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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.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Mr. C.
  • 1/9/2016 5:07:22 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsmore than a year

Pros: optical pass thru.. toslink, the digital output to a receiver that lets us feed the big speakers and sub woofer. A reasonably priced card which installed easily. The software went in smooth as silk, and it's been in use for more than a year without a hickup. Bought another dg and a dgx for my other systems... have been quite satisfied

Cons: The headphone amps are fine for entry level sets. If you're a serious gamer with premo head gear... this card is a bit weak.... or so my boy tells me. When the optical cable is installed, be sure to open the software and change the settings... it doesn't sense the connection and change settings... you need to do it. Easy enough, but confusing without a heads up.

Other Thoughts: the low profile bracket & scews could be package better.... and a mounting screw should be included. Many cases have twist out shields over the expansion slots. Granted these are cheap cases, but not including a screw with a card that will need one... it just stinks of cheap. They should spend an extra penny and put the bracket & screws into a small plastic bag with a mounting screw.____edited to add: bought yet another, and once again the tiny screws are loose in the box. I know to open the box over a sheet so as to catch the little buggers... One still got a way *sigh* absolutely ridiculous that these screws & bracket aren't in a bag that seals or is even folded over & taped. They don't put the screws into the bracket, and once again... I need a mounting screw that isn't included. They're isn't a card with optical capability in this price range, so they have us.... Beware when you open the box, and if you don't put the extra bracket & screws into another bag, at least insert the screws. You might not have need for them now, but should you want to sell the card after a future upgrade....

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  • Ricardo W.
  • 1/6/2016 11:11:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMainboard out, PCI in: Let the Music Play

Pros: -Audio fidelity (via headphones to say the least) is improved
-Simple installation
-*Drivers are functioning as intended

Cons: -Apparently I plugged the headphones too far in and it completely eliminated stereo, spent about hour trying to figure out what went wrong, including driver reinstall.

-Couldn't get the front panel to work (plugged the HD AUDIO to the right spot supposedly) needless to say ended up disabling onboard audio controller anyways.

Other Thoughts: I do not have hardware for SPDIF thus I can't actually test that (some people seem to have issues with optical out.) Drivers are running on Windows 10, latest release from website. 10/28/2015 [IIRC]

Listening through a discounted (though have a number of speakers & subs at disposal) FatBoy headphone Ho865. The reviews on the headphones are relative unfavorable (I'll take 'em over earbuds any day, hit or miss product) however even these benefit from the dedicated Audio Card. After listening with the card it was apparent the sound was cleaner and it's a lot easier to decipher the sampling rates.

A side note is these were installed (alongside a separate NIC) to hopefully reduce CPU usage. I'm unable (or don't know how) to test this and quite frankly even if it did such applications (gaming for me) run with CPU power to spare as my rig built for gaming beyond 60 fps

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  • Carter H.
  • 1/6/2016 1:14:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: -Simple to install
-Works amazing!

Cons: -No screws to secure it in.
-Nothing else!

Other Thoughts: I ordered this because my motherboard audio is garbage. Works ten times better.
-If it ever stops working all I have to do is restart my computer.

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  • Kellie W.
  • 11/30/2015 12:09:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStopped Working After 15 days

Pros: Great Sound

Cons: Stopped working after 15 days

Other Thoughts: This is card was awesome until it stopped working just a couple weeks after installing it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Kellie,

Thank you for your time on posting this review, we are sorry to hear your experience with the ASUS sound card. Please allow me to assist you.

How is the sound card now? may I know the steps that you have tried to try to make the sound card working again? can I also have the units serial number for me to check and verify the unit's warranty and in case we need process an RMA. Please try also the steps below to try to troubleshoot the unit's problem.

* Try to unplug and replug the card
* Try to use different PCIe slot
* Try to use the Audio card with a different PC or mobo for comparison

For further assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at and put case #N151213127 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

If ever you want to call our representatives please check link below for the contact numbers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Yanick J.
  • 11/4/2015 9:27:17 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Love the performance for a basic dedicated sound card.

Cons: None.

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4 out of 5 eggsRIP

Pros: - Good noise suppression
- Decent microphone jack for the price
- Powers up semi-beefy headphones
- Hassle-free software (in my opinion)
- Crisp, clean sound

This thing worked wonders for me before it died, I was able to listen to my music with more in-depth clean sounds than my motherboard could. Considering that I bought myself a pretty cheap mobo still for the amount that I had paid for this my mobo wouldn't be able to life a candle to it.

