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. Still, the short height means that the card can fit in small media PC cases. 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? Written by Kat Orphanides. 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. Asus Xonar DS 7.
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The cheapest gaming sound card is worth getting just to avoid audio incompatibility issues.
Full size cards are entirely out. It’ll be an ISA graphics card next, if we’re not careful. Full front panel support caps the package off nicely. This is xonae true of the Xonar DS, which gave a markedly clearer sound output than that of our test machine’s bog-standard Realtek sound interface.
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Against No Dolby Digital. In addition, you can often take advantage of more advanced sound processing than you’d normally have. We get it now.
Creative Sound Blaster Z review. Asus has proved its point.
The Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer is a recent addition to the very popular X-Fi family, but for its very affordable price, is it worthy of investment if you’re an “xtreme” gamer? Dolby Digital support, which the AV has previously been capable of, is ousted presumably to save on licensing costs. 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.
Although this is most definitely a budget card, that proper processor means it rarely shows any signs of being so. Creative’s first new audio processor in six years has landed, with Xbox and PS3 support. Still, the short height means that the card can fit in small media PC cases.
Now featuring an extended emulated EAX in addition to Dolby features and high quality components, does this make the Xonar DX the ultimate soundcard?
Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter: 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”. For those who appreciate fantastic fidelity and don’t mind the lack of Dolby Digital processingthe Xonar is a real low-cost gem.
Doing sound processing on a separate card removes electrical interference, which has a tendency to turn onboard sources into a hissing mess. 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.
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The built-in ASIO 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.
But the Xonar DS gets the job done under bus power, and there’s an xonae, low-profile backplate included in the box, so it’ll fit happily in any case. Asus UK Price as reviewed: Asus Xonar DG Review.
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A new X-Fi sound card aimed at audiophiles and music enthusiasts. 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. Finally, an enthusiast’s soundcard that supports PCI-Express is available, some four years after the interconnect’s inception! Asus Xonar DS 7. Some of the advantages are obvious.
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. Perhaps the most exciting facet of the DS is that this is a low-profile card running on a PCI platform; awus you’ve taken the plunge and set up a media box under your TV, 7.