Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio
Effects for best PC audio upgrade
Complete Dolby Home Theater technologies Inheriting from D2 and D2X, Xonar DX also provides complete valuable Dolby Home Theater technologies for games and all home entertainments:
Dolby Digital Live: Real-time 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound encoders
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx: Converts stereo or 5.1 sounds to seamless 7.1 surround soundfield Dolby Headphone: Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround or 3D positional soundfield over any set of stereo headphones Dolby Virtual Speaker: Simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.
Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP DS3D GX 2.0 not only revives EAX and DirectSound effects in games on Windows Vista as GX 1.0, but also incorporates Dolby Home Theater Technologies (Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby PrologicIIX) to provide best gaming audio experience.
Innovative VocalFX makes gaming and online chat more lively and attractive VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice communication on PC.
Delivers about 35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR) The noise on Xonar DX audio card is only 1/35 (2.8%) of the noise level from most motherboard onboard audio. In addition, Xonar DX also produces as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion from motherboard audio does (-75dB).
Package Contents XonarTM DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express Audio Card Driver CD (including Portable Music ProcessorTM Lite and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities) S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptors *1 Quick Start Guide
System Requirements One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card One available 4-pin power cable from PC’s power supply unit Microsoft® Windows® Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005 Intel® Pentium®4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU >256 MB DRAM system memory >60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity sounds of the card
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- by David_W @Apr 02, 2008
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Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express Sound Card
4 x 3.5mm Mini Jack Audio Line Out
1 x 3.5mm Mini Jack Audio Line In
1 x 4-pin Auxiliary Input Jack Audio Header
1 x Headphone Jack Audio Header
1 x Microphone In Audio Header
Output @ Up to 24 bit 44.10 kHz to 192 kHz - Dolby Digital, DTS
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Virtual Speaker
Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
DS3D GX 2.0
Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
Smart Volume Normalizer
Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support
Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express Sound Card
S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptors
Quick Start Guide
One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
One available 4-pin power cable from PC's power supply unit
Microsoft Windows Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
>256 MB DRAM system memory
>60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
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Ths card gives excellent performance at a fair price for the features. It's main drawback is the lack of DTS and limited connectors in that The only ways the Xonar DX came up lacking are in its limited number of I/O jacks meaning that you are sharing the digital-out with the line/mic which is inco
Tech report editors choice. "The Xonar DX is more than just a fantastic sound card. It also cements Asus as the most credible—and importantly innovative—alternative to Creative's dominance of the PC audio market. Enthusiasts have been waiting for such an alternative for a long time. "
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old motherboard does support 5.1, but when i upgraded to z906, nothing really changed, i got a bigger bang than the old z10, that's all. but clearly the motherboard is taking a toll, because it just kept restarting the speakers. so i got the dx7.1.
there hasn't been a big improvement over the sound quality, i'd say 20% tops, but the base is better.
I purchased this as an alternative to my motherboard's on-board sound solution after it started developing some weird issue. Rather than try to fix that issue, I decided to dodge the whole thing by installing one of these and I do not regret it one bit. The control panel also allows for numerous more custom settings than my on-board sound did. All in all, a great, moderately low cost upgrade over on-board sound.
This is the card you need if you want to set up an HTPC, if your Mobo is not equiped (older) to handle Dolby Digital, or home theater sound, or even if you want to upgrade your onboard sound. I tried three different cards from Asus, before I found this one. There is a difference between the price points of this and the cheaper cards. The DX, will decode Dolby Digital in Full 5.1 and 7.1 right out of the box, where as the cheaper models just seem to have a pass through for this feature, which I believe needs some kind of software decoder to make anything work...not this one though, but be aware if your using anything newer than Vista you will have to do some updates from Asus's website for the audio driver, and you will have to change some of the audio settings in the control panel as well for Windows 7. But once up and running... it works great, the sound quality is perfect....love this card! This review was modfied by poster f 03-02-13 10:34 AM
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So this card gives me sort of mixed feelings. On the one hand the sound quality is amazing. There's no arguing that. The only problem is that the power connection on it seems to be quite finnicky. For example, sometimes when I move something around in my case the power cable gets touched just a little bit, and when I restart my computer I get a message saying that the power is unplugged, when it clearly isnt. You have to have the power connector plugged in perfectly, and yes, I mean perfectly. That being said, once it is plugged in correctly the card is great. Its just annoying if you tinker with your components a lot, because you'll find yourself constantly having to power down your computer and play with the power connection a bit.
I will just say what I think. I have always used creative x-fi. The last few years the support and drivers haven't been that good so I switched to asus Xonar. I can't hear the difference at all. The drivers and software still seem like an afterthought. So after saying that. I think both sound great, I just can't hear or see the difference. I would go with what one is cheaper at the time.
No issues - I am using the alternative Uni drivers. Great sound and no complaints. I am using it for gaming mostly in 5.1 surround sound. The sound is very clear and it was easy to set up on Windows 7 with the Uni drivers I found. I hears the stock drivers aren't very good - I cannot say either way as I did not try them. Lower cost would have been nice say $60 but it is still worth it as is - 5 stars.
good card, lack of headphone amp still powers up my headphones fine, i have some 60 ohms headphones. sound is amazing on this, with the equalizer you could set it to whatever you want it to sound, amazing!!
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