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Asus PCI 5.1 Channel Headphone Amp and Audio Card XONAR_DG

by ASUS
4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio Performance: Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 105 dB; Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted)
  • Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input): andlt;10Hz to 48KHz; Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage: 1 Vrms (3 Vp-p);
  • Audio Processor: C-Media CMI8786 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 96KHz/24bit); 24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources: 1x Cirrus-Logic
  • 24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: 1x Cirrus Logic CS4245 (104dB DNR, Max. 192KHz/24bit);
  • Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution: 44.1K/48K/96KHz at 16/24bit; S/PDIF
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Item model number: XONAR_DG
  • ASIN: B0045JHJSS
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 13 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,409 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Asus Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card.


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My on-bound sound had been generating a bit of static at moderate volumes and this Xonar DG had received good reviews and was reasonably priced.

Installation is about as simple as you'd expect - disable on-board audio in the BIOS, pop out the corresponding backplate on your case and insert the DG. You do have to swap the front audio port headers from your motherboard to the DG too but that's a relatively simple process.

Drivers are quick to install too and the card sounds much better than my on-board, which had been acceptable to my ears other than the crackling. The DG has no such crackling, and headphones in particular (Monoprice's DJ cans are my only trial so far) sound absolutely fantastic. I suppose that is to be expected given that the DG is marketed primarily as a headphone amp.

Only issue that has popped up are a handful of crashes to the desktop from within older games where the audio is stuck in a loop, with restarting being the only option to fix it. They are rare enough to not be much of a concern but a quick peek online suggests that others have this issue too and it's not yet fixed with the newest DG drivers.
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This is far from the best sound card on the market, but if you're still using onboard audio then this will be a huge quality improvement and for the low price of 30$ there's no reason not to. Installation was easy, drivers work perfectly fine on Windows 7 after a bit of fiddling and a few restarts. Has pins for front panel HD audio so I can have my speakers in back and headphones plugged in front and you can switch between both on the fly using the ASUS drivers.

Make sure you have audio equipment that is capable of hearing the improved quality, if you're using really low quality speakers/headphones chances are it won't make a difference.

Basically my verdict is, if you aren't an audiophile (if you are get an 80$+ sound card) and you are still using onboard, this is cheap and the sound quality boost is worth every penny.
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Have major with getting Expensive sounblaster cards to work with Windows 7.The Asus was by far much cheaper, and functionrd perfectly. Was always a loyal Creative customer, but their sound cards are crap when it comes to Windows 7,
where as Asus never lets me down.
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Installation was a breeze. The sound is perfect on my Logitech 5.1 speakers. However, I can't get the onboard AC'97 or HD audio outputs to work. Fortunately, my speakers have a volume control box where I can plug in my headphones when I need to.
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Bought this sound card to replace an old X-Fi xtreme music that was causing shorts in my system. The hardware itself sounds pretty nice actually, with more then enough power to drive my K81djs fully. Unfortunately, cpu usage does seem kinda high vs. my old sound card when audio is in use. On my older system this was somewhat of a problem, but I'm sure most modern cpus can handle it. Moreover the drivers, both third party and official, where a nightmare to install. However both of those issues are reconcilable considering the price and the sound quality of this product.
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It works and it does improve sound that's all I was hoping. As described in other reviews the sound difference is limited considering its low price but I wasn't looking for miracles and it delivered. For really great sound improvement one would need to spend about 3X the price (and have speakers to make it worth it.) So yes, I am happy with my purchase. Asus products have never disappointed me. I would have liked giving it 4 1/2 stars but Amazon won't allow me.
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For the price (especially on sale) this is a very noticeable improvement over onboard audio, even on ~$150 motherboards. I drive a pair of Sennhieser HD558's with this nicely.

Under the XONAR DG Audio Center be sure to change the 'Analog Out' settings to 'Headphones' and hit the little (hammer?) to set to 'Pro gaming mode or for 32-64ohm headsets'. If you haven't done this you're not taking full advantage of the onboard amp.
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Great upgrade over integrated motherboard audio for a very low price. Asus's own drivers are not the greatest, but the third-party Uni Xonar drivers make up for that. Music sounds full and textured, and I would recommend this card for anyone who listens to music from their computer using decent speakers or headphones, and doesn't want to put hundreds of dollars into a high-end sound card or a dedicated DAC.
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