Cons: - Died after 8 months of use
- Drivers could be a pain
- Doesn't have noise suppression
- White noise is audible

My garbage audio chip on my motherboard had noise suppression abilities in its software, I don't understand how this doesn't have it. Perhaps it's my microphone, the way I plugged it in, I don't know, but there still persists of white noise in this card, according to video reviews online they haven't heard white noise in their recordings but I can on mine. It's not unbearable but it's not overpowering either. Sometimes the drivers would cause me issues but after installing a 3rd party driver the card work perfectly until it died.

Other Thoughts: Wish it could've lived more than 8 months, the life of my card was possibly due to it being a refurb but nonetheless it leaves a bad after taste in my mouth that a product so highly regarded could died on me out of nowhere.

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  • Elmer V.
  • 10/7/2015 4:49:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs3 days

Pros: Worked great for 3 days.

Cons: Worked fine for 3 days, then died. Made contact with ASUS . The information they provided was useless. Told me to return to place of purchase. Please send MRA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Elmer,

My sincerest apologies to hear that our ASUS products did not meet your expectations. We will be glad to help you out with any issues you may encounter on our products. I do understand that you're having an issue with the device. To isolate your issue, please try to reseat the device to a different slot and uninstall and reinstall the driver or you may download the latest driver on site,

If the problem still persists, please email us back so we can proceed with the RMA to fix the router. If this step will not work, please email me at and put case # N151037446 in the subject line for your reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/11/2015 4:59:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat card for price

Pros: sound is great
setup was easy
able to rout the sound hookups in front of case to card.

Cons: the system setup was a little tricky. however this was due to me not understanding some of the software so it does not count against the product.

just read up on how to setup this card and trouble shoot. for the money it is worth the patience.

goto the website for the drivers as you will need them and should have the latest drivers anyways.

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  • Brady B.
  • 7/15/2015 1:49:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat, Mic doesnt buzz anymore!

Pros: - Fixed my mic buzzing
- Can drive my speakers louder then my onboard
- Dolby surround is pretty cool and works decently
- Easy to switch from front panel headset to rear panel speakers

Overall an upgrade from my motherboards audio. Though I do have one of the cheapest boards out there (MSI A55M-E33) so if you have a high end board you may not notice a perceivable difference in sound quality. I did though as compared to the terrible onboard I had.

Not only that but the features it has are almost enough to justify the cost of the product altogether.

Cons: - Drivers are a pain to install, took over an hour to get them working correctly, the card wasn't being detected by the install manager.

Other Thoughts: The box is different then the one on the website, it's now more in line with ASUS's gaming products with a matte red design and says "Gaming Series" on the top. Card seems the same as before though.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Budget Sound Card With Optical Out

Pros: I came across this card because I filtered through all the sound cards with optical outs by price and this was the cheapest one I could find by a brand that I recognized. Actually, I've always wanted a Xonar. But for my personal build it would have to be one of their top end models. Even though this one appears to be their entry level card. It has a lot of features and really good sound quality.
I put this card into an HTPC build I did for my sister. I wanted to make sure she'd be able to get 5.1 to her home theatre receiver. The motherboard I had to work with only had analog 1/8 in jacks out. I also installed a graphics card, which did have HDMI audio out. But her receiver is an older one and doesn't have any HDMI inputs. There was a PCI-E x1, but it was covered up by the graphics card, which was a dual slot card. So I had to track down a decent PCI sound card with optical out. PCI hardware is becoming obsolete, so I thought it might be hard to find a quality sound card that suited my needs.
This sound card has impressive quality for what I paid for it. I had hoped to find a sound card for $20. But when the difference in quality is so great between the $20 one and one for a few bucks more. I'll spend a bit more.
This card has analog 5.1 audio out via standard PC 1/8 in jacks and a digital 5.1 out via optical, aka SPDIF, aka Toslink. Pretty much any motherboard you'll find these days, that's not too old or dirt cheap is going to have analog 5.1 output. Although, it seems to me that particular format is going obsolete. Some things still use it, but for the most part the vast majority of people on desktops these days are probably using either a simple stereo output, a digital out to their home theatre or TV or wearing a headset. Which often times connects via USB. At this point, I can't imagine ever needing to buy a sound card without some sort of digital output ever again.
This sound card supports 96 khz sampling rate. Which is good. It's not the highest, but respectable for what you pay. I tested this sound card on my receiver, which supports all the latest and greatest formats. This card put out DTS and Dolby Digital at 24 bit 96 kHz just like its supposed to. When I hooked it up to my sisters receiver that actually created a problem. Hers is older and only supports 48 kHz sampling rate. So it wouldn't accept the signal from the sound card until I realized what was going on and changed it. Even at 48 khz you'd need a trained ear to detect the difference. 95% of people wouldn't notice or even care if it were set there or at the max 96 khz. Even the latest consoles output audio at 48 khz. Even though the PlayStation has an option for 192 khz it doesn't actually play there, even if you select it.

