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TR's Xonar DX review click here

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I used to date a girl who was a little obsessive about what she ate. At every opportunity, she would buy fat-free, low-calorie, or otherwise diet derivatives of common food items. Now there's nothing wrong with foods that are naturally fat-free or low in calories, but when you strip out the fat, salt, sugar, and delicious-but-carcinogenic chemicals, something is usually lost in the translation. Fat-free ice cream, for example, lacks the all-important creaminess that fat provides. Unsalted potato chips fall flat precisely because they lack salt. And Diet Coke, well, that just tastes wrong.
Diet versions of existing products tend to be hollow representations of the originals, so we were understandably a little cautious when Asus announced its new Xonar DX sound card. The PC hardware giant stormed onto the sound card scene with the Xonar D2X just a few months ago, putting longtime market magnate Creative on notice. A $180 asking price put the D2X firmly in luxury territory, but with PCI Express connectivity, high quality components, innovative features, and useful bundled extras, it's definitely worth the price—especially when you consider the card's solid gaming performance and exceptional sound quality.
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post #2 of 17
Nice review. I have always liked the D2X, might get on of these since they are cheeper.
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I'm getting an error from the link. Might be their server.

Damnit! And I wanted to read this!
    
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I'm getting an error from the link. Might be their server.

Damnit! And I wanted to read this!
Working fine for me at the moment.
    
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post #5 of 17
This is cool, it's just that they bench alongside a mid-range Creative card.
http://www.techreport.com/r.x/asus-x...shock-time.gif
Also there where som other stuff not needed, you've all read it anyway.
So there you have it.. don't buy a ExtremeMusic over a DX,get a Elite Pro and mod it
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This think have Linux drivers?
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This think have Linux drivers?
sadly not, http://support.asus.com/download/dow...el=Xonar%20D2X
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Its a very nice card. Its only let down is EAX 2.
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Its a very nice card. Its only let down is EAX 2.
Eh? They've got EAX 5.0 emulation, in which the reviewer stated not only worked in Bioshock and Battlefield 2, but worked just as well as EAX 5.0 as far as he was able to discern.

Wow, my sound card got slammed - I'm holding out for a more happy marriage of the DX and D2X, but I'm definitely interested in upgrading my sound card soon now.
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That has to be one of the most well-written reviews I have ever laid eyes on. Finally, a reviewer who is articulate! He's clearly not Fudzilla or Inquirer material, though.
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