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ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card

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ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card

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  • Dolby Home Theater Technology
  • High-Quality Audio Output
  • Low-Profile Design
  • Windows Compatibility

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The Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card from ASUS is a PCI Express sound card, intended for use with Windows PCs. The sound card provides much cleaner audio quality, up to 116db SNR, than most motherboard sound cards can produce. It is loaded with Dolby Home Theater technologies, and supports games that use DS3D GX 2.0 in Windows XP and Vista. Gamers who play online will appreciate the card's VocalFX voice processing function, which helps to improve the quality of voice communication when playing online.

Rife with Dolby Home Theater technologies for enhanced audio output, the sound card supports Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro-Logic IIx, Dolby Headphone, and Dolby Virtual Speaker technologies
Supports DS3D GX 2.0 sound technology, uses by many games in Windows Vista and XP
VocalFX processing ensures that your voice is heard over the sound effects and music that are present in many online games, allowing you to effectively communicate with teammates. You can even disguise your voice when playing
Provides much cleaner audio (116dB SNR) than most motherboards (85db SNR), as well as less total harmonics distortion (-105dB) than motherboard audio (-75dB)
Performance
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 116dB
Crosstalk None
THD + Noise Output: 0.00056% (-105dB) for Front-out
Input: 0.0004% (-108dB) for Line-in
Frequency Response < 10Hz to 48kHz
Channel Playback 7.1
Conversion 24-bit
Recording 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz at 16/24-bit with very low latency
S/PDIF Output 1x Optical shared with Line-in/Mic-in jack
Input/Output Connectors
Audio 5x 1/8" (3.5mm)
1x Optical shared with Line-in/Mic-in jack
MIDI None
General
Compliant Standards None
System Requirements Windows XP (32/64-bit), MCE 2005, Vista (32/64-bit)
PCI Express slot
ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card
  • S/PDIF Optical Adapters
  • Low-Profile Bracket
  • Screws
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ASUSXonar DX PCI Express Sound Card
     
    4.4

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Easy to install (13)
    • Reliable (8)
    • Good audio quality (7)
    • Quality output (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday (13)
      • Multimedia (12)
      • Gaming (11)
      • Music (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (10), Audiophile (4), Casual user (4), Gamer (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Phenomenal Sound, Buggy Drivers

      Goods: Phenomenal sound quality. Little to no difference between the Xonar DX and the D2X, the much-higher priced older brother of the DX. 7.1 quality support, optical input (I doubt I'll ever...Read complete review

      Goods: Phenomenal sound quality. Little to no difference between the Xonar DX and the D2X, the much-higher priced older brother of the DX. 7.1 quality support, optical input (I doubt I'll ever use it though).

      Bads: Lack of all the bells and whistles of the D2X, though, this is what drives the price down but preserves 95% of the sound quality of the D2X. Drivers are buggy and the Audio Center is confusing and some features are rather useless.

      For speakers, I use the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 system and I think this thing really gives them the strength they need to perform at their best. However, as I use a 5.1 system, I ran into some difficulties.

      I initially had the card hooked up to Logitech Z-2300's, a 2.1 system, but, after getting my Klipsch's and selling the Z-2300's, I had an issue with getting the surround sound to work on the Xonar. For Firefox/the web, it would only play 2.1 at first, then sometimes randomly the center channel would work too (but not the rear still).

      Continue reading on to read the rest of my problem. Although the cons section is much bigger than the pros, that is simply because this is a complicated issue. This sound card is definitely worth the buy.

      5.1 would work in iTunes though. Then, it would only be 2.1 in iTunes AND the web. I had to re-seat the sound card, uninstall and re-install the drivers before I got 5.1 in all applications. It's working now, though, I'm a little nervous if it'll randomly go out again.

      This card is exceptionally priced. I had an older M-Audio Revolution 7.1, and upgraded to this. What a difference. The M-Audio sounded fantastic and completely destroyed my on-board audio in terms of performance, but, this opened up another notch of computer-audio fidelity. Along with the fact that the Xonar DX is compatible with Windows 7, it was a worthy successor.

      Anyway, like I said, I had a bit of a problem with the drivers. But, the sound quality of this card is great. Games sound amazing, it has a high SNR, the Cirrus Logic DAC's are very high quality and music is extremely well defined.

      Great sound card. With all of my ranting and raving, it's still amazing. Just buy it. Be wary of the drivers though.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good Gamer, but not for Recording

      The Xonar DX has very good sound quality but is not useful for multitrack recording. While recording vocals or instruments, it is not possible to eliminate a perceptible delay in the performance and the...Read complete review

      The Xonar DX has very good sound quality but is not useful for multitrack recording. While recording vocals or instruments, it is not possible to eliminate a perceptible delay in the performance and the monitored playback.

