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Asus PCi-E Gx2.5 Audio Engine Sound Cards Xonar DGX

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Product Features

  • Built-In Headphone AMP. Powers up every sound detail in gaming. 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenario
  • Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
  • Automatic jack-sensing front-panel output. Audio auto-switched from back to front with headphone plugged in


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Optimized for Immersive Gaming Action through Precision Audio. The Xonar DGX sound card combines Dolby Headphone 5.1 high definition surround with ASUS' own GX 2.5 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 DGX an ideal sound card for gamers who want to remain totally aware of their play environments.

Product Description

  • Built-in Headphone AMP to power up every sound detail in gaming
  • 3 headphone AMP gain modes for different usage scenarios - VOIP, pro-gaming, exciter
  • Dolby® Headphone technology for an immersive 5.1 surround experience
  • ASUS exclusive GX2.5 gaming audio engine for realistic 3D audio effects


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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than MB Audio Feb. 5 2014
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Big improvement over the stock MB audio. Product arrived when expected. Easy to install.

I recommend using Uni Xonar Drivers rather than Asus drivers. Available from: [...]
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Azus Xonar DGX PCI e sound card From Amazon Sept. 16 2012
By tech rater1 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Pros
Good sound quality with speakers or phones way better and way louder than my on board Realtec sound .
Good alternative to moderately priced outboard DAC and separate headphone amp or amp/dac combo with low impedance phones .

****The DGX PCIe card has some issues and fixes that I've outlined in detail below resulting in a lot of bang for the buck ! *****

The provided built in headphone amp is powerful used with low impedance probably 64 ohm or less phones as specified .
You might be able to get away with 150-300 ohms just fine but volume **may** be reduced I have not confirmed that.YMMV.
If you have 600 Ohm phones you may want to get an amp of some sort.

This card uses the same **or nearly equivalent** DAC chip that is found in many moderately priced but more expensive consumer outboard Dacs and amp/dac combos.
Decent DAC chips have been commodities for many Years contrary to what some would like you to believe this one is no exception and is fine for consumer use. Chip data sheets are freely avail on line .

I bought it at here at Amazon refurb/used and discounted , it came in OE packaging like new or new condition.

I installed with downloaded latest drivers and features for win 7x64 version PCI-DGX-120312-7.12.8.1800(W7-FR-01) (recommended) from ASUS web site . Their web site is a little wonky but once you get signed in the various drivers are there .
Maybe they need to hire some Google ,Apple or Amazon coders.

It works and sounds very good plays nice with windows 7x64hp.The CD included that I did not use is the same file version I downloaded YMMV.

Major improvement for not much money . No brainer if you have been using on board for phones or speakers.

If you have phones the built in headphone amp is a major plus

I'm driving KRK KNS 8400 studio headphones 32 ohm but usually a little hard to drive no problems here loud and decently clear.
compares well to moderately priced headphone amps as well as my M audio interface .

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Built-In Headphone AMP. Powers up every sound detail in gaming. 3 headphone Amp gain modes for different usage scenario
Dolby Headphone for an immersive 5.1 surround imaging
GX2.5 for realistic 3D audio effects
Automatic jack-sensing front-panel output. Audio auto-switched from back to front with headphone plugged in.
Rear panel Optical S/PDIF Toslink out and internal S/PDIF header for HDMI audio supported video card

******* WARNING ************** WARNING **********WARNING *******
The automatic Front panel headphone jack detection/auto switching does NOT WORK on the DGX. You have to switch it manually in the sofware interface with the DGX PCIe card *** The DG PCI card does not have this issue *** I suspect these issues may be present with the ASUS Xonar DS PCI and DSX PCIe cards*** respectively.The Xonar DS PCI should be free from these issues and like the DGX, may be present on the DSX cards but I have not confirmed that.
AL 97 or HD audio settings make no difference front panel automatic detection still doesen't work on DGX PCI-e card

***** the work around is down below *****

****WARNING *****
The headphone output from front panel jack is weak and low volume is present when set to frt panel headphone.
****** the fix is down below. *******

Amplified speakers work fine from front panel jack and front panel speaker setting is used

Headphones work fine when plugged into ** rear jack ** and output is set to headphone. I ended up plugging Phones into rear Panel
and speakers into front panel it works fine but backwards that way .

I believe the front panel headphone loudness issue is a hardware issue relating to the power distribution for the headphone amp or or Op amp on the PCIe buss and the bridge chip on the DGX board that is my opinion I have not confirmed this.
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*** Get the DG if you have a PCI slot everything else is the same and you won't have frt. panel sound / headphone detection or auto switching issues and everything should work normally ..

