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ASUS Xonar DSX PCIe 7.1 GX2.5 Audio Engine 192K/24bit Playback Support Sound Cards

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  • 192k/24bit True PC Hi-Fi Enjoyment. Xonar DSX's 192kHz/24bit playback support let you enjoy all music files converted at highest quality without any sample rate downgrade.
  • Bring the Hi-Fi Theater to your desktop. Consisting of DTS Neo: PC and DTS Interactive technologies, DTS Connect brings the world's most welcomed Hi-Fi surround sound to your PC and turns it into a powerful multi-media center and game console.
  • Immersive Gaming Audio. Feel enemies crawling behind you and hear voices echo in dungeons with Xonar's immersive GX2.5 audio engine. Enable latest EAX gaming audio, and restores surround gaming in Windows Vista without additional software.
  • Auto-detect front-panel, Intel HDA compatible front-panel header automatically switches output from back-panel to front once plugged in.
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ASUS Xonar team launched Xonar DSX, the highly-anticipated PCI-E version of the award-winning Xonar DS 7.1 sound card, featuring GX2.5 for immersive 3D audio effects, DTS: Connect that brings theatre to your desktop and swappable op-amp sockets for greater audio personalization . The PCI-E edition supports easier system upgrades and allows audio lovers to enjoy the Xonar experience with great ease.

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Brand Name Asus
Item model number Xonar DSX
Item Weight 15.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 10 x 7 x 3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 10 x 7 x 3 inches
Audio-out Ports (#) 4

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ASIN B007TMZ1MY
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4.2 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #13 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal Sound Cards
Shipping Weight 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available April 12, 2012

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By D. Mungin on November 24, 2012
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I purchased this sound card because the motherboard in my HTPC doesn't have HDMI or optical out, but my sound system only accepts those two methods for inputting audio. I needed a low profile soundcard, due to the size of my HTPC case, but I didn't want to spend too much. The ASUS Xonar line of cards fit my needs, so that is how I ended up with this card. I opted for the DSX rather than the DGX because it can encode audio into DTS when outputting via optical.

I was worried that adding a sound card to my system because they always seem to have various incompatibility or stability issues. Despite this, I'm happy to say that I haven't had any issues since installing the card. I did initially install the card in a full size (16x) PCIe slot, and I had to move it to a 1x slot before the PC would recognize it. I'm not sure why this would matter...but look out for it if you are having issues with your install. As far as the output, I'm no audiophile so I probably can't comment on any sound quality increase or decrease seen when using this card over the motherboard's integrated sound. It sounds good to me, but this probably has more to do with my Sony sound bar than this card vs another.

The one downside (which has been brought up in other reviews) is that the software for this card (and I assume other ASUS sound cards from this line) looks terrible and is way too confusing. The interface looks similar to an application I would have installed on windows 95, and I'm still not sure if I have the correct settings selected for my setup. I got it to the point where my sound system is showing the dolby symbol or DTS symbol when I watch TV or movies...so I assume I am outputting a surround signal, which is what I want.
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This was an upgrade from an old card (2002), I have to say that sound quality is pretty good compared to both the old card and onboard sound, after all asus has pretty good reviews on their past generation cards.

Thing is... I'm quite disappointed about the drivers, they could be a lot better. First of all they seem as old as the drivers of my last card.

You have to installed the drivers from the disc, because the ones on the page won't work, and don't forget to run them with administrator privileges or the installation will hang after about an hour of waiting.

Once the drivers are installed, you will get options to set how many channels your input has and how many speakers you have (this is not detected automatically like with other cards), for instance, if you have 5.1 speaker set up, then you'll have to set an output of 6 channels and an input of 2 channels to listen music and change the input to 6 channels if you're gonna watch a movie or play a game with 5.1 support, then change it back to listen music again... This can be kind of annoying after a while :/ specially if you watch a lot of movies with 5.1.

If you connect some headphones in the front audio jacks they'll be detected automatically and the drivers will set the output to headphones (don't forget to set your input as two channels for music). But once you disconnect them, the drivers won't set the output back to the speakers so you have to it manually (I thought the card died because no sound was coming out of the speakers but it was just this setting).

Hope this helps!
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I got the card as my cheapest solution for 5.1 audio for games via optical connection. That's what DTS interactive does, but only after I spend hours in forums finding out why it was not working for me. It would not output any sound! Finally I read the the Asus drivers are not good the hacked drivers floating around are much better. I tried those out and everything finally worked as expected.
Here are the hacked drivers: [...]

Tip for 5.1: Just make sure you set the sound output in windows to go through the secondary optical connection, not SPDIF pass-through. This card sets up the DTS interactive part as new sound device. Windows just sees it as a 5.1 analog speaker setup like as if it were hooked up with 3.5mm jacks. That's how you get windows to feed out the surround signal. Only use SPDIF output if you are watching a blu-ray or something that already has encoded 5.1.
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I purchased this Asus Xonar DSX 7.1 card to provide surround sound synthesis for listening to recorded music via iTunes on my HP Compaq 8200 Elite minitower system. I had a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum installed (since 2011) and in August/September 2014 it just stopped working, so I got this card to see if it would work better. As it turned out, it didn't, although I've chosen to keep it and leave it installed. It has a much simpler software suite than the Creative card and a simpler management interface. For my uses it does all the things I want as well as the Creative card did.

Eventually I figured out that the problems I was seeing (sound stopped working in anything that needed to open or close the sound subsystem, some functions in Windows Explorer would simply hang the program, iTunes would not shut down normally, the system would not restart or shut down without hanging) were the result of a Microsoft patch delivered via Windows Update in the August 2014 bundle; in particular, the patch associated with KB 2978742 (that replaced mcplayer.dll) was causing all of these problems, and perhaps more. I never use Windows Media Center but apparently the mcplayer.dll file contains routines that are used extensively in playing things like notification sounds.

So, I'm quite happy with my Asus Xonar DSX card, it's now working perfectly and meets my needs.
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