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ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

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  • PCI v2.2, 5.1 Channels
  • Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
  • GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects
  • 3 gain modes for different usage scenarios
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The Xonar DG sound card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround sound with ASUS’ own GX2.5 gaming audio engine and an on-board headset amplifier. These result in accurate and deep audio that brings every nuance and sound across fully, making the new Xonar DG an ideal sound card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their game environments.

ASUS designed GX2.5 to simulate EAX game effects and makes them available on Windows Vista/7 PCs. GX2.5 will automatically emulate the latest EAX technologies without additional software.

  • newegg High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) A high SNR rating means less unwanted noise. Therefore the audio is cleaner which translates to better sound quality. The Xonar DG achieves a 105 dB SNR rating for clear audio in games, movies, and music.
  • newegg Dolby Headphone Dolby Headphone enables up to 7.1 channel surround sound from any set of headphones for an immersive experience.
  • newegg Headphone AMP The built-in headphone amp supports all gaming headsets up to 150 ohms of impedance and provides greater sound clarity.
  • newegg GX2.5 GX2.5 automatically emulates the latest EAX technology – up to EAX5.0, to offer advanced environmental audio effects. While enhancing the feeling of actually being in the game, GX2.5 also improves on directional audio information.
  • newegg Low profile The Xonar DG is bundled with a low profile bracket for compatibility with HTPC cases.

Learn more about the ASUS Xonar DG


Xonar DG

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media CMI8786
Sample Rate
Digital Audio


Line In
1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (Line-in/ Mic-in combo)
Line Out
3 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (Front out/Side out/Center-Subwoofer out)
1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Optical (Toslink))
1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (Line-in/ Mic-in combo)
CD/Aux In
1 x Aux-in (4-pin header)
Other Ports
1 x Front-Panel Header
1 x S/PDIF Header




Built-in Headphone AMP

Powers up every sound detail in gaming

3 gain modes for different usage scenarios

Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging

GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects

Physical Spec

6.71" x 2.54" ( L x W )


Package Contents
Xonar DG
Low -profile Bracket x 1
Driver CD x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • 4/22/2014 8:22:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZomg... This is the BEST!

Pros: + Better native sound (Slightly)
+ Moderate size sound card (see other thoughts on this)
+ Super cheap for the quality it provides
-/+TBD over time

Cons: - Takes a bit of computer knowledge to install
-/+TBD over time

Other Thoughts: Kept my eye on this as well as a Creative sound card for about 4-6 months now. Got lucky and got it super cheap that included a rebate. Was TOTALLY worth my waiting in not just gold but PLATINUM...
DISCLAIMER: i am not a DJ or a sound engineer (yet) so my expertise on audio is slim to none.

I read the reviews about it in how people had issues with the front audio panel. I didn't have the problem (yet). Just connected the HD Audio into the designated slot on the sound card and it'll take care of itself. HOWEVER, I did ignore the disk drivers and just installed them from the Asus website.

It took a bit of technical knowledge in de-activating my on-board sound to allow it to connect to the soundcard better. Also, the card required a PCI slot. However, i already have a wireless card (PCI) and a graphics card (PCI-E) on my system as well. I had to move things around a bit to prevent the sound card from completely covering the GPU fan.

Now, the good part: Audio Quality
Initially, the music and all the audio from the computer was similar to what was native on the motherboard: the only improvements were things were just slightly more clear/crisp.. not enough to justify the sound card
Until I found the Asus software & mixer
With the software, it unlocks the full potential of the card to add effects (such as modifying the audio to simulate an arena or how it would sound underwater) as well as a modest equalizer & a dozen presets. By utilizing the software, you can renovate the audio quality (and probably mic quality.. haven't tried yet) and make it easily worth more than what you pay. Play with it & set it how you want and enjoy your new sound card!

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  • 4/15/2014 12:11:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIt's okay

Pros: Would make a good headphone amp. See other thoughts.

Cons: Didn't notice any difference between this and the onboard sound of my AsRock Z77 Extreme 3 mobo in terms of quality. I found the "surround" software for headphones to make things worse than actually helping my experience. The worst part is that there was an annoying background noise when using certain software features.

Other Thoughts: This card can push a lot of volume and, for people using headphones with high OHM's, this would be a good, inexpensive option. I use Sennheiser HD 558's for games and music, but they have a relatively low OHM rating so a headphone amp isn't really necessary.

You can't really complain much for the price. I ended up giving it to a friend.

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  • Boomhauer
  • 4/12/2014 10:05:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat's the problem?

Pros: Absolutely blows most if not all on board sound cards out of the water.

Not a bad price to add quality audio to a basic PC

Super easy installation.

