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Asus Xonar DX

Price paid: $81.99

First off, I am sorry for the delay in finishing this guide.

35x Cleaner audio than onboard audio. My Asus Xonar DX box boldly makes this claim.

Asus came out with 2 sound cards initially, the Xonar D2 and D2x (same as the D2, but PCI Express instead). Though amazing sounding and specced off the charts, they are both close to $200.00 and considered overkill for the average user.

So Asus, being clever as they are, decided to release two new cards, the Asus D1 (PCI) and Asus DX (PCI-Express). Retailing for $89.99, the cards are a bargain, still sound amazing, and are competitively priced compared to Creative Labs products. Note: D1 and DX are the same, hardware wise. The difference is the D1 is PCI and does not need additional floppy power.

Basically, Asus took the same chipset as the above C-Media Oxygen based card, the C-Media CMI8788, and gave it better hardware components. The OPAMPS are of better quality, so will sound better than most other C-Media based cards.

OPAMPS are very important, as they are a large factor on just how good a sound card will sound. Many of the more expensive cards even have replacable OPAMPS, allowing you to replace them with high quality or different sounding OPAMPS. Unfortunately, replacing the OPAMPS on the Xonar DX would be extremely hard; they are soldered in and tiny, so while you could technically do it, it would be a gamble. It would not be easy; you would need to be very skilled with a soldering gun and have a way to magnify your vision. You would also be at high risk of toasting your sound card, so it would be a task only for the very experienced. But, I am sure quite a few people have done this anyhow, despite the risks involved.

Technical specs:
Audio Performance:

* Output SNR (A-Weighted): 116dB Front Outputs
* Output SNR (A-Weighted): 112dB Other Outputs
* Input SNR (A-Weighted): 112dB
* Output THD+N% at 1 kHz (-3dB): 0.00056%(-105dB) for Front Outs
* Input THD+N% at 1 kHz (-3dB): 0.0004%(-108dB) for Line-In
* Frequency Response (-3dB, 24/96kHz format): <10Hz to 48kHz
* Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage: 2Vrms (5.56 Vp-p)

Main Chipset
Audio Processor: ASUS AV100 High Definition Sound Processor (Max. 192kHz/24bit)

Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1k/48k/96k/192k at 16/24 bit
Analog Recording Sample rate and Resolution 44.1k/48k/96k/192k at 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output 44.1k/48k/96k/192k at 16/24bit, Dolby Digital

Features

Dolby® Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in real-time to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your home theater environment through one single S/PDIF connection

Dolby® Headphone
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of stereo headphones.

Dolby® Virtual Speaker
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.

Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx
Dolby Pro-Logic II is the well-known technology to process any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround sound field.

DS3D GX 2.0
-DS3D GX 2.0 supports EAX gaming sound effects and DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions on Windows Vista. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)

VocalFX™
Xonar DX provides VocalFX, the latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including: -VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in EAX games -ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you chat online -Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types (Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting

Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC, eliminates up-to-40dB speaker echo return) and noise suppression technologies for best voice communication quality in VOIP applications or online gaming

Smart Volume Normalizer™
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming
Karaoke Functions
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects like professional Karaoke machine

FlexBass™
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system

Xear 3D™ Virtual Speaker Shifter
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning

Other Effects
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
DirectSound3D® GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
Supports 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @16/24bit with very low latency

Those specs are from a review site. As you can see, the specifications call the audio processor the AV100, yet it is still a C-media Oxygen. Supposedly, Asus customized it with features to make it sound better. Also, did you note the lack of any DTS? You must spend about twice as much on the Asus D2, D2X, or Xonar Essence for DTS functionality. A real bummer, if you have games or movies, you cannot take advantage of DTS sound (without pass through using software drivers in your media player). It does have Dolby Digital live encoding and Dolby Prologic IIx for 6.1 or 7.1 sound upmixing.

