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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


Xonar DG

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8786
Sample Rate
Digital Audio


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)
1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Optical (Toslink))
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




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

6.71" x 2.54" ( L x W )


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

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


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

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  • 2/25/2015 11:40:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth it

Pros: None

Cons: Plugged card in. Attempted to install the CD drivers and kept getting the pop up box saying it needed additional power. This is after reseating the card, making sure the power is attached. ONLY after the 4th tried and finally gave up. RMA'ed it and will buy something else.

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  • Michael V.
  • 2/3/2015 8:13:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value.

Pros: Makes good headphones sound even better.
Easy to install.
Lots of different options offer great flexibility.
Crazy cheap.

Cons: Can block some airflow to your video card if you've got a small motherboard or are running SLI/Crossfire. But that's something you would expect from any internal sound device.

Other Thoughts: This is an absolute must-have if you plan on using a headset for gaming or music.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/9/2015 12:45:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None

Cons: DoA - RMA'd - Refund.

Other Thoughts: Newegg has THE BEST Customer Service Reps!

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  • Jason S.
  • 1/3/2015 3:57:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNow I understand why this is always out-of-stock

Pros: Inexpensive, dynamic range, clean, headphone amp

Cons: Software/drivers need improvement

Other Thoughts: I'm coming from an Realtek ALC892 and an Audigy SE that's about 15 years old.

The Realtek ALC892, although reasonable with speakers, was not going to cut it with headphones. This onboard solution could not drive any decent headphones. Granted, the ALC892 is not one of Realtek's best offerings.

The Audigy SE actually drove decent headphones fairly well... it suffered some issues with interference and its dynamic range wasn't the best, but the Audigy SE powered headphones at 40% better than the ALC892 at 100%.

Now, going from the Audigy SE to Xonar DG is negligible on OK desktop speakers. Where you can REALLY hear the difference is on a decent set of headphones, more than likely due to the higher S2N ratio, cleaner signal due to the headphone amp and lack of interference.

If you are OK with your onboard and don't use headphones, you probably don't need a sound card. If you listen often on headphones that require 150 ohm or less and are on a budget, there is no need to spend more than this.

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  • danny g.
  • 10/23/2014 1:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGOOD!!

Pros: Sounds great! So many settings it will make your head spin...

Cons: So many settings it will make your head spin...

Other Thoughts: purchased after my onboard sound started having static and sequel, easy to install with no problems, drivers were no problem either, dont know what else you could possibly ask for in a sound board...

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  • Omar Z.
  • 9/21/2014 10:15:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPopping After a while

Pros: Sounds good, drivers work well. Software is nifty. Better than onboard sound.

Cons: I tihnk the caps are low quality or something. I've had this for nearly a year and it is beginning to misbehave. When resuming playback after a while of silence there is a very loud pop. I imagine the capacitors charging up and then are discharging quickly. Two eggs because I nearly pooped myself when my Sennheisers popped that loudly.

Other Thoughts: Get something better. I still love Asus so I will probably a better one from them.

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  • Michael W.
  • 9/18/2014 6:10:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAh, the things we learn in due time...

Pros: Let me preface this with the fact I am finally re-reviewing this product. You can find my original review by the same name from well over a year ago. I'm not planning on reiterating anything, so you're best off reading that as well.
(Posted as XionEternum, but with review changes it should be Michael W. now)

Now, what's new to report? Well, as the title would suggest; I have learned a lot more about audio and audio hardware since my original review. First and foremost, this is a hardware internal DAC and amp and little else. It's got a middle-of-the-road DSP that has been around for quite some time now and still holds it's own for the price to this day. If you want "more" out of your on-board audio and that audio is rather old itself or extremely generic; then this will at the very least give your sound equipment a bit more punch and remove most if not all hiss.

Cons: While in my original review I claimed Windows would push 192kHz to it - and it can if the limits aren't auto-detected - the DSP itself will compress that down to 96kHz which only serves to increase the demand on both it and your CPU which is feeding the DSP the higher bit-rate audio. So you're best off matching the spec in Windows. ASUS software tends to conflict with some games. Case in point; an update to Saints Row 4 shortly after launch made the game crash at launch due to GX mode injecting .dll files whether the mode was enabled or not. I had to and still use a third party freeware driver called UNi Xonar in order to circumvent this problem. I would recommend anyone using any Xonar cards to use this software too as it's less conflictive in most cases.

Other Thoughts: I still stand by everything else I said. The audio quality value between this and the Arctic Sound P301 (which Newegg no longer carries for some odd reason) is undeniable. It's easily one of the best sub-100USD options available for both headphones and mic.