      With its audio interface features, gamers will have a ball with the card's effects and flexibility of signal routing. But recording musicians should not buy this card.

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      5.0

      asus in asus

      By starlite

      from Bristol, TN

      About Me Audiophile, Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Multimedia
        • Music

        Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

        I installed the Xonar DX sound card on a Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard to replace the onboard 7.1 sound. I am using a Klipsch Pro media 5.1 sound system and it had never sounded the way I thought it should. With this sound card installed the difference is amazing. Dynamic range is fantastic and bass is great. The Klipsch system now sounds like it should. Xonar dx is highly recommended.

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        5.0

        Outstanding sound!

        By DiyEyal

        from Israel

        About Me Audiophile, Gamer, Geek, Power user

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Audio Quality

        Cons

        • Ugly Power Connector

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Gaming
        • Multimedia
        • Music

        Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

        No, It's not a Xonar STX! but I really like this sound card!

        I listen to music, Play video games and watch ripped blue ray movies (legitimately of course)

        Improves the sound quality in general. this is just night and day from the on-board sound I listened for over a week (waiting for this card to be available)

        Disclaimer: I have another PC with the Xonar STX... Not even touching it...
        and a Xonar U3 (great for laptops)

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          5.0

          Excellent Product-Outstanding Service

          By M. Radomile

          from Tiburon, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Audio Quality
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Multimedia
            • Music

            Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

            very good product and B & H has always the best price and service.

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            4.0

            I would buy this product again.

            By simitar2100

            from Corinth, MS

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Music

              Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

              The sound was muffled until I tweaked the settings. Too much bass with my speakers on most of the settings. If you are using Windows 7 don't use the cd that comes with the soundcard. Download the latest drivers from Asus.

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              4.0

              Good Sound, Bad Support

              By Iskaryotes

              from West New York, NJ

              About Me Audiophile, Gamer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Audio Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Gaming
                • Multimedia
                • Music

                Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                The sound will definitely improve over onboard audio. However, ASUS support is very lazy and they are very slow to fix the bugs that are present and well-known to the community. And the software is kind of horrible.

                Note: You should hear a clicking noise every time the card powers on/off. This is normal and should not worry anyone. Every card makes this noise.

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                4.0

                It Is A Winner

                By dickdham

                from Mobile, Al

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio Quality
                • Good control interface

                Cons

                • None as yet

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Music
                • Recording old LP's

                Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                I started with a four star rating because I have not fully utilized the card. I like the clean audio from CD's and look forward to the same when I begin recording my old LP's. Card installation was a little tight in a new Gateway SX2803 and I had to obtain a power cord adapter (from Sata to Molex but once completed everything is fine.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The sound quality and value are tops.

                By snooky59

                from Warwwick, RI

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Audio Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Music

                  Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                  Would buy this card again in a heartbeat.
                  Sound blaster has lost the edge and Asus Xonar now has the crown.
                  I've owned four Sound Blaster cards in years past, but none have matched the sound quality and or distortion free specifications that the Xonar DX PCI Express gives me.

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                  5.0

                  Great replacement for my Creative X-Fi

                  By BCCHowdy

                  from Casper, Wyoming

                  About Me Audiophile, Gamer, Power user, Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Value
                  • Good Audio Quality
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Gaming
                    • Multimedia
                    • Music

                    Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                    Bought this card to finally bring an end to the snap crackle and pop of my Creative X-Fi. The install was cake and the audio is crystal clear. Huge improvement over my X-Fi.

                    I haven't tried recording any audio with it. I only use it for listening to music and gaming.

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                    5.0

                    This Sound Card Packs A Punch

                    By Rich the Soundman

                    from Christiansted VI

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Audio Quality
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gaming
                      • Multimedia
                      • Music

                      Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                      I am using this card connected to a 5.1 Surround Sound system . The mids are clean and the bass is true with punch. The Xonar Sound Card really shows off its muster when i play Blu Ray movies or games.You will not be disappointed with this product-in fact you will be quite impressed.Great value for the buck.

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                      4.0

                      Too bad this card is so hard to find

                      By CB

                      from Riverside County, CA

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Bloat-free software
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Output

                      Cons

                      • Crashed when DX enabled

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Gaming
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                      Configuring the mixer correctly is an absolute MUST. After setting my preset to Jazz & maxing the external bass output on my Logitech Z-4 2.1 speakers, I finally got the crisp clean full-range home theater audio quality I was looking for. Also, do NOT enable DX on the mixer config unless you enjoy crashes. It does directional audio just fine without it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      First week with the Xonar DX

                      By Tacoboy

                      from San Jose, Calif.