I got two other people with me, my friend and my cousin. We are going to set and listen and give subjective opinions on the sound through 3 different devices:

Receiver with analog connection
Receiver with digital (Toslink) and Coax (if able to)
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 computer speakers with the sub at recommended point from manufacturer.


I will test all 3 using 3 different songs, (one CD, 2 MP3), 2 games (Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis), and 2 movies (Lord of The Rings: Return of the King (DVD) and Terminator 2 Blu-Ray).

I am using XMPlay with WASAPI output on Windows 7 64-Bit with 24-Bit 48,000 Khz output.

Songs: Bring Me to Life by Evanescence, In The Club by 50 Cent, and (CD song) Ship of Fools by Robert Plant. This is a decent mix of varying styles.

Receiver with analog output:
To make this test more interesting, I put the Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi Titanium Fatality Edition in another computer for a head to head. What Creative Labs card? This is by far the best sounding solution so far, everything is well balanced and lows, mids, and highs are all there. Crisp, punchy, warm, musical, amazing; all those adjectives can be used to describe the sound. The X-fi sounds stale, lifeless, and flat in comparison, there is no competition there. It also is superior to the Bluegears (credit the better OPAMPS most likely). Just wow, if you have a good system...you need a card like this! We all agreed; my cousin looked at me and shook his head yes, my friend said, "Sounds awesome". Indeed it does.

Receiver with digital output:
Using the "Speakers" option in Vista, sounds exactly the same as Analog. Which is a very, very good thing. Trust us, very good.

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (Analog): More of the same; dynamic on the low, mids, and highs, and really makes this speaker system come to life. With good computer speakers, your music will take on a whole new life.

Best sound quality: All 3 songs sounded excellent!
Worst sound quality: Are you kidding me?


Game sound quality:

Unreal Tournament 3:
With an electronic/techno soundtrack and booming gun shots and explosions, it makes for a great game to test the quality of the sound card in a gaming setting.

Crysis: With a very movie like soundtrack and decent explosions and voiceovers, Crysis offers a decent mix of movie sound with realistic explosions and gun shots.

Receiver with analog output: So, how does this "Software EAX 5.0 sound" on Vista/Windows 7? I am sorry Creative, but we have another winner here. I was actually hard pressed to tell EAX 5.0 "emulated" vs the real thing. Considering how much better the sound quality is on this card compared to the Audigy 2 or X-fi, the same applies here. Blows the X-fi sound away in every way, even explosions and gun shots sound better and more lifelike. It really sounded like someone was shooting at us in these games!

Receiver with digital output: Sounding exactly as good as the analog, Creative Labs probably cried when they heard one of these. Especially when you consider that the digital sounds every bit as good as the analog. Just amazing, this qualifies as an awesome gaming card.

Klipsch Promedia 2.1:
More of the same, good all around. Voice/sound/music mix is very good, bass sounds smooth, mid and highs are basically perfect. Really sounds lifelike and puts you in the action.


Movie Performance:

Receiver with analog output: After hearing movies on this card, and despite the DTS capability, movies sound incredible as well. Voices are clear, the soundtrack sounds immersive, and surround effects are outstanding.

Receiver with digital output: Same as above pretty much, either interface works extremely well and sounds awesome to all 3 of us.

Klipsch Promedia 2.1: Though not a surround system, movies are a pleasure to watch with this card and this 2.1 setup.

Better than: Realtek AC '97, Audigy 2, X-fi, Bluegears B-Enspirer, ADI Soundmax 2000B
Equal to: None
Beat By: None

Analog Performance:Amazing
Digital Performance: Amazing with Dolby Digital Live as well.
Recommended: Whatever way is best for you.

Music performance: (Analog) 5 of 5
Music performance: (Digital) 5 of 5
Game performance: (Analog) 5 of 5
Game performance: (Digital) 5 of 5
Movie performance: (Analog) 5 of 5
Movie performance: (Digital) 5 of 5

Score: (Analog) 15 of 15
Score: (Digital) 15 of 15

Best suited for: Any audio needs for a computer system, the Asus Xonar DX delivers. For anyone with an open PCI Express x1/x4/16 slot, and requires floppy power to operate. For those with PCI slots, either forced or preferred, the D1 is the same card.

