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ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card

  • PCI Express x1, 5.1 Channels
  • Dolby Headphone technology
  • ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gaming audio engine
  • 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenarios
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Optimized for immersive gaming action through precision audio. The Xonar DGX audio card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround with the ASUS-exclusive GX 2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headphone amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DGX 5.1 an ideal audio card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their play environments.

  • newegg 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenarios The Xonar DGX uses three modes to cater to different usage scenarios: voice, pro-gaming, and exciter modes. Sound positioning helps gamers become better informed of environments and thus more competitive, especially in multiplayer first person shooters.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone technology for an immersive 5.1-channel surround experience The Xonar DGX 5.1 uses Dolby Headphone technology to level up your stereo headphones to surround sound brilliance.
  • newegg GX 2.5 for realistic 3D gaming audio effects The exclusive ASUS GX 2.5 gaming audio engine on the Xonar DGX 5.1 allows up to 128 different sound effects simultaneously for a realistic 3D audio environment. It also offers full compatibility with the latest version of EAX.
  • newegg Automatic jack-sensing front-panel output The Intel HDA-compatible front-panel header automatically switches output between the back and the front of the case once speakers/headphones are plugged in. Never again will you be bothered by the need to change connection settings manually!


Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DGX

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DGX

Audio core

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

Ports

Line In
1 x 3.5mm RCA jack
Line Out
3 x 3.5mm RCA jack
SPDIF Out
1 x Digital S/PDIF Output
CD/Aux In
1 x 4-pin header on the card
Other Ports
1 x Front-Panel Header

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1

Features

Features
Built-in Headphone AMP to power up every sound detail in gaming

3 headphone AMP gain modes for different usage scenarios - VOIP, pro-gaming, exciter

Dolby Headphone technology for an immersive 5.1 surround experience

ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gaming audio engine for realistic 3D audio effects

Smart Volume Normalizer

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter

Magic Voice

Karaoke Functions

FlexBass

10 -band Equalizer

27 Environment Effects

GX2.5 Gaming Audio Engine

VocalFX

Physical Spec

Dimensions
6.71" x 2.54" (L x W)

Packaging

Package Contents
Xonar DGX Audio Card
Low -profile Bracket x 1
Driver CD x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime


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  • Steven B.
  • 6/18/2014 3:26:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Linux Compatible

Pros: This is a great sound card if you use windows, I use one of these on a Windows 7 machine does a great job, no unwanted noise crystal clear sound

Cons: This card is not Linux compatible, as a matter of fact when I contacted their tech department, they told me I should switch to windows. To bad because I really needed this in an older computer.

Other Thoughts: Asus should provide linux drivers for their products, instead of telling customers to switch to windows.

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  • Julian R.
  • 6/10/2014 10:41:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card if you know what you're buying

Pros: Awesome for headphone gaming. Easy to install, use, very nice sound (significant improvement over some very good integrated audio hardware that I was using). Very nice price. ASUS.

Cons: The surround sound emulation was less than I'd hoped, but really that was just a bell/whistle, not a specific reason for me buying the card. The other features were just fine or better than expected.

Other Thoughts: Audiophiles will want better, as will those with higher end home surround systems. This card, however, is geared towards headphone gaming and the best you can get for most gaming headsets without wasting money. You want better quality for a home system? Buy the DG model - that's what it was meant for. Have a very high quality professional set of headphones? Buy something towards the professional end....that was meant for professional grade audio. Just want something to give a great experience for your nice gaming headset? This'll do.

As a final note - it does perform very well with music if the EQ is adjusted.

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  • Travis K.
  • 6/4/2014 9:09:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Value Sound Card

Pros: If you are looking for a sound card and don't want to spend a lot this card is for you. It is a nice upgrade over the onboard sound for most mobos. Allowed me to use my headset and get some nice sounds for gaming with Dolby surround. It is decent for music. Just remember it is not a top end card and you will be happy.

Cons: None so far. Does what I expected based on price.

Other Thoughts: Get this on sale, it seems to always have a sale and a rebate attached so you can get this for $30 or cheaper quite often.

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  • Sergey P.
  • 5/25/2014 10:25:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Value Soundcard for Gamers

Pros: - Great sound quality and clarity
- Supported by UNi Xonar drivers that provide superior 7.1 Shifter Dolby Headphone experience that normal ASUS drivers cannot provide
- Low-latency performance if you use UNi Xonar drivers
- Can be used with low-ohm headphones
- Bug-free performance if you use UNi Xonar drivers

Cons: - Official ASUS Xonar drivers SUCK and their use results in poorer Dolby Headphone positional audio, high latency, sound issues, etc.
- Does not support Dolby Digital & DTS 5.1 over SPDIF
- Dolby Headphone has more echo and reverberation regardless of the drivers and positional audio profiles. It is inferior to CMSS-3D and SBX Pro surround sound solutions found on Creative soundcards.

Other Thoughts: This soundcard should be used ONLY with UNi Xonar drivers that provide a far superior Dolby Headphone 7.1 positional audio experience through its 7.1 Shifter profile. Regular ASUS Xonar drivers produce way too much echo and reverberation when Dolby Headphone is enabled.

This soundcard is rated @ 10ohms, which means your headphones should be rated @ around 80ohms because of the 1:8 soundcard to headphone ohm ratio for great sound clarity. My Sennheiser HD-280 Pro headphones are rated @ 64ohms, creating a slight mismatch, but the sound is still terrific!

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  • Todd T.
  • 5/20/2014 4:53:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap
Solid Sound
Decent software

Cons: I had some issues when installing the drivers. It kept saying that no Xonar sound card was found. Disabling the on-board audio in the BIOS resolved this.

