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ASUS Xonar DSX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Audio Card

  • PCI Express x1, 7.1 Channels
  • GX2.5 for realistic 3D gaming audio effectsts
  • DTS Connect technology for an immersive 7.1 surround experience
  • Swappable OPamp socket - Tune up your own sound with ease
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Bring the Hi-Fi spirit to your Games, Music, and Movies

The Xonar DSX audio card combines DTS Connect technology with the ASUS-exclusive GX 2.5 gaming audio engine and onboard amplifiers. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DSX 7.1 an ideal audio card for audiophiles.

  • newegg GX 2.5 for realistic 3D gaming audio effects Feel opponents sneaking behind you and hear voices echo in dungeons with the ASUS-exclusive GX 2.5 gaming audio engine, which allows up to 128 different sound effects at once for a realistic 3D audio experience. It also supports the latest version of EAX and restores surround gaming in Windows 7 with no additional software.
  • newegg DTS Connect technology for an immersive 7.1-channel surround experience Consisting of DTS Neo: PC and DTS Interactive technologies, DTS Connect brings the world’s most wanted hi-fi surround sound to your PC and turns it into a powerful multimedia center and game console. DTS Neo: PC converts any stereo signal into 7.1 channels while DTS Interactive turns all sound into sensational 7.1 DTS Digital surround via S/PDIF output – feed your AV receiver the best surround available!
  • newegg True 192 KHz/24-bit PC hi-fi enjoyment Enjoy music file conversion at the highest quality with no sample rate downgrade.
  • newegg Swappable operational amplifiers - tune up your own sound A design once only seen on hi-end audio equipment is now presented on the Xonar DSX 7.1. It allows you to customize your sound with no soldering, and thus create your favorite listening experience with ease.
  • 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 DSX


Xonar DSX

Audio core

Audio Chipset
Sample Rate
Digital Audio
Up to 107dB
DTS Interactive Encoder/DTS Neo


Line In
1 x 3.5mm RCA jack
Line Out
4 x 3.5mm RCA jack
1 x S/PDIF Header
Other Ports
1 x Front-Panel Header


PCI Express x1


GX2.5 for realistic 3D gaming audio effectsts

DTS Connect technology for an immersive 7.1 surround experience

192k/24bit True PC Hi-Fi Enjoyment

Swappable OPamp socket - Tune up your own sound with ease

Auto-detect front-panel - best flexibility and connectivity

Smart Volume Normalizer

Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter

Karaoke Functions


10 -band Equalizer

27 Environment Effects


Physical Spec

2.54" x 6.6" (L x W)


Package Contents
Xonar DSX Audio Card
S/PDIF optical adaptors x 1
Low -profile Bracket x 1

Quick Info


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

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  • Casey M.
  • 4/2/2014 11:34:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWindow 7 Crash - Memory Error

Pros: None

Cons: We bought (2) of these for our HP Workstations so we could listen to videos and training materials. Shortly after installation on the 1st workstation we chased several Blue Screen errors and performance issues. We checked all the updates, drivers, etc. and still had multiple problems. We removed RAM switched Memory Modules, checked software and still had problems. We finally got a Blue Screen that we were able to take a picture of that said "Hardware Malfunction". We removed the ASUS audio card and the blue screen errors stopped. Our 2nd workstation was not being used too often but when it was brought online and being used on a regular basis we got a Blue Screen in a couple of days. Since we already knew the problem with the other machine we promptly removed the ASUS audio card from this machine. No more Blue Screens or errors as of yet on the 2nd machine.
Since we were able to identify the error on both machines we are certain these audio cards caused the problem. Both workstations are configured the same and have the same software. HP Workstations are 8300 towers, i5 3.4 GHz, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. We have used Creative audio cards in the past but decided to try the ASUS cards since we just wanted a little better sound quality and didn't need 7.1 or a bunch of other stuff. We DO NOT recommend using these audio cards. We should have stayed with Creative or just the onboard sound.

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  • Timothy B.
  • 2/20/2014 9:27:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't Fit

Pros: None because I couldn't use it...looks nice?

Cons: Didn't fit onto my ASRock Fatal1ty MOBO and Rosewill Challenger Case. TO BE FAIR, my GPU was also having a small small snag fitting so maybe its the MOBO/Case? But I did notice after I took the sound card out, the GPU was working fine...

The metal bracket you screw into the case itself is just too short, it needs to be slightly higher maybe by 1cm. Such a shame...

Other Thoughts: ASUS is a good company, I have bought many parts from them, but this is real frustrating.

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  • Beverly B.
  • 1/2/2014 1:57:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: Fair price

Cons: The Mic and Line-in is a shared function... not separate. The maximum output volume isn't even close to my old Audigy2.

Other Thoughts: The only reason I bought this card is because Creative isn't going to make Audigy2 ZS drivers for Windows 8.

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  • Russell T.
  • 12/22/2013 4:07:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good sound for the price.