Recommended: If you enjoy listening to sound, be it music, games, or movies, this card does it all. You will need good quality speakers to tell the difference, but if you have them, you will be happy. I would also say, if you have $100.00 or a bit less in your budget for a sound card and want incredible sound for your money, buy this now.

Final thoughts: Though I have always liked Asus products, this card is simply outstanding. If not for the lack of DTS, I would go as far as to say that this is the perfect sound card for general use. The Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi is getting owned in every way, even in games with this card.

But perfect is not a word I can use to describe this card, unfortunately. It is close, but not perfect. Lets look over some of the improvements (maybe when they see this, they will come out with a card that has these improvements, yet is a bit cheaper than the $185.00-$200+ current offerings.) Asus DX Deluxe edition, maybe?

Shared Mic/Line In/Digital slot One of the largest bummers; I do not like that this slot is a shared slot. The Mic is no big deal, but for those who wish to have a device (like a MP3 player for example) and play it back using the digital, you are out of luck. The Mic is no big deal thanks to the front panel header on the card, you can simply plug the Microphone into that slot and use that, provided you hooked your case into the card. I also do not like the little included digital Toslink adapter, it is tiny and easily lost. I think this was done on purpose to make you look at their more expensive offerings. For some, this may not be an issue, but for me it is a bummer. Compromise compromise!

No DTS, Neo:6 Another "buy our more expensive product" ploy; if you want DTS encoding (even though the Oxygen chip is certainly capable of it, as shown in the Bluegears B-Enspirer) you must buy one of their "better" (read: More expensive) offerings. This sucks! Maybe someone (like Daniel K, for instance) will mod the D2 drivers and enable this in the future?

The drivers (Updated 02/2010: The new drivers have fixed all issues, cards works perfect now and completely stable on Windows 7 64-Bit. Sounds even better, too! This is a non issue now, I m happy to report!) Not huge, not bloated, not going to slow down your computer like Creative Labs does. But, the drivers are quite finicky on both Vista and Windows 7. They are still considered betas and still have known issues. Also, they are slightly enhanced versions of the drivers you would find on any C-media based product, with very few usable perks (at least to me). The EQ is nice, but a little small so may be hard to see on smaller high-res monitors.

OPAMPS Yes, no doubt the ones include on this card are perfectly fine (note: The main output uses better quality OPAMPS than the other output channels, see the specs.) The TI Burr Brown units on the D2 and D2x are better, no doubt either. Asus could have easily included the ability for the end user to replace the OPAMPS with whatever they prefer. Auzentech cards, higher end Asus cards, and some others (such as HT Omega) have had this functionality for a long time. It would not be much more expensive to implement, would make many users happy, and give yet another reason to purchase this card over a Creative Labs offering. Still, the OPAMP used on this card for the main line output is the same found in receivers and DACS costing $2000.00, so it is very nice and will be more than a match for most other sound card OPAMPS, unbeatable for any card in the price range. In fact, I think this is an option that every sound card maker should include on their cards, no matter the price.

The Essence STX, D2X (and D2) all have better components, better connectivity, and comes with DTS encoding. If you have the extra money, I would seriously consider one of the bigger brothers. But, for the average user, or for a HTPC, this card would be the way to go. If you find the negatives do not bother you, or If you don't have more money, this card will make you very happy anyhow.

In conclusion, the drivers will improve over time, each release has even come with reports of sound quality improvements. If you have a X-fi and think it sounds amazing, wait until you plug this card in! Asus cards can easily take the throne when it comes to audio component quality and audio tests confirm one thing; the reason the Asus cards sound so good is because they are that good!