Other Thoughts: While this isn't the best sound card out there, it is probably the best value you can get. It powers my Sennheiser PC 360 headset with ease. It really gives them the extra punchy and crisp sound that on-board audio just can't do.

The software could be layed out a bit better, but is easy enough to use. The adjustable EQ is a great touch. You can even save different EQ's. It can simulate 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, although I don't mess with it as the positioning on the PC 360's is great anyway. The virtual surround sound makes music sound horrible anyway. The software offers and cool voice changer as well. It works quite well and is fun to mess with especially in game.

Overall it is a great buy if you have headphones that can take advantage of the amp.

NOTE: It would seem that ASUS fixed the issue with the front audio not switching back to the rear audio automatically. I was able to have my headphones plugged into the back and plug in my stereo and it automatically switched. When I unplugged my stereo, it autiomatically switched back to the rear.

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  • Robert D.
  • 3/17/2014 12:36:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAsus DGX PCI-E soundcard

Pros: The beta Win 8.1 drivers worked well. I had some apprehension in using the beta drivers but right now they are the only ones I know of specific to Win 8.1. For $34.99 and a ten buck rebate it was too good to pass up. This card shines in games. Streaming music via pandora very good too. Slightly less quality in music (But better in games) then my old systems Audigy 2. A bit too much brass to my ears. 1000% better then the on board sound chip on my Gigabyte 970A-UD3P. IF you are a gamer and can't take onboard sound anymore this card is the one to get and save.

Cons: Music is not it's forte gaming is.

Other Thoughts: Pick it up now as it's only $34.99 and has a ten dollar rebate through 3/31/2014.

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  • Ashley S.
  • 2/5/2014 4:47:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Sound Card

Pros: Affordable & compact.

Cons: Slightly turbulent driver installation.

Other Thoughts: Simple installation into motherboard and does not require an external power connection. Great sound while listening to music and in games, even through a relatively basic pair of Gearhead headphones. Provides positional sounds during games, a feature that I like. No crackling, buzzing or distortion to be heard as far as I can tell.

Driver installation took a few attempts, but Windows 7 eventually saw to it. Installing from the included CD did not seem to work.

Recommended for an inexpensive yet effective audio processing solution.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 2/2/2014 8:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for.

Pros: It's a cheap card and you will notice an improvement over the default onboard audio.
I bought this for while I'm running CFD (Engineering thing that maxes the PC like a benchmark test) and still want to listen to uninterrupted music while I wait. Once I over came the compatibility issues, she works as advertised.

Cons: This is be NO means an audiophile card. As soon as I grad, I will be purchasing an HT Omega card an lighting this on e on fire!

It advertises a headphone pre-amp, though it is no more powerful that an onboard.

Other Thoughts: As soon as I installed this card on my Gigabyte board, I went into a post failing boot loop. I did previously wipe all audio drivers and disabled the onboard codecs in the Bios, so no issue there. After scouring the Tom's and the forums, the only fix I found was placing this PCIE 1.0 card in my secondary GPU slot. As soon as I did this, everything was happy. Of course the incessant boot crashing made windows angry, giving me another day of tinkering.

I gave the card 4 stars because I was unable to ascertain the orgin of my install problems, also the quality and performance are properly matched to the price. I do not have any other PCIE expansion cards to test, so I don't know if it's a Gigabyte MoBo issue or a Xonar issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2014 12:22:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy! Not worth it.

Pros: - Sound quality is a minor improvement over low-end onboard audio (Realtek ALC892). Sounds are clearer and more distinct...

Cons: - Only a minor improvement over the Realtek ALC892, which is one of the lowest quality onboard audio solutions. Higher end onboard audio might be equal or better than this sound card.
- Sounds tinny at times.
- Microphone is incredibly low and therefore unusable. For a gamer who uses VOIP, this is a deal breaker. For every other sound card out there, you can boost the microphone input +30 db, but this option is removed from this sound card. Supposedly there is a pre-amp for the microphone - this is either a flat-out lie or a poorly implemented solution. You have to scream to be heard.
- Driver defaults microphone input to front panel, which can cause confusion (look at other reviews here). This is particularly stupid since most people will be using headsets with this card and since the front-panel headphone is not amplified, they will be plugging their headsets into the rear. Poor design.

Other Thoughts: Nowadays, almost every motherboard comes with onboard sound. If this sound card sounds slightly better than the lowest-end onboard sound, and the microphone input is worse (unusable!), I can't think of a price point in which I would buy this card.

I purchased this sound card specifically for gaming/VOIP, as onboard audio has terrible microphone quality (lots of static and noise). But still, static and noise is still usable compared to silence. Other people will not be able to hear you with this sound card.

My advice: stick to onboard audio until you get to the premium/high-end audio solutions.

Note - I used to use a PCI Creative X-Fi, but since Intel dropped support for PCI, I can't use it anymore. Everything sounded fine and recording quality was top-notch so I know my headphones/microphone are working fine. The Asus Xonar DGX is just not a good product.

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  • Leonardo B.
  • 1/9/2014 4:49:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAsus

Pros: Cheap but Asus did not honored the rebate so I paid more than I wanted.

Cons: Asus did not honored its rebate

Other Thoughts: I bought the sound card the 11/30/13 and the rebate promotion was going on, maybe I printed the PDF rebate when I received the card (December) and there was a new form, who knows, I did not have copy for myself, I just know they denied it because the day I bought it. If I would have the UPC I would return it because the Dolby Headphone is not as great as I thought for watching movies and the card itself is not an improvement from my previous Creative X-music sound card. I personally think the POWERDVD dolby headphone software works better than this card. Because the rebate I will keep my money away from Asus.

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