Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio Effects for best PC audio upgrade
- Powered by complete Dolby Home Theater technologies
- Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
- VocalFX voice processing technologies to make gaming and online chat more lively and attractive
- Delivers ~35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR)
Xonar DX
Music this is where a discrete sound card just blows away any onboard audio. Gaming I must say that I was very impressed with the results. Let's jump right to the point of the big question that we all want to know. .. is it worth the cash you will spend on it? … do you value high quality audio without static, buzzing, or hissing with clear sound at a good price that is absolutely an step up from the onboard audio that you get with your motherboard? Then I guess you answered your own question.
I'm pleased to award the ASUS Xonar DX sound card a Techgage score of 8/10. For the price, it's tough to beat, and it's likely to be a major thorn in Creative's side for some time to come.
For around $90, those looking for a better PC audio experience versus integrated solutions should look to the Xonar DX as a significant upgrade. The ASUS Xonar DX is a solid product, well suited to gamers and HTPC users alike.
I'd go so far as to suggest the Xonar DX offers the best combination of features, performance, and value of any desktop PC sound card on the market. The Xonar DX is more than just a fantastic sound card.
The Xonar DX really comes through as a gaming card. The price is right for the features it packs, and with EAX support declining in favor of OpenAL and Dolby Digital, the card is pretty much ready for anything.
At this price point the Xonar 7.1 DX offers the user exceptional sound quality and a rich feature set which is both needed and expected from modern soundcards. The full line of Dolby home theater technologies further enhances the DX's sound processing capabilities and present a solid option for HTPC designers and users.
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Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio

  Effects for best PC audio upgrade

Complete Dolby Home Theater technologies
Inheriting from D2 and D2X, Xonar DX also provides complete valuable Dolby Home Theater technologies for games and all home entertainments:

Dolby Digital Live:
Real-time 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound encoders

Dolby Pro-Logic IIx:
Converts stereo or 5.1 sounds to seamless 7.1 surround soundfield

Dolby Headphone:

Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround or 3D positional soundfield over any set of stereo headphones

Dolby Virtual Speaker:

Simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.

Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
DS3D GX 2.0 not only revives EAX and DirectSound effects in games on Windows Vista as GX 1.0, but also incorporates Dolby Home Theater Technologies (Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby PrologicIIX) to provide best gaming audio experience.

Innovative VocalFX makes gaming and online chat more lively and attractive
VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice communication on PC.

Delivers about 35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR)
The noise on Xonar DX audio card is only 1/35 (2.8%) of the noise level from most motherboard onboard audio. In addition, Xonar DX also produces as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion from motherboard audio does (-75dB).

Package Contents
 XonarTM DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express Audio Card
 Driver CD (including Portable Music ProcessorTM Lite and RMAA V6.0.6 utilities)
 S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adaptors *1
 Quick Start Guide

System Requirements
 One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
 One available 4-pin power cable from PC’s power supply unit
 Microsoft® Windows® Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
 Intel® Pentium®4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
 >256 MB DRAM system memory
 >60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
 CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
 High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity sounds of the card

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