when I switch songs in iTunes (while playing one already) there is a catch from the last sound of the last song moving to the next. It's hard to explain, but a little annoying. Nothing a driver update can't fix.

Other Thoughts: For anyone wondering: I'm using Windows 8.1, and to install this card I installed the card itself, then installed the downloaded drivers from ASUS' website. After this there was no sound. I then disabled the other audio sources on my computer, and sound came through perfect.

I haven't tried plugging my headphones into the front panel to see if it recognizes the source, or to see what the quality is like.

I've also heard some people having bad luck, and the card dying in a relatively short period of time. Let's hope this doesn't happen to me.

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  • STEPHEN Y.
  • 12/5/2013 5:31:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied

Pros: Well it worked well for the first 5 months then it started causing blue screens and stopped working. Gonna go with pci express version next time, Asus is great, just bad luck with this card.

Cons: should of bought pci express version

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  • Jordan J.
  • 11/19/2013 4:22:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: Sounds crisp, amazing with movies music and talking on team speak or Skype or vent

Cons: a little fuzzy in games but not bad, runs hot

Other Thoughts: All and All for price its an amazing sound card

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  • Eric R.
  • 10/21/2013 6:44:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow..

Pros: Blows onboard sound out of the water. Installation was easy and drivers worked after one restart. Sound quality is absolutely tremendous for this price. Software included is powerful and allows for easy customization, great for switching between movies, games, and music.

Cons: Included documentation is pretty lousy, especially coming from Asus. Doesn't indicate if you're supposed to disable onboard sound before or after the driver installation. Figured it out with some trial-and-error restarts. Not enough to knock off an egg.

Other Thoughts: HD sound for 50 bucks. I'm using a Steelseries Siberia V2 which is working wonderfully with this card.

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  • Kyle H.
  • 10/18/2013 8:21:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Works Great
Compatible with EAX
Low profile Capable
7.1 Analogue and Digital Suround

Cons: Front Pannel Mic Problem (See Other Thoughts)
Automatic switching between Front and Rear panel output does not work as intended. (See Other Thoughts)

Other Thoughts: -General Review-
This card works fantastically! I have it installed in the slot next to my GTX 660 and it is small enough that it is completely out of the way of the intake fan on the Graphics Card. The adapter to use an optical TOSLINK cable is included, which is very helpful. I tested the optical capabilities on my home theater setup and it works perfectly.

-FP Mic Problem Info-
There is a problem with the front panel mic port. When monitoring is enabled you can hear yourself and Windows sound settings also displays the green audio level bars. But when using an application such as Skype or games with VoiP they do not register any input. However, The Mic port on the card works just fine. This leads me to believe it's a problem with drivers and Windows 8. This is particularly annoying because If I want to use my headset and mic I have to get behind my computer and switch out the plugs with my speakers.

-Automatic Switching Problem Info
When you plug headphones into the front panel connector it will automatically switch to front panel headphone mode. When you unplug them it will automatically switch back to the on-board port, but it will remain in headphone mode instead of switching back to the speaker mode. You have to manually change the setting back to speakers. This is most noticeable if you have a 5.1 or 7.1 setup since you will be getting audio out of only 2 speakers if you don't change it back.

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