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality Output
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                        Installation of Xonar drivers was quick.
                        (way faster then those "other guys" cards.
                        Having Dolby has improved the sounds of my videos and music.
                        The Xonar DX really makes my headphones sing

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        2.0

                        Good Gamer, but not for Recording

                        By Gary the Songwriter

                        from Greeley, CO

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Gaming

                          Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                          The Xonar DX has very good sound quality but is not useful for multitrack recording. While recording vocals or instruments, it is not possible to eliminate a perceptible delay in the performance and the monitored playback.

                          With its audio interface features, gamers will have a ball with the card's effects and flexibility of signal routing. But recording musicians should not buy this card.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Clear sound

                          By Vladimir

                          from Burlington, VT

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Quality Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Listening to music

                            Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                            I didn't realize that it needed an additional power and I had no extra power socket available in my computer, so I had to buy a different connector. Otherwize, it was easy to install. Now I can hear more details. Good product!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Xonar DX PCIe Monitoring Delay

                            By Gary the Songwriter

                            from Greeley, Colorado

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Poor Output Quality
                            • Unreliable Performance

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming

                            Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                            The Xonar DX has very good sound quality but is not useful for multitrack recording. While recording vocals or instruments, it is not possible to eliminate a perceptible delay in the performance and the monitored playback.

                            With its audio interface features, gamers will have a ball with the card's effects and flexibility of signal routing. But recording musicians should not buy this card.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            Share this review

                             
                            4.0

                            Phenomenal Sound, Buggy Drivers

                            By Necifix

                            from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Quality Output
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Gaming
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                              Goods: Phenomenal sound quality. Little to no difference between the Xonar DX and the D2X, the much-higher priced older brother of the DX. 7.1 quality support, optical input (I doubt I'll ever use it though).

                              Bads: Lack of all the bells and whistles of the D2X, though, this is what drives the price down but preserves 95% of the sound quality of the D2X. Drivers are buggy and the Audio Center is confusing and some features are rather useless.

                              For speakers, I use the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1 system and I think this thing really gives them the strength they need to perform at their best. However, as I use a 5.1 system, I ran into some difficulties.

                              I initially had the card hooked up to Logitech Z-2300's, a 2.1 system, but, after getting my Klipsch's and selling the Z-2300's, I had an issue with getting the surround sound to work on the Xonar. For Firefox/the web, it would only play 2.1 at first, then sometimes randomly the center channel would work too (but not the rear still).

                              Continue reading on to read the rest of my problem. Although the cons section is much bigger than the pros, that is simply because this is a complicated issue. This sound card is definitely worth the buy.

                              5.1 would work in iTunes though. Then, it would only be 2.1 in iTunes AND the web. I had to re-seat the sound card, uninstall and re-install the drivers before I got 5.1 in all applications. It's working now, though, I'm a little nervous if it'll randomly go out again.

                              This card is exceptionally priced. I had an older M-Audio Revolution 7.1, and upgraded to this. What a difference. The M-Audio sounded fantastic and completely destroyed my on-board audio in terms of performance, but, this opened up another notch of computer-audio fidelity. Along with the fact that the Xonar DX is compatible with Windows 7, it was a worthy successor.

                              Anyway, like I said, I had a bit of a problem with the drivers. But, the sound quality of this card is great. Games sound amazing, it has a high SNR, the Cirrus Logic DAC's are very high quality and music is extremely well defined.

                              Great sound card. With all of my ranting and raving, it's still amazing. Just buy it. Be wary of the drivers though.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              Share this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Amazing Sound at a Bargain Price !!

                              By Power Howard

                              from Stafford, VA

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clean Clear Output
                              • Dolby Labs Technologies
                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lots of EQ DSP options
                              • Quality Output
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                              • Not being given away free

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • Multimedia
                              • Music in 51 or 71 Dolby
                              • Music w DolbyHeadphone

                              Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                              Very easy install and driver upgrade. Very clean, natural sound with nice-looking, easy-to-use user interface. Hi-Fi mode with no DSP is awesome with even the cheapest headphones. Sounds better in gaming than ANY card from C..e Labs, and cheaper too.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very Cool

                              By aRedd

                              from Yucaipa, CA

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Quality Output
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday use
                                • Gaming
                                • Graphic Design
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                                I loved this sound car for one because it sounds great and their are so many things you can do with it like changing the sound effects. And i also loved this card because it is low profile. I have a dell slim design desktop and installation was very simple. It was as if it were made for my computer. I dont really have anything bad to say about this card because i got it for around [$] due to the rebate offer. And let me tell you their is probably not a better sound card in the 80 dollar price range.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Not bad

                                By Bimbyk

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Quality Output
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Gaming
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express Sound Card:

                                  The card gives unmatched quality for its price. It sounds much cleaner and sharper than onboard sound.Was worth the [$]

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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