ASUS Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card with EMI Back Plate

ASUS Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card with EMI Back Plate

ASUS Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card with EMI Back Plate

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Product Highlights

  • 7.1-Channel HD Surround Sound
  • 192 kHz / 24-Bit Sound
  • 110 dB Signal-to-Analog (SNR) Ratio
  • EMI Backplate with ASUS Hyper Grounding
  • Sonic Studio Software Suite
  • Perfect Voice Technology
  • Integrated 150 Ohms Headphone Amplifier
  • Swappable Operational Amplifiers
  • Windows Compatible
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ASUS Xonar AE overview

  • 1Description

The Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card from ASUS is a compact 7.1-channel sound card designed to provide Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 users with high-quality audio for games, music, and movies. The Xonar AE has no standalone power supply and connects to your computer via PCIe. It features 192 kHz/24-bit sound, a 150-ohm headphone amp, an ESS DAC with a 110 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), an EMI backplate with ASUS Hyper Grounding technology to help ensure minimal sound distortion and interference, Sonic Studio software to enable full control over your audio, and Perfect Voice technology to help eliminate background noise for clearer in-game communication. Included is an S/PDIF optical adapter and protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

General Features

Immersive Audio Optimized for Gaming

192 kHz/24-Bit Hi-Res Audio & Cinematic 7.1-Channel Surround
With up to 7.1-channel output and support for 192 kHz/24-bit hi-res audio, the Xonar AE lets you enjoy truly cinematic sound while gaming, watching movies, and listening to music.
Swappable Operational Amplifiers
The Xonar AE features a swappable operational amplifier (op-amp), allowing you to customize your listening experience with no soldering required.
110 dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
An ESS 9023P DAC delivers a high-quality, jitter-free audio signal with a 110 dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for greater clarity than average integrated audio chips.
Integrated Headphone Amplifier
Since many gamers choose to play wearing headphones, the Xonar AE features a high-quality, 150-ohm headphone amplifier that delivers detailed, immersive sound with punchy, defined bass.

ASUS-Exclusive Sound-Insulation Technology

Hyper Grounding Technology
Exclusive ASUS Hyper Grounding PCB fabrication helps to ensure strong signal insulation to reduce distortion and interference, also known as component crosstalk.
Exclusive EMI Backplate
The Xonar AE is built with an ASUS-exclusive EMI back plate that helps blocks static noise to provide you with a pure audio experience.

Total Audio Control

Take Complete Control with Sonic Studio
The Xonar AE features the Sonic Studio software suite for full control over every sound technology, from equalization (EQ) to the 7.1-speaker level-balancing. Sonic Studio has a single navigation page that puts everything in front of you, with an intuitive point-and-click interface that allows you to pre-set audio profiles to suit different audio requirements.
Perfect Voice Technology
Sonic Studio includes controls for Perfect Voice, a noise-cancellation technology that helps eliminate noise for clearer in-game communications.
Windows 10 Compatible
The Xonar AE is fully compatible with Windows 10 and features Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) support, ensuring an improved audio experience with minimal setup hassles.
UPC: 889349633601
In the Box
ASUS Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card with EMI Back Plate
  • S/PDIF Optical Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Xonar AE specs

    Audio Interface PCI Express
    Audio Performance Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)
    110 dB

    Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted, Headphone-out)
    108 dB

    Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)
    103 dB

    Output THD+N at 1 kHz (Front-out) <0.00158% (-96 dB)

    Input THD+N at 1 kHz
    <0.0022% (-93 dB)

    Frequency Response (-3 dB, 24-bit/192 kHz input)
    10 Hz to 65 kHz
    Chipset Audio Processor
    C-Media USB2.0 6632AE High-Definition Sound Processor (max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
    Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) ESS ES9023P (112 dB DNR, max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
    Cirrus Logic CS4245 (104 dB DNR, max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
    Cirrus Logic CS4361 (103 dB DNR, max. 192 kHz/24-bit)
    Sample Rate and Resolution Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution
    44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz @ 16-/24-bit

    Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution
    44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz @ 16-/24-bit

    S/PDIF Digital Output
    44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz @ 16-/24bit

    ASIO 2.2 Driver Support
    44.1/48/96/192 kHz @ 24-/32-bit
    Connectivity Analog Output
    5 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8" headphone-out, front-out, side-out, center/subwoofer-out, rear-out

    Analog Input
    1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8") (line-in/mic-in combo)

    Digital
    1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Optical (Toslink)
    Operating System Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 (32-/64-bit)
    Please update your BIOS and drivers to the latest version to support Windows 7
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 6.4 x 2.4"

    ASUS Xonar AE reviews

    Xonar AE 7.1-Channel PCIe Gaming Audio Card with EMI Back Plate is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No better than motherboard audio Even though my motherboard advertises an ALC1220 chip with 120 dB SNR, it's near useless for external amplification because it's susceptible to interference from everything else in the PC. Moving the mouse causes a 1 kHz tone and it's harmonics to play through the speakers. Even dragging windows around the desktop and hard drive activity can be heard. And forget about playing games, because the speakers continually screech depending on the framerate. I bought this Xonar AE card hoping that the EMI backplate and "hyper grounding technology" would insulate the analog outs from all the motherboard/PC power noise, but it was no better than the motherboard audio. And following a trend where motherboard manufacturers have stopped supporting DTS Connect and Dolby Digital Live, the Xonar AE can't encode 5.1 to pass over the toslink connection. It wasn't advertised as such, but it's still disappointing. That means, for games, I can't use the 7.1 analog outs because they're much too noisy, and I can't use the toslink because I won't even be getting 5.1. So this is really of no use to me. If you're trying to get mutli-channel audio out of a PC, don't bother with sound cards or anything powered off the motherboard; stick to digital. I'm going to have to find some sort of HDMI 8 Channel Uncompressed Audio to analog out solution.
    Date published: 2018-05-02
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