Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5
Rated 5 out of 5 by Richard Easy to install. Very low-profile - fitted into a narrow slot next to a large graphics card.
20 May 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Elliot I bought this card for its Dolby Digital Live support so I could use my 5.1 home theatre for gaming. This feature works fine.
- It doesn't support DTS Connect.
- The drivers are TERRIBLE. Even with all the audio effects turned off, you still here a tinny echo on all audio if you're using 5.1 or 7.1 headphones. It also upmixes all 2 channel sound to 5.1, so you get the echo even on music. You can't turn this off.
- You have to manually switch between the optical output and the analog outputs, so you can't seamlessly switch between your amp and your headphones, for example.
- The software is TERRIBLE. It looks as though it was designed by a 13 year old and it's near impossible to figure out what "features" are on or off. When would I ever want my games or films to sound like I'm in a cave?
- The optical output is shared with the mic input. I'm sure this is a great cost saving feature but it means I can't leave both plugged in at once.
TIP: If you buy this card (and presumably any other Asus XONAR card), install the unofficial Unified Drivers: http://brainbit.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/
They will fix all the horrible problems with the card and make your investment worthwhile.
12 February 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nathan Low profile, lots of connectors, supports optical, amplifies sounds in game.
Drivers worked fine for me (win7 64).
sound quality for music wasn't any better than motherboard sound.
Requires external power connector (adaptor supplied).
17 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ian The sound quality is amazing and had no idea onboard audio was lacking until I heard my games / music through this sound card.
Lots of tweaking can be done with your audio using the software to control the card. Dial in the desired sound and tone you want easily.
Brilliant price, theres no reason why you have to stick with onboard audio when a sound card as good as this is soo little to purchase.
29 June 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kavian Sound is crisp. You can hear the echo of the bullets hitting the groynd.
Had to go to the web site to download tge latest driver. Took a while.
15 June 2012