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Item#: N82E16829132020
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
  • $29.99
  • $27.99
  • Save: $2.00 (7%)
  • $17.99 after $10.00 rebate card
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5 out of 5 eggs Very nice sound card 01/21/2013

This review is from: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros:

It uses the CMI8788 chip set which is one of the premiere chip sets for audio listening. It does offer a 5.1 output but I have it hooked up to a pair of high quality powered 2.0 speakers and the card sounds as good if not better than it did with the dragonfly usb DAC.

Despite the limitations, this produces sound as good as a 250$ external DAC for about 25$. Suffice to say, you should just buy this card as it is a fantastic deal.

This card will work with linux but only the rear jacks.

Cons:

This chipset has limited linux support. The rear 5.1 and digital out will work but the front headphone jack will not. I am surprised that a company like Asus didn't put out an open source driver but they chose not to and basically this required a driver to be backward induced. Also do not expect any other feature to work other than audio out if you are buying this for a linux system.

Other Thoughts:

This card is about 25$ and sounds infinitely better than the mother board. It is PCI but they do make a PCIe card and I built my computer on the cusp of the transition. I wouldn't think twice about buying this card.

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