ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
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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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|Item Dimensions||6.8 x 10 x 3 in||—||7 x 10 x 3 in||4.76 x 5.43 x 0.71 in||7 x 10 x 3 in||7.48 x 11.02 x 2.36 in|
|Item Weight||0.86 lb||1.23 lbs||1.03 lbs||6.4 ounces||0.77 lb||0.97 lb|
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.
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What I did not realize is what I would experience as I did not have any expectations, but when I started to play my favorite music I was totally blown away by how great it sound. It was like: My gawd what have I been missing? I have listened to many DVD Audio's, SACD's 5.1 Music Videos, but the ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 literally converted all my stereo music collection into 7.1 DTS surround sound including older stereo movies!
Please don't confuse this with DTS NEO, Dolby Digital Prologic or any other simulated surround sound. There a total joke when compared to the discrete DTS conversion the ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 automatically does. Note: your receiver or amplifier must have a 7.1 DTS decoder to have it's full potential unlocked by the ASUS Xonar DS 7.1.
You don't realize what your missing. Again this sound card literally transforms all music & movies into 7.1 surround sound including stereo. Even Mono soundtracks sound splendid especially with a subwoofer!
How to Maximally Optimize Your 7.1 Surround Sound System Using the ASUS DS card (or any other ASUS Xonar Sound Card) for Best Music & Movie Sound Performance:
A. Order a high quality Optical Toslink with 3.5mm output cable from either Monoprice dot com or Amazon for connecting the ASUS DS to your 7.1 DTS Receiver. (Make sure you order the correct length for your set up).
B. DO NOT use the ASUS drivers! Bad experiences from many users. Do a search for 3rd party drivers called Uni-Xonar drivers on Google. Then download the drivers before installing the card. You'll save time & avoid any possible frustration. After you have successfully downloaded the Uni-Xonar drivers
1. Now enter the "DS Audio Center" on your computer:
2. Click on the main button, now if you have a 7.1 surround receiver you'll need to select 2 Channels under Audio Channel. Do Not Use 8 Channels. But test it & you'll understand what I mean.
3. Check or select SPDIF Out, then select DTS Interactive (Not PCM) to convert any music or movie soundtrack into 7.1
4. Next check or select 7.1 Virtual Speaker shifter. This produces a noticeable full body improvement. Try it & you'll experience what I mean. To the RH side of the 7.1 Virtual Speaker shifter you'll see four vertical buttons scroll over the bottom button with mouse (It'll say: Manual shifting) then select it, then play some demo music or reference material to manually fine tune the sound by placement of the virtual surround speakers & subwoofer.
5. Next go to Flexbass which is the bass management system & click on next to reset button on lower left hand side.
6. Next select small for all your 7 surround speakers, even if there large speakers. Why? Because the subwoofer does the heavy lifting which is the low frequencies. Hopefully you're using at least a 30Hz subwoofer for an exhilarating IMAX like bass experience.
7. Next scroll the bar to 80Hz crossover frequency so your 7 surround speakers will let your subwoofer performs lower bass frequencies below 80Hz. Plus this setting is typically recommended for most speakers. Or follow the recommendation of the speaker manufacturer for greater fine tuning.
8. Next click on Effect button on bottom of center panel. Click on Jazz for when listening to any type of music as most audiophiles like the equalizing effect. I agree, it sounded perfect for my listening environment. Now for movies I recommend just using the default effect to get the maximum effects from movie soundtracks.
However, for movies you'll need to click on the SVN button on RH side of control panel (Note: The Smart Volume Normalizer - Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level.) If you don't do the surround sound effects or music may or will overpower the vocals.
This will really help you extract the most from this fabulous EarGasmic sound card.
Btw, I tried the Asus Xonar Essence St card which costs about 4x as much! However, the Dolby Digital Live did not match the sound quality of the DTS Interactive on the DS card. Sadly, it just did not compare.
This is definitely an underrated audio card.
I'm positive you'll love this sound card as much as I do. Just be patient & try my suggested settings. Please let me know if this review helped you in any way by clicking yes.
I had some issues with the drivers for this card, be careful to install correctly and make sure to create a restore point before you install this. The first time the drivers didn't install correctly and I couldn't get the Control Panel to open at all... I ended up having to reinstall Windows. On the second attempt the same thing happened, but I had made sure to uninstall the on board sound drivers first, and disabled Windows' attempting to install drivers for me. Make sure you go to the website to get the latest drivers, the ones that come on the CD with tthe product are always out of date.
Having the sound card installed without the proper drivers caused my PC to perform extremely poorly, and I ended up spending several hours waiting for the drivers to install. However, after I got them installed and rebooted, things were fine. If you've got it installed correctly and Windows can see it, but you've still got no sound, head into the ASUS control panel from the notificaction area on the right side of the taskbar, and make sure you select the correct output (it seems you can't output from both the front and rear at the same time).
And here's the surprise: Some reviews claim this card was a tremendous boost for their sound experience, and it has convinced to switch from onboard to dedicated sound cards. For me and my short experience tonight, I am underwhelmed. Where my onboard audio may not have been as amazing or top-notch as the short lived Phoebus card I sent back, this card can't keep up with my onboard in the low areas. booms of explosions and rumbles, both from games and a movie, suffered from heavy distortion. My onboard wasn't super amazing, but it did not do this. So in my search for an upgrade, I was semi-pleased with the Phoebus- though some areas left me angry- but this product was actually the proverbial two steps back. I intend to tweak the audio settings to determine if there's anything to be done to save my lows, but if not, I may very well send this product back and stick solely to onboard until I can afford either the STX or ST models. I may even crawl back to Creative... It is true that the card features a swappable op-amp, but should I really buy another op-amp part to improve the sound?
A special note: After I finally got the drivers from Asuus website to work, I suffered extreme framerate loss in counter-strike. This game has been running at around 100-120 FPS before, and with the updated drivers, fluxuated between 90 and 40 during "intense" firefights (It is a source game.. Not that hard to run). Research suggested the card and software had latency issues, but these were solved with the low latency option of the unified drivers.
Obviously, we get what we pay for, in terms of payign for quality and after purchase support. That is still true for this card. It sounds "comparable" to my onboard and even the Phoebus in everything but the low range. But the claim of "immense bang for buck" was not foudn here in my experience. If you are building a cheap computer or need a replacement, then perhaps this card will be worth your time. If you're looking to walk the line between cheap and quality, think again.
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Baseline: missing the low frequencies of Creative.