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ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

  • PCI v2.2, 5.1 Channels
  • Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
  • GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects
  • 3 gain modes for different usage scenarios
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The Xonar DG sound card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround sound with ASUS’ own GX2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headset amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DG an ideal sound card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their game environments.

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 DG achieves a 105 dB SNR rating for clear audio in games, movies, and music.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone Dolby Headphone enables up to 7.1 channel surround sound from any set of headphones for an immersive experience.
  • newegg Headphone AMP The built-in headphone amp supports all gaming headsets up to 150 ohms of impedance and provides greater sound clarity.
  • 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 DG is bundled with a low profile bracket for compatibility with HTPC cases.

Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DG

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DG

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8786
Channels
5.1
Sample Rate
96KHz
Digital Audio
24-bit
SNR
105dB

Ports

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

Spec

Interface
PCI

Features

Features
Built-in Headphone AMP

Powers up every sound detail in gaming

3 gain modes for different usage scenarios

Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging

GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects

Physical Spec

Dimensions
6.71" x 2.54" ( L x W )

Packaging

Package Contents
Xonar DG
Low -profile Bracket x 1
Driver CD x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jason S.
  • 6/28/2014 7:40:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: If you're getting interference from your onboard this is a great and cheap alternative to a USB solution.

Software that it comes with is pretty nice.

Cons: It's exactly what you would expect out of a soundcard I payed 13 bucks for.

The built in amp is pretty much non-existent.

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  • Isaac B.
  • 6/18/2014 8:36:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Best My Headphones Have Ever Sounded

Pros: As simple as any PCI card to install in a computer. The Xonar Digital Audio Center is effective. My headphones sound wonderful. I use a set of VMODA-LP's.

What you're getting is worth more than what you pay for.

Cons: The only cons I can think of is what most people say. The drivers are rather clunky, but you can push your way through pretty quick. My other complaint is about the Xonar Digital Audio Center.

The rear audio in failed on my mobo, which is why I bought this card. My mother board has Realtek HD audio.

The Realtek HD just LOOKS better. The functionality is basically incidental. The Xonar DG Digital Audio Center looks like something out of the early 2000s. The sound is what matters, and it SOUNDS better than what my mobo was delivering

Other Thoughts: Buy it. If you are still using music which came preinstalled on your mobo, then what are you waiting for?

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  • Brenda M.
  • 6/10/2014 9:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing card for the price.

Pros: Easy to install(remove current drivers, reboot, disable onboard through BIOS, reboot, install drivers from ASUS website, reboot, enjoy!)
Cheap and comes with a toslink connection(which is what I needed)
Sounds amazing once you start messing with the Audio Center Mixer

Cons: Sounds terrible(just like onboard) until you start messing around with the Audio Center software.

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  • raymond m.
  • 5/25/2014 9:15:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood sound

Pros: Good sound, good price. Nice to have included low profile in case i decide to use it later in a smaller case.

Cons: Don't use Asus drivers, use the Unified drivers. Asus drivers won't upmix 2 channel to surround. Unified drivers work like a charm

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  • David R.
  • 5/18/2014 5:07:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice sound, bad drivers

Pros: For those dealing with quiet onboard sound, the headphone amp is a great option.
The price cannot be beat

Cons: Dismal failure on either the driver or hardware (with no solution from ASUS) where the output keeps switching to Front Panel. I have not had the front panel plugged in in quite some time, but the drivers keep forcing that as the output. At first I lived with it, but I am ready to ditch the card. Especially with the noted problems with Windows 8, it is time to consider something new

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  • laszlo v.
  • 5/17/2014 10:39:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsskips

Pros: has decent sound and was cheap, worked right out of the box.

Cons: skips or stutters, has a crackling sound when it does this.

Other Thoughts: i use it for ham radio and digital modes but it stops sending audio for a split second randomly and this causes retries. i tried a few different drivers i had found on the internet but none have solved the problem. the pc is a 4 core amd with 8gb ram.

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  • christopher t.
  • 5/14/2014 5:23:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cool looking, name brand maker, headphone amp.

Cons: Did not end up fitting in my sff tower..

Other Thoughts: Good maker and functions for the price

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  • Barry B.
  • 5/7/2014 6:09:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Meets performance specs in windows 7
Good product for win 7 or xp.

Total failure in win 8 or 8.1

Cons: Total failure in windows 8 and 8.1.
New driver download from Asus is a failure.
Paid a restocking fee to return.
I bought it to get 5.1 sound on a new am3 Asus MB that also would not deliver 5.1 audio in win 8.

It appears that many Asus products have sound problems in win 8.
And their new win 8.1 drivers just do not work.

Other Thoughts: I suspect that UEFI bios is required for win 8 to work with many boards.
I doubt these sound cards will in any case.

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  • herb a.
  • 5/3/2014 4:03:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsshort lived

Pros: Worked well for about 20hrs. 5 stars while it lasted.

Cons: Volume way up, then way low with some distortion thrown in .

Other Thoughts: This is the second Asus product that failed in a short time, The first was a video card that fried itself and a brand new set of Logitech Z626 speakers. Asus did fix the card, but I'm a little afraid of using it. The speakers still work, but the right one has a severe rattle unless I keep the volume low. I've had to return the video card twice, first one bad fan and pay shipping. Second time for repairs and pay again. Now the sound card and speakers damaged. I'm done, I can't afford Asus.

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  • JONATHAN T.
  • 4/27/2014 6:42:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsthoughts

Pros: very cheap and bang for the buck. built-in headphone amp is great.

Cons: none.

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