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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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  • Brady B.
  • 7/15/2015 1:49:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • David K.
  • 6/20/2015 10:50:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

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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  • Zechariah P.
  • 6/19/2015 12:18:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust what I needed.

Pros: Works right out of box. Nice clear sound, Got this because my Mobo sound kicked the bucket.

Cons: None at this time.

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  • Jordan P.
  • 6/10/2015 4:52:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: *low price
*small card

Cons: *crashes constantly - sound hangs semi-regularly after programs are closed/crash. Card has to be disabled and enabled through the device manager to fix it.

Other Thoughts: Can't remember a time when I wasn't having trouble with this card. Finally pulled it out of the system today and went back to onboard. Not worth the trouble.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jordan,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. We are sorry to hear that your experience with the sound card let me assist you. Just to check have you tried downloading the driver for the sound card to try to fix the issue or try to re-seat the card maybe it was not installed properly?

Please see the link below for your reference.

http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=21&s=1&m=Xonar+DG&os=&hashedid=FiWODUF4uhiJVJKD

For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case#N150721326 in the subject line for reference.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry A
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 6/7/2015 3:12:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery surprised. I like it.

Pros: Crisp, clean high frequency, absolutely fantastic range of output. It really is so much of an improvement to the enjoyment of any audio source for the money you pay. The audio that comes through sounds extremely accurate to real life. And this will depend on the sound system you own obviously but when a tapping, bumping, piano in the background occur sometimes I get the most mild sense of alert, or even pause the music because it's such a realistic sound. Not kidding, I could see having a good surround sound while watching horror flicks being quite startling. I'm using a logitech 2.1, and they've always had very clear sound but not a very full mid-range. Well the mid-range that the card puts out helps compensate for that. I'm very happy with my audio setup now. I just feel like I hear so many more sounds going on at once now that I didn't hear before and that can only happen when switching from onboard audio as I have found over the years.

- Jonathan

Cons: The interface in the software is fine, however it can be very difficult to get the EQ slider exactly where I want it. The scale of the UI could be larger and therefore less sensitive. But that's only the software. I am loving this card so far. For the price it is great

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  • Cesar R.
  • 6/5/2015 5:17:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked good for a month.

Pros: It worked perfectly when I first got it. It sounded great.

Cons: The headphone amp is worthless because it makes an annoying static noise.

Other Thoughts: If it wasn't for the static noise I would have given it 5 stars.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Cesar,

Thank your for your time in posting a review about our products. On behalf of ASUS, we would like to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Please try to re-seat the sound card to the motherboard and check also if the card has the latest driver to try to fix the issue For further assistance, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place the case #N150623833 in the subject line for a reference.Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Please see the link below for your reference.

https://www.asus.com/Sound_Cards_and_DigitaltoAnalog_Converters/Xonar_DG/HelpDesk_Download/

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Jerry A
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Matthew L.
  • 4/29/2015 4:53:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card, 5.1 Through Optical Works Too.

Pros: The sound quality boost from onboard is surprising, Audio is more rich, clear, and interference free. To those in here saying the Optical (SPDIF) Output can only do 2 channels, That is not true. It doesn't do simulated 5.1 but it does do true 5.1 if the media file has a 5.1 audio track.

I just opened a movie with a 5.1 DTS audio track in VLC, Set VLC to 5.1 Channel in settings and configured the sound card accordingly. Boom. True 5.1 DTS from the SPDIF. Once all settings are in order, it does True 5.1 quite well actually. Either way, Big upgrade over onboard and I now have true 5.1 surround sound from my receiver again.

Cons: No Cons I can think of, With the mail in rebate it's been worth every penny.

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  • Wesley T.
  • 4/23/2015 6:03:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus Xonar DG

Pros: Headphone amp is great if sound isn't high enough
Higher bit rate than standard On-Board sound
Crisp, clear sound

Cons: No cons. Plugged in, played, played, and played.

Other Thoughts: I've had this card since 2012, and it was the best

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  • EVAN W.
  • 4/21/2015 12:21:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsSPDIF Out Not well advertised

Pros: Acceptable interface software

Cons: I purchased this card specifically because I needed Dolby Digital 5.1 output via digital optical (aka toslink or SPDIF). This card has that output and advertises support for 5.1, but what it doesn't say is that the only way to get 5.1 is through the analog outputs. This card does NOT support Dolby Digital 5.1 via SPDIF.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Evan,

On behalf of ASUS I want to thank you for using our product and for posting this review. I want to apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused you. I would like to verify, have you tried checking the updated driver on our website at support.asus.com. If there is anything I can do to help you, please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150770133 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.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Donabell
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Eric B.
  • 3/24/2015 2:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuch Value woah wow great job

Pros: Headphone amp is great, sound quality is massive improvement for music over my x58 ud3r rev 1.6 on board audio. Not a huge improvement in games such as BF4 but for music it is night and day...

Cons: Was a little difficult to jam into my motherboard, but it worked

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