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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 Alexvrb on 3/20/2008 8:58:14 PM , Rating: 3
Sadly, the poor Vista drivers are not entirely Creative's fault, and Alchemy is the only way they can offer you hardware accelerated EAX sound on Vista. For once, MS really is to fault here. Still don't understand?

Read both pages of that article. EAX was nerfed by MS, and Alchemy is an EAX -> OpenAL wrapper to help overcome some of this problem. Eventually things will work themselves out, with newer Creative driver/wrapper releases and with games natively using OpenAL or similar.

RE: Lets hope for consistant driver support!
By BansheeX on 3/21/2008 1:52:25 AM , Rating: 2
EAX is needless complexity and I'm glad MS is trying to shove it out of the picture. Creative can go screw themselves, audio standards should be open and simple.

RE: Lets hope for consistant driver support!
By goku on 3/21/2008 2:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
That is where I hope openAL will fill in the void, unfortunately OpenGL and AL are out of date and need a serious overhaul to take advantage of newer graphics cards.

By robinthakur on 4/2/2008 5:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Actually its all Creative's fault you tool. OUt of MS and Creative I would trust MS 100% of the time to write software which works and that's saying something. Your loyalty to Creative is misguided, they are one of the worst companies out there in IT for customer service and driver support. MS provided Vista to creative yesars before its release. That they didn't bother writing drivers which work for vista and purposefully obsolesce the Audigy down is reason enough to avoid them untill their company goes down (as it will)

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