I must however reconsider my stance on True Surround Sound(TSS) vs Virtual Surround Sound(VSS):
I must admit, I fell for the VSS for a while until I realized I wasn't actually able to determine front/back origination of sound. I thought I could at first, and the Dolby Digital VSS effect DOES emulate what the sound would sound like coming from an array of surround sound speakers, but with one caveat... It's warped audio coming from a singular source. How can you tell? Well I dare you, any of you wannabe audiophiles out there to really pay attention to the famous "Barber Shop" mp3 out there which is recorded in stereo. Find your favorite audio forum and discuss - actually discuss - whether you think the sources you hear are in front of you or behind you at any point. Focus on it and ask yourself whether their sounds and voices feel like they are in front of you or behind you and when they are in front or behind. Here's a little mind-blower for you too: Also ask yourself if it sounds like they could be above or below you too. If you pay so much attention to it you can't tell; you'll start to feel this cone of source representing where the source could be coming from. If not, then frankly you're still deluding yourself. Try snapping your fingers in front, behind, below, and above you. Does the source in that mp3 REALLY sound that distinctively positional? Didn't think so. Now for the flipside... I've not found a single TSS headphone/set out their with sound reproduction quality rivaling even the Arctic Sound P301. We're comparing a 20USD headset with reasonable build quality if simple and minimalistic design and 2 50mm drivers to 100-180USD headsets with 6-10 30-40mm drivers that typically sound worse... tinny... weak... Frankly, all we really need is distinction between front and back, so where are the 4.0 headphones/sets? What happened to quadraphonic? The closest thing I've seen that sound reasonably good is the 40mm driver powered ROCCAT Kave - which I have and like for games, hate for music - and it's successor the XTD which I have not tested yet for fear of the same drivers.
Yes... my thoughts are this complex... *cringe*

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  • Brian L.
  • 8/19/2014 4:45:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPower for proper headphones!

Pros: I've always used a headphone amp to power my cans, and ever some buds. It fills out the sound giving you that richness that can be otherwise lacking. They pair great with my Razer Orcas!

Cons: None so far really. Perhaps it being an old school PCI card instead of a fancy new PCIe card. The Xonar Audio Center sometimes fails to auto-switch between speakers and headphone, but it's easy enough to fix manually via the system tray controls.

Other Thoughts: The headphone amp also works with front panel connectors, and can be switched off if it ever causes issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2014 9:27:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAffordable awesome upgrade

Pros: This card is definitely one of the best value card and most affordable upgradable to your average motherboard sound. Why? 105db snr, dolby headphones (powered by hardware dsp), standard front panel 3.5 mm connector and builtin headphone amplifier. 105db snr might not sound attractive to some people because motherboard sound has improved during recent years. Still a separate card should provide advantages over motherboard because of separate dsp chip and helping elimination of noise.

In present era, when creative eax is no more used by game developers, this card can be a perfect candidate for gaming along with music and movies. If you like to play older eax titles very often like me then I will recommend you to buy a creative card instead (preferably sb z). Please do not compare eax performance of this card to creative since this card only tries to emulate that which is not really accurate and well appealing.

This card performs exceptionally great for music and movies and on board audio does not even come close. Dolby headphones will really make you feel as of watching movie in theater. Once again, this is only about positional audio preference. Some people like creative cmss more but I prefer dolby headphones. If you buy this card, you have to play with these options to discover this cards true potential.

10 band equalizer is available along along with its software and is very responsive and accurate. You hear almost every missing tone from your previous listening experience. I also own essence stx and pair of hd600. I must admit this card justifies its price very well and somewhat beyond expectations.

Environmental presets however (hall, room, theater etc) are not as good as on creative.

Sound quality wise, this card will make your cheap speakers and headphones sing. Obviously it is recommended to use high quality speakers and headphones to see its true capability.

If you never had a chance to upgrade motherboard audio or you are still owning x-Fi or older cards and looking for a cheap upgrade, please try this. Be patient after installing and the card will show its quality after it will have its burnin done which may take a while. Initially after installing, it might sound somewhat terrible but with time it will give clean and louder sound.

Cons: Asus provides GX for emulating eax but it is not reliable and can cause glitches, sound loops or even game/system crashes. If you play old eax title, they will sound flat but still headphone amp and dolby headphone compliments it to some point. Creative has been the ultimate choice for more immersive gaming experience but sadly developers are not so much interested in hardware audio as much. New creative cards now offer a great value still because they have updated specs but they cost quite more than this card.

Other Thoughts: So make your choice

Cheap and value genral purpose card: Asus Xonar DG
game oriented: Sound blaster z (better music and movies than xonar dg)
Music and movies: Asus Xonar DX (superior sound quality)

Please note that above suggestions are value oriented since there are higher end and expansive cards out there.

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  • Trevor J.
  • 8/9/2014 11:28:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely worth it

Pros: Wow, what an upgrade from onboard audio. Been running onboard audio for years, and thought the not great sound was due to my cheap speakers. Even with my low end speaker set, this card made a huge difference in sound quality. And for only $30!

Cons: None.

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