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ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Great SnR
-Excellent Sound Depth and Audio Position
-Barely hear Static Noises
-Works on most Analog Speakers/Headphones
-Official Driver works perfectly with Windows 8.1 64-bit
-You don't have to plug in with HD Audio Panel Header directly to Sound Card (Optional)

Cons: -Some audible clicking when booting/restarting/shutting down the computer system
-Requires 4-pin Peripheral to power up the Sound Card
-EAX is useless
-DS3D sounds terrible
-Dolby DSP is futile for musics, movies, and even games!

Other Thoughts: *Update*

You can actually use Smart Volume for music, games, and videos if volume is tuned correctly. Usually around between 70-90 is fine; however, if you cannot hear everything else except music background is louder, you also have to make speaker volume/headphone volume higher in order to hear everything else. So, tune Smart Volume cautiously.

Make sure you set up correctly for Sound Mixer. It should be around between 76-84 volume.

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Excellent SnR
-Excellent Sound Quality
-Barely hear Static Noises
-Quick & Easy to install the official driver from ASUS website
-It sounds much much better than most common use Realtek Onboard Audio
-No problem with Windows 8.1 64-Bit Operating System
-You don't have to plug in with HD Audio Panel Header directly to Sound Card (optional)

Cons: -It makes some minor clicking noises when you perform Cold Boot/Warm Boot, Logging in to Windows Desktop/Restarting/Hibernating/Sleeping/Shutting Down
-It requires 4-pin peripheral to power up the Sound Card from power supply
-Most games doesn't support EAX, but sounds horrible , compared to regular sound extensions
-Smart Volume is useful to make music sound louder, but in games, you can barely hear other sound layers such as Weapon Sounds, Explosions, Dialogue Speech, etc.
-Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Pro Logic IIx causes excessive sound distortion for games, musics, and movies. (Not Recommended)
-DS3D uses Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Pro Logic IIx make it sound louder, but causes unnecessary sound distortion when gaming
-Mixer works pretty well at default 76, but when going over 80, it causes too much "boom" effect and you can barely hear character talking in game nor can you hear your own weapons firing at your target and it is recommended to leave sound mix default 76 or go up to 80 and that's it.

Other Thoughts: I noticed a big difference between ASUS Xonar DX and Realtek ALC898 Onboard Audio when it comes down to loudness and sound clarity. Onboard Audio kept making unwanted Static Noises at volume which I get disgruntled at all times!

When I use Realtek ALC898 Onboard Audio, volume sounds extremely low and I was enticed to tune the speaker volume very high so that I can hear everything when playing games, music, and videos. Sound Card, on the other hand, was just astonishing! I simply change playback devices via Windows Desktop and it was easy and simple. Furthermore, I did sound testing with Sound Card and Onboard Audio and I've got to say that Sound Card definitely makes sound clearer, you can barely hear static noises, bass sounds much stronger since I can manually change sound mix which is excellent, I am glad that I no longer use Onboard Audio solution. From my experience, I've been using Onboard Audio for 15 years and people have been saying gamers don't really need sound card due to the fact onboard can delivery great sound quality, but it was simply not Of courses, some high-end sound cards are needed for audiophile and yes, they're quite expensive! Since I don't work audiophile, all I need is decent budget sound card and enjoy with the music, games, and movies that will soothe my ears!

Overall, I highly recommend this sound card for gamers and you don't need to spend over $150 to use budget speakers. If you're getting Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speakers or very expensive headphones, you better buy ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card!

Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Logitech Z313 2.1 Speaker System 05/29/2014

This review is from: Logitech Z313 25 w 2.1 Speaker System

Pros: -Excellent Sound Bass & Treble
-Ideally for Budget, Performance, and Reliability
-It's affordable to all consumers
-Easy to enjoy with musics, games, and movies.
-Great for casual gamers, gamers
-Easy to plug in and play
-No 360 Degree Sound
-Better overall sound quality than Z323, Z523, and even Z623 Speaker System
-Subwoofer fits no problem under the desk since it's small

Cons: -Wires are too short
-Needs braided wire to protect cables without any interference
-Control Pod requires cleaning when it's first opened out of the box and it definitely affects audio when tuning up the speaker volume as well as pressing power button.
-Tuning up the speaker volume up to the max causes very noticeable Static Noises when using Realtek Onboard Audio unless you have a Sound Card installed.

Other Thoughts: When it's opened out of the box, make sure you open the control pod via using fillips screw driver and spray it with WD40, and just simply rub it with a wash cloth to make sure that you get very clean signal when tuning the speaker volume as well as pressing the power button, too.

-I've recently tested Z323, Z523, and Z623 2.1 Speaker System and from my experience, all these 3 speakers I've listed are completely abysmal and horrendous that Logitech designed these speakers ever made! I remember Logitech recently made X-230, Z2300 Speaker Systems in the past few years, but now Logitech discontinued making those products and only left with Z313 as one of the best budget 2.1 Speaker Systems on the planet!

In conclusion, I'd recommend this Z313 2.1 Speaker System to gamers who needs enough Bass as well as better Sound Quality, rather than spending over $110 such as Z523 and Z623 Speaker System.

Note: make sure to get a sound card to get full potential sound mix out of your system when playing games, musics, and movies!

Trust me, I've had these Z313 Speaker Systems for 5 years and it never lets me down. Also, I was very disappointed with Z323, Z523 speaker systems since it uses useless 360 Degree Sound Effects which ruins sound detail and I wasn't unable to hear everything such as grenade explosions, building collapse, lack of bass & treble, etc. Last but not least, Z623 uses total 200w total rms power and the bass was great, but not so great due to fact that it uses THX Certification that is designed for Home Cinema movies, but not ideal for games and music.


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Date Joined: 04/16/10

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