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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 lexluthermiester on 3/21/2008 5:37:46 AM , Rating: -1
Forgive me father for runnin' out at the mouth... Who am I to question the all knowing and all powerful Microsoft like that...

I have both Win XP and Vista, care to guess which one is sitting on a shelf unused? Perhaps it's because I have wisely chosen to use the Operating System that is stable[or at least more stable], compatible with the programs and hardware I use and runs somewhat efficiently. We could talk about the continuous boot loop patch, or perhaps the fact the Vista, as of SP1, still hard code crashes[Black Screen Of Death] whenever some well known software directly address' HDTV tuner cards that have a certain chipset, and yet XP has no issues what-so-ever. Oh yes, and we could also mention the fact that the ever so wonderful Vista basic can't even run full tilt on some NEW systems? I could go on like this for hours but the fact that people who are buying new PC's are still demanding XP because it runs better, faster and is more compatible kinda speaks for itself.

And for you folks out there who have done a fair bit of whining about Creative drivers, I have never had any issues with Creative's sound drivers. Even with Vista 64bit they installed flawlessly. So go cry in your milk, and whine all you wish. Will not change the fact that Creative Labs has made and still makes the finest sound cards on the market. ASUS and Turtle Beach have been the only companies in recent memory that have given them any real competition at all, in the area of quality discreet cards.

GoodRevrnd, if you've had no issues with Vista yourself, then great! I'm honestly glad you haven't. But I am far from alone in my troubles with Vista, and that includes SP1 issues. This isn't like when XP was first released and a few bugs came up that patches and later XP SP1 fixed. These problems with Vista are fundamental issues with the design of the OS itself, and aren't going to be fixed as easily as XP's issues were.

As far as you folks who rate me down for sharing an opinion based on fact, go right ahead rating me down. I am not some flippant teenager that gets on here looking for approval and praise. I, like many who also share quality opinions, post on here because I wish to share my point of view and experiences with others. Last time I checked, that was a good thing...

By rdeegvainl on 3/21/2008 8:36:19 AM , Rating: 2
I have a laptop thats over a year old that runs Vista flawlessly. Considering that you can get a quad core desktop (INTEL Q6600), with 3 gb of ram for $1000 dollars (Best Buy), I want to know what NEW system doesn't run Vista Basic at full tilt. You then tell people who had problems with creatives drivers to go cry in their milk, and then complain that you had problems with Vista and are far from alone. LOL at the hipocrisy. And if you aren't concerned about your rating, why did you feel the need to write a whole paragraph about it? You know why people rated you down is cause "Not worth reading" directly applied to your post.

RE: Lets hope for consistant driver support!
By GoodRevrnd on 3/22/2008 2:45:52 AM , Rating: 1
You should have been around a few years back when a Creative driver install completely wrecked my XP install. That's all I'm gonna say.

By lexluthermiester on 3/22/2008 6:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to have seen that. I've had that happen to me before, not with Creative drivers though. It happened with Nvidia, ATI and modem drivers. Always turned out to be a problem with hardware, usually BIOS settings causing conflicts or with XP itself. Hasn't happened in a long while, and we can hardly blame the manufacturers for that kind of thing...

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