- PCI Express x1 Low Profile, 7.1 Channels
- Powered by complete Dolby Home Theater technologies
- VocalFX voice processing technologies
- Delivers ~35 times cleaner audio quality
- $99.99 –
- $89.99 after $10.00 rebate card
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Great upgrade from onboard 03/25/2013
This review is from: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
The DX has a much more detailed and clearer sound than my onboard Realtek ALC892. The bass is also punchier and tighter. No more audio noises or static when using the 3.5mm front panel jack on my case. The DX provides better audio positioning in games than my onboard did.
It's a great all around card for under $100
Not really a con,but the card requires a 4 pin floppy connector,which Asus is nice enough to include a 4 pin to molex adapter in case your PSU doesn't have one.
No dedicated optical port like some of the newer cards have,not a problem for me but maybe a problem for some.
Third party driver software may provide better results for those with compatibility issues,just Google "Brainbit Xonar drivers".
I tried the other more popular,more famous brand of sound card as a comparison test,specifically the fancy one with the name that comes after the letter "Y".
Their cards may be better for just gaming,but not as good for music or as an all around card. However, the software was a pain to download from the site and even more of a pain to uninstall from my system when switching back to my Xonar DX.
The other card's sound EQ settings were just as good, the extra effects were just okay,and at times sounded to digitized or unrealistic with music. All of this is just my experience and how it sounds to me,it may sound very different to you.
At under $100 you really can't go wrong with the Asus Xonar DX.
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