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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.

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


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  • William W.
  • 5/27/2015 12:26:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: Works just fine. No problem installing, just plugged in, installed drivers and it worked fine on the reboot.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Not the top of the line, but produces a very good sound for the money. Since the sound on my MB crapped out, I had to find something budget minded and this filled the bill. Would recommend to anyone looking to add sound to their system (for whatever reason).

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2015 6:30:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGood card, one problem...

Pros: Card works great. Sound quality is phenomenal. Interface is easy to use. Even better for the price. I have an old set of speakers hooked up to this card and they sound off the wall good.

Cons: Drivers. Windows 7 doesn't really like the drivers for this card. After some research and messing around, I got them to work.

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  • Brian H.
  • 11/4/2014 7:10:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for the money

Pros: Upgrading a used Dell Optiplex GX620 (2008 vintage) after my rock solid T-Bird 800 box with an ISA SB Live Pro died, this card popped right in and installed without a hitch using the supplied drivers and application software. My Altec 4.1 speakers sound great and I found the Asus Xonar audio center to be both logical and surprisingly versatile. The only setting I needed to find out of the box was to set it to 4 speaker (also serves 4.1) as the default is 2 speaker.
While a higher end card would likely give better results to the audiophiles out there, I tested the install with an MP3 of Klaatu's "Little Neutrino" (lots of audio range going on there!) and was very pleased.
I would highly recommend this card for the price conscious buyer looking for a versatile sound card.
And big Kudos to Newegg & UPS for getting it to my door in two days!

Cons: Not for the hard-core audiophile looking for flawless performance. That's all I've got!

Other Thoughts: Well packaged, intuitive install, the only useful documentation is on the supplied CD, overall better than I ecpected.

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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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  • Terry 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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