So how has onboard sound evolved? Is it really as good as a dedicated card, or are they still trounced by standalone cards? We will find out tomorrow, when I review the Asus P6T Deluxe built in sound, The ADI Soundmax 2000B. (Continued on Post #19)
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That was super informative, and lots of work you deserve a REP+
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Should retest the B-enspirer with the HT-OMEGA CLARO drivers... they work the best.

Unless that's what ya already did.
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Ricsim, you do good work....very good work!
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hey man thank you for your testing. i know it is time consuming. Your guide is really helping me purchase my first sound card. thank you very much for your hard work!!!!!!!!
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just saw ur thread....thx ur help at my question

noob question here....
about sc > receiver
good sc > receiver > more good sound than onboard sc ?

some ppl i know saying ...."if u use receiver why u need good sc ? "

(looks like i really don't know the basic of audio set up...)

is the audio purely just pass trough to receiver ?
so
receiver act as decoder ?

or
sc feature (like eax, x-fi) pass trough the receiver, so receiver act as amplifier ?

or
sc feature + receiver amplifer = best sound ?
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Originally Posted by sugiik View Post
just saw ur thread....thx ur help at my question

noob question here....
about sc > receiver
good sc > receiver > more good sound than onboard sc ?

some ppl i know saying ...."if u use receiver why u need good sc ? "

(looks like i really don't know the basic of audio set up...)

is the audio purely just pass trough to receiver ?
so
receiver act as decoder ?

or
sc feature (like eax, x-fi) pass trough the receiver, so receiver act as amplifier ?

or
sc feature + receiver amplifer = best sound ?
A good SC plus receiver = good sound

Bad computer speakers plus good SC = bad sound

Good onboard with good receiver = good sound.

low quality onboard sound with high quality speakers and receiver = good sound.

Onboard sound, for the vast majority of users, will suffice. If you are going to be using the digital output of the soundboard, sometimes it will sound better or worse, depending on component quality. A good sound card will sound good with either. That is as far as sound quality, features and such is where an add in card may shine compared to onboard.

If you are using Dell speakers (any cheesy, bad sounding speakers) there is literally nothing that is going to save the sound. You can spend $1000.00 on a sound card, it is not going to sound much better than a bad onboard sound chip it going to. You just won't have the benefits of a dedicated sound card (hardware acceleration, EAX 5.0, etc.
). In that case, using anything other than onboard would be a huge waste. That is, unless you plan to do recording, need more connectivity, more way to tailor the sound, etc. In that case, no doubt an add in card would be better.

Your sound quality is determined by 2 things, the sound device used, and the sound output device. The sound output device is the sound card, which is less important, and the sound device, which can be computer speakers, HT setup, headphones, receiver, etc. It is by far more important, but we speak only of sound quality.

Hope this helps, I will be updating this guide frequently, once I am done with all of the sound card tests, I will have much more information about sound cards, audio output devices, and more. I hope to make this as helpful as possible for anyone interested in either starting computer audio, or those who wish to upgrade what they have already.

Please feel free to ask more questions, anyone.
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thanks so much for this very helpful info.

what kind of headphones would you say would go well with the Xonar DX? for general use (movies, music, and gaming)
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ADI Soundmax 2000B

Price paid: Motherboard audio (motherboard was $299.99 at the time I purchased it).

First off, I am sorry for the delay in finishing this guide.

Well, before we tested the old standard, the Realtek AC '97. How does a modern Hi Definition onboard sound, well, sound as good as an add in sound card? Lest see and compare and come to your own conclusion as to whether or not onboard will help you reach your audio nirvana!

