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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): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Michael S.
  • 11/3/2014 3:01:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASUS Xonar DSX just OK

Pros: With the proper effects selected (soft-rock), sound is better than my onboard.

Cons: Unable to get the front-panel headphone autosense to work...and yes, it's plugged in properly. Have to go into the Xonar DSX Audio Center control panel each time I want to use headphones and select the front-panel jack manually. Kind of a pain.

Other Thoughts: I use headphones 50% of the time. Without the autosense functioning, I probably would not recommend to a least I'd make it very clear that it didn't work in any discussion.

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  • Sean B.
  • 9/17/2014 7:19:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT sound!

Pros: - Easy to install
- AMAZING sound

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I was always skeptical about TechReport always recommending this sound card in their PC builds and finally took the plunge to see what all the fuss was about.

Some folks might not hear a difference, depending on what motherboard you are using / integrated sound your board has. I noticed a gigantic difference immediately! Once EQ'd to my taste (or my ears), it was like listening to whatever music I played for the first time. I was hearing things I hadn't heard before in some of the songs.

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  • Colby S.
  • 9/8/2014 12:30:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsComplete garbage

Pros: -Worked great.. While it worked..

Cons: -Fail's to output sound after 4 months
-Drivers are complete garbage (Had to scour the internet for an hour to find working drivers)

Other Thoughts: I've owned this for 4 months, it was kept in a dust-free case with high ventilation and low moisture and it just now failed. I kid you not, it just failed right now around 15 minutes ago. I was listening to music, my computer crashed, computer came back and now I only have sound through my soundcard.

I didn't even change anything even REMOTELY related to drivers, this card is total junk. If you want my advice pay the extra $20-$30 and get something better because this thing has been nothing but a pain in my side since I bought it. Ironically enough this failure comes from running on a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, we'll see if the motherboard lasts much longer than this shoddy sound card.

And this also comes after getting back my RMA'd Tiamat 7.1 headset, which is now WORKING but now I have to get a new sound card too. Completely disappointed, I'll refrain from ASUS sound cards until they get their own hardware in order.

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  • Chris T.
  • 8/26/2014 3:55:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Sound...

Pros: Great sound
Easy install
Drivers are easy

Cons: Nothing

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  • David T.
  • 8/13/2014 7:08:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent upgrade

Pros: Highly recommend this sound card! Best card for it's price range. Took my sound quality to a whole new level. Hearing audio I've never heard from tracks I've listened to many times over. If you care about audio quality and don't have a lot to spend, you can't get anything better than this!

Cons: Sound levels with head phones limited without tweaking

Other Thoughts: Best buy for the price range!

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  • Yuk C.
  • 7/22/2014 1:06:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDriver Problem Solutions

Pros: Great sound, low price.

Cons: Lots of driver complications.

Other Thoughts: Finding drivers on ASUS site felt like a maze and their site is quite slow IMO. Go on the ASUS site and search for "Xonar DSX." Click on the card, and go to the "Support" tab. In the middle you will see the "Driver & Tools." From there you select your operating system and download the latest driver for the device.
Another problem I encountered was that it DID NOT produce sound over Steam in home streaming to another computer and DID NOT record in-game sound when I used Nvidia Shadowplay. If anyone is experiencing the same problem, open up the Xonar Drivers and on the bottom right, you will see "DSP Mode" with buttons labeled "HF or GX." Turn those off.

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  • Colby S.
  • 5/29/2014 10:15:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: -Works with Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset
-24 bit
-Built-in amplifier
-Bass kicks HARD

Cons: -See other thoughts

Other Thoughts: After reading up that the drivers are a mess I was somewhat skeptical about this sound card but I soon discovered that's all nonsense. The drivers work just as intended and if they don't work for you there are other community created patches and workarounds (Yes, there is a community surrounding the Xonar series of sound cards).

And for those of you complaining that the software is from 2012 please dunk your heads. It's a sound card, and unless you're buying a $200+ card don't expect monthly updates to fix all of your little nitpicky problems with the interface, get over it.

Overall this sound card works great. I got it, plugged it into a PCI-E x16 lane (x1 is covered by crossfire), installed drivers, and I was listening in pure bliss within 15 minutes. Don't let the bad reviews fool you, most of the people complaining "OH THIS DUZENT WERK!" would probably try to download more ram. Great product ASUS, expect my business in the future!

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  • Ted F.
  • 5/10/2014 12:43:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Sound Card But...

Pros: DTS Surround Sound and up to 7.1. That's what I wanted this for.

Cons: Does NOT go up to any 24-bit, Only 16-bit. If I select any 24-bit I get strange slow sounds then lots of popping.

Other Thoughts: Also the rebate for this product does not work. I tried several times. What a Rip off...!! just to get $10 back.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 4/21/2014 8:51:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Size

Pros: I went with a smaller card so that my Video card could breath, my full-sized Creative card was choking out my Nvidia. The features I really wanted on this were the smaller (height especially) size, a front port connector, Toslink, and good sound quality. I got three of the four with this card (four of four if I manage to not loose that little widget adapter by the time I buy a new receiver.)

Cons: The only thing that disappointed me was the auto-switching from the Front Panel jack to the rear jack. I tried to scour the Internet for a fix, but no luck. I even tried to unplug and re-plug in the rear port jacks, but that did nothing (even if it did remedy the situation, this solution would have been worse than the problem)

Other Thoughts: Would I recommend it? Yes. Would I hail it as a brilliant leap forward in the audio world? No. C'mon people, it's a mid-level sound card; not pro-studio equipment.

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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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