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Asus PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG

by Asus
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Product Features

  • 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

Frequently Bought Together

Asus PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR_DG + BlueRigger Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable (6 feet)
Price For Both: CDN$ 30.97

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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

Asus Xonar DG PCI 5.1 Channel Sound Card.

Product Description

CMI8786 - PCI - 24 bit - Internal

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great replacement for on-board sound March 19 2013
By ErikG
Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundcard on a low budget Jan. 23 2013
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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$+ sound card) and you are still using onboard, this is cheap and the sound quality boost is worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product Dec 21 2012
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Have major with getting Expensive sounblaster cards to work with Windows 7.The Asus was by far much cheaper, and functionrd perfectly. Was always a loyal Creative customer, but their sound cards are crap when it comes to Windows 7,
where as Asus never lets me down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works okay, but... June 18 2012
Verified Purchase
Installation was a breeze. The sound is perfect on my Logitech 5.1 speakers. However, I can't get the onboard AC'97 or HD audio outputs to work. Fortunately, my speakers have a volume control box where I can plug in my headphones when I need to.
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By Cygord
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This is my second for my other pc ... an excellent value with the addition of a S/PDIF for a fiber optic connection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Improvement over onboard. June 15 2014
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I'd been using onboard HD Audio ever since my old Audigy 2 started acting wonky. Is there a HUGE improvement over onboard? No there isn't, but the bass is more pronounced and the sound is a bit crisper. The one definite improvement though is that there is far less audio interference, most times none at all. That's worth the 30$ in itself. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Price May 27 2014
Verified Purchase
Took a little time to get working right (driver installation issues) but once it was set up, works fine. Very nice to be able to plug in the front PC audio jacks to the card as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the rebate May 8 2014
By NOctis
Verified Purchase
Needed to replace a broken integrated sound card.

Don't forget the rebate (myrebate.com). Final cost for me was ~14$ before tax
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very satisfy
Published 6 days ago by mpp
5.0 out of 5 stars A good and cheap alternative to on board sound.
It's a cheap but well built sound card. It's a lot better than my onboard audio and the software is pretty good. I couldn't really ask for more from a 25 bucks sound card.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the sound
The sound is very clear comparing to my onboard sound card.
With $10 mail-in rebate, this is a very good deal.

Don't forget to try the uni xonar driver.
Published 4 months ago by keeperX
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Nothing wrong at all.. decent for the price. Works well with my computer and an older set of 5.1 speakers.
Published 5 months ago by Pak Tsun Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Great Price!!
I looked around and read several reviews trying to find a low profile, high quality surround sound card. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nathan Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great card, easy to set up
Great card, a breeze to setup in Win8.1, powers my headphones without issue. Online reviews were great for this one.
Published 6 months ago by michael macdonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Crash
Computer wouldn't even boot with this installed. Tried several different scenarios, same result. I tossed it in the trash and forgot about it.
Published 7 months ago by Bill Commys
2.0 out of 5 stars arrived in bad condition but works.
The most of capacitors are crooked when item arrived.

A little bit cacophony when I plug my HD 598 headphones.
Published 7 months ago by cjpeng00
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sound card
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Megapen1
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