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ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

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   Shipping Weight:   0.8 lbs
   Part #: XONAR DG
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Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Host Interface PCI
DAC Data Width 24 bit
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 105 dB 103 dB
Sound Channels 5.1
Form Factor Internal
S/PDIF Out Yes
Audio Processor Model CMI8786
Audio Processor Manufacturer C-Media

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: XONAR DG
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: XONAR DG
     Product Name: XONAR DG Sound Board
     Product Type: Sound Board
     S/PDIF Out: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Form Factor: Internal
Technical Information  
     Audio Processor Manufacturer: C-Media
     Audio Processor Model: CMI8786
     DAC Data Width: 24 bit
     Host Interface: PCI
     Maximum Frequency Response: 48 kHz
     Minimum Frequency Response: 10 Hz
     Platform Supported: PC
     Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 105 dB
103 dB
     Sound Channels: 5.1

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Experience: 30 Days
 Verified Owner
works as should
none so far
i use it connect my 5.1 sound system
I would buy again if needed

Experience: 2 Months
Great Audio
Easy to use
This is a great sound card for a cheap price

Experience: 4 Months
 Verified Owner
- N/A
- Not PCI-E.. but that's my mistake
Accidentally bought this when I was looking for a PCI-E sound card - fortunately, a friend was looking for a PCI card...according to them, it's a great sound card.

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Excellent software features, great sound quality - superior to the on-board realtec chip.
A good upgrade if your on-board chip chip is either not working or just sounds crappy.

Experience: 4 Months
 Verified Owner
~Fantastic Audio
~Surround Sound
~Easy to use and assemble
If you want a cheap reliable sound card. I would recommend getting this! Be sure the audio isn't 7.1 when it comes to gaming though.

Rambo l'Acadien
Experience: 9 Months
Good sound cart

Nice product for the price, the sound is realy good.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
- Fixed my mic buzzing
- Can drive my speakers louder then my onboard
- Dolby surround is pretty cool and works decently
- Easy to switch from front panel headset to rear panel speakers

Overall an upgrade from my motherboards audio. Though I do have one of the cheapest boards out there (MSI A55M-E33) so if you have a high end board you may not notice a perceivable difference in sound quality. I did though as compared to the terrible onboard I had.

Not only that but the features it has are almost enough to justify the cost of the product altogether.
Drivers are a pain to install, took over an hour to get them working correctly, the card wasn't being detected by the install manager.
In the latest version of the Xonar Audio Control Panel, there's an option to select  8speakers, or effectively 7.1, as your output. Since the latest version wouldn't work for me I had to use the older version which didn't have that feature. So I wasn't able to test whether the 7.1 would work or not.
The Xonar audio control panel has a load of features. Unfortunately I didn't really play with any of them so I can't tell you about them. If you're interested in that, check out Asus website to see what all features you'd have access to. That is one of the best things about sound cards opposed to onboard audio on most PCs. The sound cards usually have a lot of extra audio effects to take advantage of. Some of which can be very effective.
This card comes equipped with a standard length PCI bracket. There is also an optional shorter one, which I honestly would never have any use for. But if you have a the type of PC with a shorter bracket slot, Asus was kind enough to give you the option.
Setup is easy. The PC I installed this card in used Windows 7 64 bit. Although I had to download the older driver version to make the optical out work, this card also comes with an install disc. Installing with the disc is as easy as it gets. When it's done there will be a little blue icon in the box next to the clock on the task bar, indicating the program is running. You can access it there by double clicking it or track down the shortcut in the program menu from the start button or in the appropriate folder in the Program Files (x86) folder.
Overall I was very satisfied with this card. For the hardware alone, I would rate this 5 Eggs. But because of the problems I had with the software, I am deducting 1 Egg. I wasn't able to take full advantage of all this cards features, so it gets 4 Eggs. Asus doesn't exactly support this hardware with frequent driver updates. When I looked, there were only 2. One from 2013 and the other from 2011. So clearly this card has been around for awhile. Which isn't a bad thing really, as it has given them ample time to work out most of the bugs. But clearly they still have work to do. Whether it will ever actually get done, I have my doubts.

Experience: 1 Years
 Verified Owner
Excellent sound. Nice amp for my sennheisers
Great buy, does its job very well

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Good quality for a value card, easy install, drivers work with Win 8.1 Pro.
Headphone amp is louder than on-board audio, but not as loud as my old PCI SB Audigy 2 card (which it replaced).
I've only tried it with 32 ohm gaming headphones, and it does the job well enough. It could be better for quiet music, but this will hold me to my next system build a year from now.

Experience: 1 Months
 Verified Owner
Solid sound card very good quality
It doesnt have a EMI shield
This is a very good budget sound card, the software that came with it is also pretty good.

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upgrade (joe_b- Dec 31, 13, 2 Replies) Read this message
RE: upgrade (Spork™- Dec 29, 13, 0 Replies) Read this message
Problems - drivers, audiojack at front (Morgan_R- Aug 08, 13, 0 Replies) Read this message
Does Optical port support 5.1? (Nick_K- Jun 23, 13, 9 Replies) Read this message
Onboard, Xonar DG5.1, and HDMI (John_C- Dec 20, 12, 2 Replies) Read this message
Would This Be An Upgrade? (JMartian- Nov 07, 12, 5 Replies) Read this message
Will this help with my microphone? (Clark_Y- Sep 18, 12, 2 Replies) Read this message
People say I don't need this. (DeViLzzz- Feb 24, 12, 29 Replies) Read this message
EAX? (Thorfinn- Oct 18, 11, 4 Replies) Read this message
Is this compatible with Psyko Carbon 5.1 (VenomousCarnage69- Aug 19, 11, 8 Replies) Read this message
This better than Audigy 2ZS? (Russ_M- May 10, 11, 4 Replies) Read this message
Does this have better stuff than my Crative Gamer (MisterLube- May 03, 11, 3 Replies) Read this message
Onboard or this? (Medtech- Apr 18, 11, 11 Replies) Read this message
Mic not working Win764bit (bgzA- Feb 09, 11, 3 Replies) Read this message

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Comment: Don't expect the same level of quality as the Essence STX or Xense, but the Xonar DG is without a doubt a great card for those on a budget.
Posted by: BernardP @04/05/12
Comment: For around the price of lunch, you can improve the audio in your system and add a discrete headphone amp. Pretty much an impulse buy with great benefits at the recent prices this thing is listed at.
Posted by: FirewireX @07/03/11
Comment: "Compared to the onboard Realtek ALC889, the only situation where there is a noticeable difference is when listening to music while the Dolby Headphones technology is enabled."
Posted by: BigChowder @05/02/11
Comment: Bit tech review
Posted by: spraynpray @10/26/10
Comment: "Truly another standout audio board from Asus, as well as being worthy or that now all too familiar Xonar livery."
Posted by: dsjlee @10/19/10
Comment: "Xonar DG costs less than a new PC game, but adds a lot of long term enjoyment"
Posted by: dsjlee @10/19/10
Comment: "the ability of the Xonar DG to support up to 150 Ohm headphones is a boon because you can really use some very high-quality headphones indeed."
Posted by: dsjlee @10/19/10
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