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ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card

by Asus
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  • Smart Volume Normalizer - Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range
  • Xear 3D Virtual Speaker Shifter - Adjustable virtual 7.1-speaker positioning
  • Karaoke Functions
  • DTS Technologies
  • Smart Volume Normalizer
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 3 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002VAD716
  • Item model number: XONAR_DS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 2, 2009

Product Description

Bring the Hi-Fi spirit to your Music, Movie and Games. Xonar DS with 192k or 24bit true PC Hi-Fi audio presentation and 3D gaming sound with GX2.5 audio engine. Enjoy lively home theater audio through DTS Connect technology.Smart Volume Normalizer - Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range.

Customer Reviews

It worked perfectly and painlessly and sounds great.
electronics guy
Definitely the best bang for the buck if you have a basic setup and you need an awesome cheap sound card.
dannyboy1982
The drivers supplied on the disk are for XP / Vista only).
Nigel A.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Fox on August 20, 2010
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So you keep hearing things about how integrated sound is not as good as discrete sound cards or that integrated sound is actually just as great as discrete sound cards. And I used to believe that. You know, coming from the 90s from the AC'97 sound spec to HD audio a lot of improvements have been made since then and I was quite content with my ALC888S integrated audio... for awhile, but it started to create some interference from the mic which was very annoying. I replaced the motherboard and got stuck with a VIA VT1708S and I thought it sounded pretty good. A bit cleaner than the Realtek ALC888S.

So I spotted this deal and thought, "Why not?" I wanted to see if the sound card myth is true. After all people keep saying that if I don't game and just want to listen to music or TV shows, then I should pass up on a sound card. Well, I wanted a good sound card not for my gaming but to listen to music the way it was intended- or at least a bit cleaner than what integrated could give me if that was even true at all. So I got this to see if the myths were true at all.

At first because I was super tired, I went, "Well this doesn't sound bad at least, but it doesn't sound any better by leaps and bounds." ... the only immediate improvement I could tell was that when I was playing games, I could hear people speaking very clearly but that's about all the improvement that I noticed.

Then... I slept, and now that I'm not tired I switched off between the integrated VIA sound and this ASUS sound card. And I cannot tell you how much BETTER the ASUS card sounds. It's really one of those things where you don't know that you've lost something until you've really lost it. This little card spits out audio that's so much cleaner and you really won't hear the difference unless you get this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Slyons on December 13, 2011
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I bought this card to replace my aging Creative Audigy 2 (circa 2001). I bought this card because I use a 5.1 speaker setup through a Denon home theater receiver connected to my PC. The Xonar DS was the least expensive sound card that can do Dolby Digital Live encoding. This encodes all positional surround sound in games and movies in real-time, and then outputs them through the SPDIF port on the sound card into an optical audio cable, then into my receiver. The receiver then decodes it and plays it in 5.1 channel surround sound. This works great. I play alot of Battlefield 3 and the positional audio really helps determine where I am being fired upon from. For example, when a sniper shot richochets off a wall behind me, I know which direction the shot is coming from and am able to take cover!

Also the sound quality for music is nice. Asus did a great job.

One recommendation - Don't even bother installing the drivers off the CD that comes in the box. They are old and don't work correctly. Download the drivers from Asus's site and you will be good to go.

Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Lewis on January 23, 2013
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I have to say I am very impressed with this sound card. I got it to replace a Turtle Beach card that I had for a few years that was the best available when I got it and still sounds great. Still, this Asus card blew it away. I am hearing things now that my old sound card did not reveal. This was definitely a worthwhile upgrade.

I upgraded the audio op-amp on the card to a Burr-Brown OPA2134 (under $6 including postage from Digi-Key) and since I never shut off my computer it had plenty of time to burn in. I set the sampling rate to 192khz on the card. I am using VU Player set at 96khz sampling rate (its top setting) and now I am enjoying the experience of re-discovering the pleasure of listening to my music collection. I have it hooked up to my stereo as my primary source now that the sound is actually BETTER than my dedicated CD player (which is no slouch either, a JVC XVD2000). The sound of this card after this simple little upgrade is absolutely amazing - very defined & neutral. Percussion & bass have tremendous authority. I can hear those minute details in vocals that make them sound more natural and true-to-life that was missing before.

Just for fun I tried running Samplitude 2496 software playing back some of my past band recordings. WHOA!

This card proves you do not have to spend a fortune to get great sound on your computer that truly is high end.

NOTE: To those of you having problems with this card, try installing it in PCI slot 3 and use the latest driver from the ASUS website. IF you have noise problems leave the next slot on the component side of this card empty. Most problems with any sound card ends up being how it is installed and what is installed next to it that generates RF noise or shares an IRQ with this sound card. Ask any experienced computer tech and they will tell you the same thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By electronics guy on June 14, 2011
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I had a system I wanted to use for X-PLANE 9 (MAC 10.0 OR LATER/DVD SOFTWARE) under Linux (OpenSuSe 11.4) but the on-board sound was limited to the minijacks on the back of the box. I was hooking this up to my TV and so needed an SPDIF connection to feed into the video card to be able to use the HDMI connection to feed through a surround sound system. This card has an SPDIF connection so it was just a matter of putting it in the system, disabling the onboard sound chip, and telling Linux to use this card.

X-Plane uses the full surround sound for ambient and sound effects so this was pretty much a no brainer as the sound source and it works perfectly with OpenAL.

It worked perfectly and painlessly and sounds great. I've now got full 7.1 surround sound with HD video for anything I do with this Linux box. Clementine plays all my music and also sounds wonderful thanks to this card.

Linux users - this card works great and especially for advanced sound. I haven't had the time to figure out why I don't get a default full-house mixer in Linux yet, but that could just be because I didn't install it. But at least right now, I don't have tone adjustments or volume controls for the various inputs/outputs except for the main volume. Again, this could just be the selection of packages I made during the original Linux installation. For me, I don't need to adjust all the other stuff and it sounds great right out of the box. A simple volume control is fine for me and the surround sound system lets me make any adjustments I want to. At some point I'll see if I just need to add something to get full mixer functionality in Linux and will update.

But for OpenAL under Linux, this card works great and the SPDIF is a bit magical for putting all that sound over an HDMI cable to my sound system and TV. Very, very pleased!
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