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ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

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  • 7.1 Channels
  • PCI Express x1 Interface
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Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
Xonar DX

Audio core

Audio Chipset
ASUS AV100
Channels
7.1
SNR
116dB
Hardware Decode
Dolby Digital

Ports

Line Out
Front/Rear/Center/Subwoofer/Rear Center

Spec

Interface
PCI Express x1

Packaging

Package Contents
Xonar DX Sound Card
User Manual
Driver Disk

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Calidane
  • 6/16/2014 8:44:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent sound!

Pros: This card produces excellent sound for the money. I have Klipsch 5.1 ProMedia speakers connected and music and movies sound excellent. Also have Audio Technica ATH A700X headphones and with this sound card gaming is AWESOME!

Cons: None

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  • 5/31/2014 2:22:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsXonar DX

Pros: -Great SnR
-Excellent Sound Depth and Audio Position
-Barely hear Static Noises
-Affordable
-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.

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  • 5/29/2014 3:07:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Xonar DX

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!

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  • Czek
  • 5/6/2014 5:45:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperior sound.

Pros: I bought this card so I could take full advantage of my Turtle Beach 5.1 surround headphones. It simply works fantastic. Immediately I noticed the noise from my 7.1 motherboard audio vanish and quiet crystal clear sounds flooding my ears. One feature that I consider to be a bonus is the Smart Volume Normalizer (SVN). When turned on it plays any and all audio at the same level ...so no more manually volume adjusting when switching between any audio streams or sources... For the price, this is a great quality hybrid card if you like gaming, music and DVD/Blu-ray.

Cons: I think Asus could do a better job with with respect as to how you update the drivers. The updated drivers are easy to find on the Asus Support site but Asus requires you to install downloader software to get them.....then you need a program like winrar to open the files before you install them. This is more of a hassle than a big deal but it would have been better if Asus had an "auto-update " feature in the user interface.

Other Thoughts: Card was installed on an ASUS 990FX Sabertooth board.
Windows 7 64 bit.

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  • Du
  • 5/3/2014 9:51:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything Sounds Better

Pros: Much better sound quality in movies, games and music than onboard sound. Loving it so far.

Cons: It would be lovely to have more control over the individual outputs instead of using presets.

Other Thoughts: I had to connect a long 4 molex cable and add floppy adapter to the bottom of my case for now to get power to it. I'm going to have to customize one of the modular cable to remove the bulky unused portion of the molex cable.

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  • 4/24/2014 7:37:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: NONE.. DOA. I attempted the install in 2 different computers, and was very careful with the power cable and there was simply no life

Cons: Neweggs return services are pretty good. Even though I would rather not pay to ship back.

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  • 3/26/2014 1:56:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful sound

Pros: Beautiful sound quality. No-hassle PCI passthrough to a Xenserver guest!

Cons: Annoying power connector. Be very careful with it. I still haven't figured out how to disconnect it without applying force, so the power adaptor is installed permanently as far as I'm concerned.

Other Thoughts: My use case is undoubtedly not typical. This card is mounted on an Asus P9D-C/4L running Xenserver, and is dedicated to an Ubuntu virtual machine using PCI passthrough. It works perfectly and sounds fabulous.

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  • N/A
  • 3/15/2014 8:16:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plenty of ports including internal connectors for the front panel.

Cons: The drivers it came with wouldn't install so I had to find other ones on a website. The card didn't recognize the internal ports so I had to get an extension cord to use for the back ports. After a few months of usage, it died and I am about to return this.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend purchasing this unless you really need the nice 7.1 audio set up it provides. Otherwise, it isn't worth the price if you are only using it with headphones.

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  • Blizz
  • 3/12/2014 2:41:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSound Works

Pros: After attempting an XFI and Recon card install for weeks of frustration and no help with tech support I decided to install this Asus. Standard card install and Win 7 detected it immediately. Card sounds great for audio output which supports both 5.1 & 7.1. Great to have my music & gaming surround back!

Cons: This card requires power. Not an issue as long as you have the extra wire. An adapter four pin plug is provided.

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  • Fred
  • 3/8/2014 5:50:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLosing eggs!

Pros: Nice card. But if you have a problem.....

Cons: Customer Service. I have had this card for over a year & it has worked well in that time. I had a recent build & I decided to put another card in my computer that had the DX card & move the DX card to the new build. The new build had been working fine for about 6 months when I moved the card to it. After the installation when I tuned the computer on it popped real loud & shut down. It would not restart for a couple of hours & when I finally got it to turn on it repeated the same sequence.
So I re-installed it in the other computer that it had been working in & now it popped real loud & shut that computer down. So I RMA'd the card & the replacement does the same thing. So I RMA'd that card & now am having the same problem. During all this time I also was installing the new card(different brand) in both computers & it was working fine. So with the last card when I tried it in the first build it killed the motherboard. I talked to ASUS & they said they would be more than happy to RMA the card. I'm not sure what is the fair thing to do here because I would never cosider putting one of their audio in on of my builds again. By the way I have a new Sound Blaster Zx on the way.

Other Thoughts: See cons

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