Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio
Effects for best PC audio upgrade
Complete Dolby Home Theater technologies Inheriting from DX and D2X, Xonar D1 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 D1 audio card is only 1/35 (2.8%) of the noise level from most motherboard onboard audio. In addition, Xonar D1 also produces as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion from motherboard audio does (-75dB).
S/PDIF header for combining audio with video through a VGA card’s HDMI output The new S/PDIF header allows connectivity with supporting VGA cards, facilitating merged output of audio and video through a VGA card’s HDMI port. This provides a clean, simple solution for Home Theater PC builders.
System Requirements One PCI slot for the audio card 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
- by David_W @May 25, 2009
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 116dB for front-out, 112dB for other channels dB Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 112 dB Output THD+N at 1kHz: 0.00056% (-105dB) for Front-out Input THD+N at 1kHz: 0.0004% (-108dB) for Line-in Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input): <10Hz to 48KHz Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)
Audio Processor: ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit) 24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources: Cirrus-Logic CS4398*1 for Front-Out (120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit), Cirrus-Logic CS4362A*1 for other 6 channels (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit 24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Cirrus-Logic CS5361* 1 (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution: 4.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit S/PDIF Digital Output: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit, Dolby Digital, DTS S/PDIF Digital Input: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit ASIO 2.0 Driver Support: Supports 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @16/24bit with very low latency
Analog Output Jack: 3.50mm mini jack *4 (Front/Side/Center-Subwoofer/Back) Analog Input Jack: 3.50mm mini jack *1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In) Other line-level analog input (for CD-IN/TV Tuner): Aux-In (4-pin header on the card) Digital S/PDIF Output: High-bandwidth TOS-Link optical transmitter (shared with Line-In/Mic-In jack) supports 192KHz/24bit
S/PDIF Header: Connecting to supported VGA cards with HDMI output
Operation System: Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005 Dolby® Technologies: Dolby® Digital Live Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in real-time to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your home theater environment through one single S/PDIF connection
Dolby® Headphone Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of stereo headphones.
Dolby® Virtual Speaker Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.
Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx Dolby Pro-Logic II is the well-known technology to process any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield. Smart Volume Normalizer™: Smart Volume Normalizer™ Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming Xear 3D™ Virtual Speaker Shifter: Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning Magic Voice™: Xonar D1 provides VocalFX, the latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including: -VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in EAX games -ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you chat online -Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types (Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting Karaoke Functions: Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects like professional Karaoke machine FlexBass™: Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system 3D Sound Engines/APIs: Vista: DirectSound3D® GX 2.5, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
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* Distinctly superior sound quality compared to modern onboard audio (Realtek ALC889)
* The best implementation of speaker virtualisation I have heard
* Excellent bass redirection controls
* Optical digital output
* Low profile compatible
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This card is clear and produces good sound but is not flawless. It is adequate and I suggest getting the 2013 beta drivers if you use Win7. Music and movies sound great. It's mostly good in games and does what it should but sometimes, not often, produces mild choppiness in sound. The EAX abilities in this card are great! The card sometimes exudes an inability to completely produce certain fast sounds like when navigating windows explorer windows give a click. This issue doesn't seem to appear any other time.
I would recommend this card for it's clear sound and what has been a smooth driver experience. There are many options in the drivers and they seem powerful. I would also suggest a buyer be clear that this card has its minor issues.
I needed to update my on-board Realtek HD audio. I only had the standard front speaker jack, Mic-in and Line-In. I needed a good X.1 speaker set up. Xonar D1 was a good choice and Asus did have the required drivers for Windows 7 64 bit.
Amazing sound card, my bass and music sounds much more clearer now, as well as games. It makes a weird crackling sound at boot, but I was told this is normal. Much better than the DX model, which requires an extra floppy power connector.
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