A new X-Fi sound card aimed at audiophiles and music enthusiasts. But the Xonar DS gets the job done under bus power, and there’s an easily-installed, low-profile backplate included in the box, so it’ll fit happily in any case. Asus Xonar DS 7. Against No Dolby Digital. Asus Apple Sony Google Valve.

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Some of the advantages are obvious. The cheapest gaming sound card is worth getting just to avoid audio incompatibility issues. It’ll be an ISA graphics card next, if we’re not careful. For those who appreciate fantastic fidelity and don’t mind the lack of Dolby Digital processingthe Xonar is a real low-cost gem.

Creative Sound Blaster Z review. Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter: In addition, you can often take advantage of more advanced sound processing than you’d normally have.

This month, although we’ve not been rendered quite as floppy and pliable, the Xonar DS has us convinced that there’s still room in the world for outboard sound cards that is, sound devices which don’t live directly on the motherboard. Now featuring an extended emulated EAX in addition to Dolby features and high quality components, does this make the Xonar DX the ultimate soundcard? It’s more than clever normalising and keeping the bass intact at low volume; Dolby Volume aims to inject some of the vibrancy back into audio when you can’t play the TV “teenage bedroom loud”.


Perhaps the most exciting facet of the DS is that this is a low-profile card running on a PCI platform; if you’ve taken the plunge and set up a media box under your TV, 7.

Asus UK Price as reviewed: Still, the short height means that the card can fit in small media PC cases. Written by Kat Orphanides. It doesn’t monkey around with compressing or ‘enhancing’ the audio on your Blu-ray disc, it just delivers pure, unadulterated HD audio goodness to your speakers or amp.

This is definitely true of the Xonar DS, which gave wsus markedly clearer sound output than that of our test machine’s bog-standard Realtek sound interface.

Asus Xonar DS 7.

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Asus Xonar DG Review. Since many media-specific boxes lack the requisite ports and often have fairly rubbish power suppliesa PCI express card like Asus’ own Xonar DX often isn’t an option. Dolby Digital support, which the AV has previously been capable of, is ousted presumably to save on licensing costs. Finally, an enthusiast’s soundcard that supports PCI-Express is available, some four years after the interconnect’s inception!

Asus has hit the sound card market with all guns blazing, but should the mighty Creative start sweating as another computing behemoth lands the heavyweight Xonar D2 into the PC audio market?

Full front panel support caps the package off nicely. A few months back, we sat dribbling and agog as we reviewed its Essense STX sound card, and marvelled with flopping tongue at its hitherto unrivalled recording crispness and overall outward brilliance.

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The built-in Auss support is a must if you’re even considering recording, and with an impressive signal-to-noise ratio of dB the DS definitely performs in that regard. Asus Apple Sony Google Valve.

But the Xonar DS gets the job done under bus power, and there’s an easily-installed, low-profile backplate included in the box, so it’ll fit happily in any case. Full size cards are entirely out.

Asus has proved its point. Against No Dolby Digital.

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Although this is most definitely a budget card, that proper processor means it rarely shows any signs of being so. Digital-to-analogue conversation, which plays a major part in the quality of the audio you get out of the 7. The Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer is a recent addition to the very popular X-Fi family, xonnar for its very affordable price, is it worthy of investment if you’re an “xtreme” gamer? Creative’s first new audio processor in six years has landed, with Xbox and PS3 support.

We get it now. For Low profile design A truly affordable upgrade Proper 3D sound for games.