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ASUS Xonar DX  (Source: ASUS)
New ASUS Xonar DX offers more than the competition for less money

ASUS announced its new ASUS Xonar DX PCI Express 7.1 Audio Card earlier this year. The company claims that the new sound card delivers 35 times cleaner audio compared to onboard audio built into your mainboard.

The new Xonar DX card is tuned for audio quality with 116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and features other sound enhancing technologies like Dolby Home Theater and DS3D GX. To compare ASUS says that the typical on-board audio solution has 85dB SNR.

The Xonar DX uses the CirrusLogics CS4398 audio DAC that is typically used in Hi-Fi devices. The card is also able to take advantage of the latest DirectSound and EAX 5.0 sound effects in PC games for Windows Vista. ASUS also integrates its VocalFX technology that allows for users voices to be integrated into games via VoiceEX and to emulate background scenes in online chats (ChatEX).

Other features include support for Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, and Dolby Pro Logix IIx. The audio processor used for the card is the ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor. The analog playback sample rate and resolution s 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz at 16/24 bits. The analog recording sample rate and resolution is the same. A digital S/PDIF Digital Output is featured as well with Dolby Digital and DTS.

The best news for PC users that like the specifications of the Xonar DX is that the card will retail for only $89. The new Xonar DX will fit into the ASUS line alongside the previously announced Xonar sound cards including the Xonar U1 external audio processor, Xonar D2 and the Xonar D2K.

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RE: Lets hope for consistant driver support!
By 1337cookie on 3/20/2008 8:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
Intel's current onboard audio beats the crap out of an old SB Live! And why are you advertising the X-Fi as having a lead over the rest due to it doing its own processing? All discreet sound cards do their own processing. Creative just like to make you think that they are really good even though they have gotten really slack over the years.

By Jedi2155 on 3/20/2008 10:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Many discrete soundcards off load the processing to the CPU such as the old but popular Via Envy audio chips.

RE: Lets hope for consistant driver support!
By BansheeX on 3/21/2008 1:50:02 AM , Rating: 3
Indeed. Creative inherited their reputation from back when games had MIDI audio and they were the proprietary de facto card to have. Soon as streamed PCM came along, they invented all this 3D-effect proprietary bull, made deals with game developers and major stores like bestbuy, and basically marketed the idea that they were the nvidia or ati of audio. But then CPU's got ridiculously powerful and 5.1 sound became cheap. No more do people flock to buy their cards to save a few fps at the cost of crappy sound and bloated drivers.

By jajig on 3/22/2008 2:28:09 AM , Rating: 2
EAX isn't 3D sound it's environmental audio e.g an echo in a large hall.

Straight from Wikipedia
EAX has nothing to do with actual 3D audio positioning. Positioning is done by Microsoft's DirectSound3D API.

By lexluthermiester on 3/21/2008 5:51:32 AM , Rating: 2
Intel motherboards use c-media, via or the like sound chips and are not, nor have they ever been better than a Live 5.1. Heck I'd rather have the lowest end Turtle Beach card than use onboard sound...

Really it's like talking to people with this[ ] problem sometimes...

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