Very responsive to mixer changes. With OB there was always a delay when changing the environment settings. Changes with the Xonar are instant.

No bloatware. Just a set of simple controls with many options for mixing, setting environments, saving multiple custom sound settings, etc.

GREATLY improved the sound quality of my micropower FM radio station.

One of the few inexpensive but good cards to ship with a low pro bracket.

No reason to ever consider C-Labs again.

Cons: For the super picky this of course is not true audiophile quality, but if audiophile quality is what you want then you shouldn't be looking at a $25 card.

Other Thoughts: I'm confused as to why so many had trouble with the installation or don't like this card. This is my second Xonar DG, maybe other Xonars are a pain, but my first one a year ago wasn't and the new one isn't either.

For Win 7 go to the Asus DL page and get the driver file, delete any old sound card drivers from the Device Manager, shut down the PC, pop the cover, install the card, close the PC, fire it up and go directly to the BIOS and disable the OB sound card, restart and run the software from Windows that you just DL'd. Reboot again and you're done.

I have a barebones PC with an Atom 2700 CPU, 3 gigs of RAM, Win7-32bit and lousy OB sound. I added this Xonar DG and GREATLY improved the quality of my micro FM station. However, I'm still using analog outs which is what I need for my external EQ so I can't comment on any difference with the on board digital or Xonar digital output.

To be honest I don't use the external EQ much now. I have some presets in the Xonar control panel that can get close enough to what I want that I may remove the external EQ all together.

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  • BigMike
  • 4/11/2014 3:36:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgotta get the bugs out

Pros: great sound quality, great features associated with the card. what budget gamers would love in a sound card. excellent Xonar audio control panel.

Cons: jack sensing front panel doesn't detect headphones. deducted 1 egg for this common issue

Other Thoughts: Like a lot of other people who bought this card, the jack sensing front panel detection with this card is poor. Install the disc, receive message that i need to install card when the hardware is already installed. Download most recent driver from ASUS website, get a functional sound card. connect front panel jacks to test out the "Jack sensing front panel detection and nothing switched. Emailed ASUS tech support, and they suggested what everyone in IT would recommend...reinstall device drivers. reinstalled device drivers and for about 5 minutes the front panel would detect the headphones, but the software operated in reverse (unplugged switched to headphones, plugged in switched to normal speakers) is this the qualifications of a defective item? gets kind of mundane having to manually switch every time I use my headphones with this card.

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  • AC
  • 4/10/2014 9:43:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the buy!

Pros: Great sound card so far. The sound quality of my games and music have been boosted quite a bit; it's more crisp and improved the overall ambiance that my PC produces for game sounds. The price and the mail in rebate definitely makes it more appealing. Easy installation and the drivers were also no issue (except I had to download them from the ASUS website because the disc did not support Windows 8).

Cons: None, great card thus far!

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  • 3/31/2014 2:14:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!

Pros: Very easy to install. Amazing sound with it and it was very good came out of the package very nicely.

Cons: I have to say that there was a chip on the corner of the sound card. But it did no harm to it but i didnt mind because i knew it was going to be in my case the whole time.

Other Thoughts: Will buy from ASUS again.

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  • 3/19/2014 1:39:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent paired with my Sennheiser PC360's.
Well worth the $

Cons: Installing drivers can be rough, more to it than just the driver disc.

Other Thoughts: Would buy again and recommend to anyone.

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  • LogicGuy
  • 3/18/2014 4:12:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Headphone Amplifier

Pros: - Zero electronic noise due to computer components
- Able to select amplification levels for the headphones depending on the resistance (in Ohm) they have
- Great bass improvement over the Realtek integrated sound card, more powerful sound
- Able to convert 5.1 to 2.0 for headphones use
- Reliable drivers - never crashed or had problems
- Dolby Headphone effect for simulated surround sound

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: Currently using it with Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones and I think it's the perfect combination for a PC

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  • 3/12/2014 4:58:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent card if you're not a complete audiophile

Pros: Better than the built-in audio on the older intel motherboard (2008 model) I installed it on. Price is good for what you get. Would say its the best sound card in its price range. Never had any issues with drivers either.

Cons: Probably don't need this card unless you are hearing noise on your onboard sound, otherwise it doesn't seem like a huge upgrade. Missing options and sound quality that more expensive cards have.

Other Thoughts: Only used for 5.1 audio system output.

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  • Jetster
  • 3/10/2014 1:50:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXonar DG

Pros: Price is good considering what this card can do. Headphone amp included. there is third party drivers you can use if you have problems with the stock ones. Unified Drivers

Cons: Some report problems with the drivers

Other Thoughts: Great sound card. Miles better then onboard

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