***** warning ***** you may have to install / uninstall the drivers a couple of times or more for them to work with all the features.

3rd time worked for me you may have to try re booting a couple of times to get features to work the first time. once that happens you are fine. Once installed and working the drivers are stable and it plays nice with windows.

First Disable on board audio in bios/enable sound card then uninstall drivers.*** install new card and re boot then install ASUS drivers **OR ** uninstall old sound card and drivers before installing this after installing this card boot into windows and install ASUS drivers.

Make sure to uninstall drivers and re boot between driver installs /re installs if multiple attempts are needed so windows can re detect the device and assign it a PCI address.very important should you have to re install the drivers 2 or 3 times like I did.

There are alternative free unity drivers available they are unsigned and may be wonky and difficult to install in win.7 Fugget about it in win 8. I do have them but when I looked at them I thought they lacked some features I wanted. So with a little perseverance I got the full featured ASUS drivers to work perfectly.

*****Once installed and working the drivers are stable and it plays nice with windows.*****

I'm sure ASUS knows about this stuff but is to cheap to fix it, takes programming and engineering/ production resources . These issues are well documented on forums and reviews even here at Amazon. ASUS thus far won't acknowledge it.

*****If you can live with those things the DGX is hard to beat for the money The headphone amp is powerful , if not continue shopping or get a DG if you have an open PCI slot.*****

*****If the issues above are not a big deal ( They are not if you know the work arounds ) big full sound for small money !*****ASUS Xonar DGX PCI-E GX2.5 Audio Engine Sound Cards

As always the order, shipping , communication and follow up here at Amazon are flawless .
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundcard for the money, probably the best I have heard! Aug. 14 2012
By Steven L. - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This PCI-Express Asus sound card is absolutely great. There is not a lot to say other than that this card does everything that is advertised to do and does it outstanding. Great sound threw all 4.1 of my Klipsch THX speakers. This card gave this old speaker system new life and the headphone amp is also excellent. It's a great gammer card for anyone that plays first person shooters and would like an edge against the enemy. Really nice surrond effects in headphones or with a surround speaker system. Makes you forget about that lame Realtec on-board sound that's been the main stay for too many years on all boards. This Asus card uses the O2 C-Media chipset that is found on the much more expensive Asus cards.

People are complaining about the software and having issues getting the microphone to work. Well no such troubles for me, it works just perfect with the latest drivers and software available at Asus's web page.

If your looking for a really nice sounding card, that won't make you pay for a name then this is the one. I have been working in I.T. since 1994 and am a Level 3 Tech. This is the most bang for the buck that you will find in a nice slender, PCI-Express 1 sloted sound card, bar none.

Note after working more with the card:

Don't expect the built in amp to work effectivly with the HD front port. It does work however if your using high end headphones similar to my Sennheiser 598's with a rated impedence of 50 ohms you will need to plug into the back of the card and use the software E.Q. to boost your Headphones by 20 D.B.

I tryed various settings with the card and my Klipsch Promedia 4.1's sound fantastic with this card. I can blow myself out of my apartment with these 4 little speakers and the huge subwoofer that are all amplified like most P.C. speakers, but with much more power and with maual adjustments as well.

However if you plan on using headphones for gaming you are limited to using the cards middle selection of 32 to 64 ohms to get the proper game sound effects through this card. Also this setting is a bit on the low side with it's impedence rating. My 50 ohm headphones do sound really great on the high setting for music playback, when set on the 64 OHM amplifier setting.

I always do my research at HardOCP.com and TomsHardware first, then check out a few reviews to narrow the field and then buy, based on that information. If for some reason I don't like it; I send it back and go with a different card. This go's for Video cards, sound cards and even Motherboards, although I have always been very happy with Asus when it comes to Motherboards.

So this card is a lot of take, and a little give. So you have to manualy change your plugs from your speakers to your High End headphones if you want the best sound.

This is not ness. if you have cheaper very low impedence head phones. If that's the case you can simply change the setting thru the software and be happy. I'm a picky gamer and very picky with my music.
So others might not care at all about this little inconvience, I know I didn't. Also keep in mind that this card does not have any type of sheilding like some of the $200 cards with amps do.

But once again it's only $40 and well worth it. I would have paid $65 and still kept this card, maybe even $80 since I could see no sound improvment between this a the new S.B. 4 core amplified card.
The S.B. Quad core audio card has a lower D.B. rating of 100 D.B.; this Asus card is rated at 105 D.B. The Asus card also has a 2.1, 4.1, and a 5.1 setting to use with you speakers or your headphones.