Cons: Software. Oh man, the software. The card will auto detect and switch to anything plugged into the front panel, but it doesn't detect when it's unplugged. You have to go into the card settings (which is designed horribly and incredibly unclear) to switch it back. There is no other way to switch to the back panels, which makes this card an enormous hassle if you switch between headphones and speakers with any sort of regularity.

Other Thoughts: It will give decent sound for the price, but I recommend avoiding this card due to the absolutely horrible software behind it.

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  • howard s.
  • 11/22/2013 9:47:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsI still dont have it

Pros: Im sure that when I get it, it will live upto the standard of all Asus products.

Cons: I placed my order on Wed, paid 15.90 for 2 day shipping plus 2.99 rush handling, and was informed on Fri that my card would be delivered on Mon and that fell into an "accepable time frame". Where is it "acceptable for the delivery to take twice as long as I paid for? I have built 2 computers in the last year using exclusivly Newegg, and spent untold amonuts on shipping and rma shipping for my parts, I will waste no more money at Newegg and will use my local from now on.

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  • Yuk C.
  • 11/13/2013 8:57:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEhr.. Drivers...

Pros: Working fine. I notice the difference between it and the onboard audio.

Cons: Drivers... When you plug in headphones to the front, it automatically switches to it, but when you unplug it, you have to open the driver software and switch it back manually.. -_-" Not too big of a deal but can get annoying. Please release an update Asus -.-"

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  • Vegas L.
  • 10/17/2013 2:58:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdoing what its supposed to do

Pros: installed with no problems .. works great .

Cons: no cons ..

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ASUS Xonar DSX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Audio Card
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  • brandon C.
  • 10/15/2013 11:10:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: This card is an amazing buy if you just picked up some 5.1 or 7.1 headphones or speaker system. if you don't previously own a sound card i highly recommend this to fully increase your depth of sound on every level and kicks playing games into high gear with surround awareness, or if your into music it dramatically changes the music so that you can hear all beats and previously hidden notes in music bringing out the vast depth of any music. the card's driver itself has a vast virility of customization of EQ levels to fit your style, if your into bass its got it and does an amazing job at projecting the REAL quality of music strait to your headphones / speakers. again, for cost / effectiveness i highly recommend over any other sound card.

Cons: None i can think of.
only note i add is make sure you take a look at your Main board to see if you have room for the card overall its a compact card and fits nicely. just a heads up.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 9/21/2013 6:17:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMostly good, some odd behavior

Pros: Sounds great once everything's set up. Low-profile bracket is perfect for an HTPC. The optical adapter was a nice touch. Hardware install was easy, as was the driver. In fact, I went with the Xonar because of some very bad driver experiences with a certain other sound card manufacturer. So far, I have not been disappointed

Cons: S/PDIF 5.1 speaker setup is a bit counter-intuitive. Setting it to "6 speakers" pushes the rear audio through the front speakers, but if you set it to 8 speakers (ie, 7.1) you get proper rear-channel sound. Also having strange glitches with certain video files playing at a higher or lower pitch than normal, also DTS-encoded optical discs aren't playing in surround. This is likely just a software thing though and I need to do some tweaking.

Other Thoughts: Needed something with an optical out for my HTPC, since it was going into a receiver that has neither HDMI nor analog 5.1 input. This fit the bill nicely.

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  • Christopher Z.
  • 9/9/2013 7:50:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Cheap Thrill

Pros: - Great Sound Quality
- Great for speakers
- Easy to manually install (no power due to pci-e)
- Easy to install software
- Best for the 25 - 100 dollar range
- Software is user friendly (basic onboard style settings)

Cons: - Little amplification for Audiophile Headphones (Cans Fool!)
I bought this card because I read its specs (192KHz, 24-bit) and knew that it would perform and i could tweek it to get what sound I wanted but the actual output is lacking. Possibly because its pci-e and has no power plugs like standard pci? I had an HT Striker before standard pci and it could punch a lot of output to quality headphones. I listen to music as loud as i can without it hurting physically w/ the greatest amount of level bass. So yeah...->
- The Drivers, effects and EQ
You would think, hey man maybe you could correct that output issue in the software/drivers? You can raise the audio level a little more in the "audiocenters" "mixer" just enough to merit the question "Why was it even lowered stock?". The Effects are in the style of basic onboard cards a la realtek (exact actually and i don't use that stuff/fluff anyways so w/e). The EQ is your basic winamp or realtek style which is always nice but i expected more (asking too much?).

Other Thoughts: Don't let my title and review scare you, this card gives amazing sound at a great low cost. It will blow any mobo/onboard audio in quality and performance of course with these specs. The EQ is always capable of tweaking and getting that sound you want for whatever style of music you listen to. I didn't want to spend more than 80 dollars and this was the best for that price range and i would purchase it again. I was just hoping for a diamond in the rough I guess

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