Cons: I had trouble with the most recent version of the Xonar Audio controller software. As long as I was using analog. It worked fine. But as soon as I tried to enable the optical out, it would crash the program. It would just pop up that the Xonar Control Panel stopped responding and I had to close it. Then if I restarted it, same thing, crashed. Even if I opened Windows audio output and enabled it from there it wouldn't work.
So what I had to do was go to Asus website and download an older version, which did work.
For some reason the optical out is labeled as, "Optical Pass-Thru" in Windows audio output panel. Which caused me some problems early on. At first I disabled the pass-thru, thinking it was a feature I didn't want to use. I enabled a different optical out, that didn't even exist. I don't know why it was even listed. So of course that didn't work and it took me awhile to figure out that the pass-thru was what I wanted to use. In fact, I found the info online in a forum about this card. In the end I realized that it was actually obvious as the Pass-Thru was the only optical out listed as Asus Xonar.
In all honesty, I have mixed feelings about Asus. They make some of the most excellent enthusiast hardware and clearly some really high quality entry level gear as well. But, I have had some serious issues with their hardware in the past. I had 2 GTX Titan graphics cards from Asus. $1000 each. One of which was pretty much perfect. However the other one had some very sloppy soldering on most of the components. If you held the two cards up side by side it was visually apparent. And eventually one of the capacitors actually came loose from the main board causing the card to become essentially a $1000 piece of junk. Fortunately it was still within the warranty period. But still, on a $1000 piece of hardware, you expect the quality to be perfect. After that, I have been cautious about Asus hardware. Asus customer support is slow and I've heard a number of stories about them denying legitimate RMA warranty claims. I doubt I'll ever buy another graphics card from them again. But I'll still consider purchasing their other products in the future, especially mother boards and sound cards.

Other Thoughts: In the latest version of the Xonar Audio Control Panel, there's an option to select 8speakers, or effectively 7.1, as your output. Since the latest version wouldn't work for me I had to use the older version which didn't have that feature. So I wasn't able to test whether the 7.1 would work or not.
The Xonar audio control panel has a load of features. Unfortunately I didn't really play with any of them so I can't tell you about them. If you're interested in that, check out Asus website to see what all features you'd have access to. That is one of the best things about sound cards opposed to onboard audio on most PCs. The sound cards usually have a lot of extra audio effects to take advantage of. Some of which can be very effective.
This card comes equipped with a standard length PCI bracket. There is also an optional shorter one, which I honestly would never have any use for. But if you have a the type of PC with a shorter bracket slot, Asus was kind enough to give you the option.
Setup is easy. The PC I installed this card in used Windows 7 64 bit. Although I had to download the older driver version to make the optical out work, this card also comes with an install disc. Installing with the disc is as easy as it gets. When it's done there will be a little blue icon in the box next to the clock on the task bar, indicating the program is running. You can access it there by double clicking it or track down the shortcut in the program menu from the start button or in the appropriate folder in the Program Files (x86) folder.
Overall I was very satisfied with this card. For the hardware alone, I would rate this 5 Eggs. But because of the problems I had with the software, I am deducting 1 Egg. I wasn't able to take full advantage of all this cards features, so it gets 4 Eggs. Asus doesn't exactly support this hardware with frequent driver updates. When I looked, there were only 2. One from 2013 and the other from 2011. So clearly this card has been around for awhile. Which isn't a bad thing really, as it has given them ample time to work out most of the bugs. But clearly they still have work to do. Whether it will ever actually get done, I have my doubts.

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