The S.B. Quad cores only advantage is the more powerful headphone amp, and it's 256 individual gaming sounds, which is double that of the Asus.

However it will not support 4.1 surround sound speakers and with a price of over double the Asus, does not even come close to the depth of music playback quality of the Asus, 24-96 HZ as opposed to the high end cards 24-192HZ.

I can'thear the difference between this cards analog 4.1 surround sound, and the Hi-Def Onboard running thru a Digital co-ax thru a Sony reciever. This little Asus PCI-Express x1 24-96 hz. 105 D.B. audio card is beter or on par with just about every new sound card I have heard.

Plus the fact it can run my Kliptch 4.1 Promedia speakers without me using a seperate reciever really sells the card! Now my desk is clear or that bulky Receiver, and I'm again using a $300 4.1 speaker system that quite simply rocks my apartment, with great music and nice game sound effects as well.

Just thought I would give everyone an update, so they know what to expect as well as what not to expect. If you have trouble setting up the microphone, then you need to follow the instuctions. It's not hard to do, but as usual I find so many customers that can't follow simple instructions and then want to blame the hardware! Something I have grown very used to since 1994.

Still if you buy your sound cards thru Amazon you have the option of just returning the card if your not happy with it. I had already heard the S.B. Quad care and was not impressed, however the games sounded better than the music playback. So I ordered the Asus to just try it out, mostly due to the fact it supports a 4.1 speaker system still and has a much nicer software setup as well.

One more note about Sound Blaster: Over the years S.B. has really gone downhill as far new driver support for new O/S's. It's all about getting people to buy a new Audio card every time a new O/S is released and I really dislike that practice.

This Asus card just came out a few months ago, and has great support for Win 8 64 bit, Win7, Win Vista, and even XP Pro 64 and 32 bit O/Ss. You can't find a S.B. Audigy SE in the same price point that won't have buggy drivers for Win7 and will not include a H.P. amp that is really needed with todays Headphones.

This is a great sound card, at a great price. I simply don't think you can do better for the money. It also uses an Oxygen sound chipset that will play 128 individual gamimg sounds at one time and play MP3s and Wma files and sounds almost as good as the $199 cards.

I have heard all the expensive sound card including Asus's top two as well as Creative Labs top two and there is absolutly no way those cards can justifiy the cost of $200, over this $40 card that comes very close to them.

They are quite simply not worth the money wasted unless you plan on doing a bunch of sound recording. Even this card can handle some decent sound recording if you use the optical out port on the card. Nothing can touch this card, nothing!!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Improvement over built in sound March 20 2013
By Austin Dube - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased a pair of corsair vengeance 1300's, just to find out that it needed an amp to run the 50mm drivers correctly. Built in sound from my motherboard was alright, the highs and mids were fine, but there was no bass at all (not flat, but not enjoyable). This card provided the right amperage for the headphones, the neat little equalizer works great for fine-tuning everything in a simple way. I selected the "Pro-gaming mode", which is for 32-64ohms speakers. Normal headphones are under that, and do not need the extra boost.

Pros: Easy installation, great sound, good price, a lot better than mobo sound.

Cons: Didn't know how to get mic working (You need to go in your microphone preferences and disable front-mic)

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get better sound out of their computer (didn't know it was possible until I got this) and anyone with audiophile headphones. The back plate even matches my XFX 7750 card, which is a plus.

(This is a PCIe x1 card, the smallest slot on your mobo)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Sound Cards I have ever used in this price range. Oct. 12 2012
By Misteron - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I purchased this card for a upgrade from onboard sound. The sound quality improvement was awesome. I have noted several reviewers having volume issues with front panel audio. The solution is very simple: I purchased a headphone/speaker switching unit and it works fine.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Card, Unbelievable Price! June 22 2012
By mistert - Published on Amazon.com
I recently built a new computer and was on the fence about getting a seperate soundcard, but when I read so many good reviews on Asus' Xonar card, I thought for the price, why not? The difference is huge! Asus hit the nail on the head when it came to making a card that would suit my needs, a guy who games and who listens to I-Tunes. I am truly pleased with the sound quality that I get with this card. Asus includes a software with different sound mode settings to get the most out of your system. It has to be one of the most bang for your buck things you can buy for your computer. I am so pleased at the difference in sound on the inexpensive 2.1 set up that I have, that I have opted to replace the set that I had with better speakers which should be in this week.
Now gaming and listening to music is much more enjoyable with the new sound card. I HIGHLY recommend these to anyone who is thinking about getting a soundcard. This card will not disappoint!
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