Technical specs:
ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Support Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

Those specs are from the Asus website. I am having a hard time finding specs, if this changes I will update the post. It is the same as the AD1989B, so here is the specs for that part:

Ten 192 kHz, 101 dB DACs
7.1 surround sound plus independent headphone
All independent sample rates, 8 kHz through 192 kHz
Selectable stereo mixer on outputs
16-, 20-, and 24-bit resolution
Six 192 kHz, 92 dB ADCs
Simultaneous record of up to 3 stereo channels
All independent sample rates, 8 kHz through 192 kHz
16-, 20-, and 24-bit resolution
S/PDIF output
2 independent transmitters, second S/PDIF can support
external HDMI interface
Supports 44.1 kHz through 192 kHz sample rates
16-, 20-, and 24-bit data; PCM, and AC3 formats
Digital PCM gain control
S/PDIF input
Supports 44.1 kHz through 192 kHz sample rates
16-, 20-, and 24-bit data; PCM, and AC3 formats
Digital PCM gain control
Auto synchronizes to source sample rate
Dedicated auxiliary pins
Stereo CD/auxiliary I/O port w/GND sense
MONO_OUT pin for internal speaker with EAPD support
Microsoft Vista Premium® logo compliant
Support up to 9 audio jacks
Impedance and presence detection; retasking
5 adjustable microphone bias pins
Digital and analog PCBeep
3 general-purpose digital I/O (GPIO) pins
Multiple EAPD pins for external circuit control
3.3 V analog and digital supply voltages
1.5 V and 3.3 V HD Audio link signaling
Advanced power management modes

I got two other people with me, my friend and my cousin. We are going to sit, listen, and give subjective opinions on the sound through 3 different devices:

Receiver with analog connection
Receiver with digital (Toslink) and Coax (if able to)
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 computer speakers with the sub at recommended point from manufacturer.


I will test all 3 using 3 different songs, (one CD, 2 MP3), 2 games (Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis), and 2 movies (Lord of The Rings: Return of the King (DVD) and Terminator 2 Blu-Ray).

I am using XMPlay with WASAPI output on Windows 7 64-Bit with 24-Bit 48,000 Khz output.

Songs: Bring Me to Life by Evanescence, In The Club by 50 Cent, and (CD song) Ship of Fools by Robert Plant. This is a decent mix of varying styles.

Receiver with analog output:
We all noticed it sounded very good, yet quite a bit quieter than the digital (either coax or optical) connections. Sound quality is surprisingly good, easily surpassing the X-fi and Audigy (we ran them side by side and all agreed on this) and sounding almost as good as the Xonar and B-Enspirer. Pretty impressive for being what it is. We enabled Sonic focus and after tweaking that, sounds much better and more dynamic. There is an EQ too, but we kept this off.

Receiver with digital output:
Sounds louder and a bit more dynamic. This would probably be preferable to analog output. Sonic Focus really dialed in the sound, sounds about as good as the Xonar (not quite, but close enough to it, if you did a blind test, you would be hard pressed to hear any difference).

Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (Analog): Sounds good here too, of course pales compared to the receiver but everything sounds awesome. Sonic Focus again comes to the rescue here, enabled and tweaked it sounds amazing here.

Best sound quality: All 3 songs sounded excellent!
Worst sound quality: No complaints here.


Game sound quality:

Unreal Tournament 3:
With an electronic/techno soundtrack and booming gun shots and explosions, it makes for a great game to test the quality of the sound card in a gaming setting.

Crysis: With a very movie like soundtrack and decent explosions and voiceovers, Crysis offers a decent mix of movie sound with realistic explosions and gun shots.

Receiver with analog output: With emulation up to EAX 4.0 through Open AL, this onboard is not going to give you quite the experience of a real X-fi using headphones, but it still sounds excellent through this receiver. Not as good as the Xonar here, but not much is so that is not saying much.

Receiver with digital output: Same thing here, louder and more dynamic. Good quality sound here, preferable over analog.

Klipsch Promedia 2.1:
Again, nice sound with no complaints. Gun shots, music, voices, general mix very dynamic and good sounding.

Movie Performance:

Receiver with analog output: Lacks DTS and DDL (or insert any other sound output standard). Despite this, it sounds great. Voices, music, and action sound dynamic and clear.

Receiver with digital output: Yet again, louder and a bit more dynamic.

Klipsch Promedia 2.1: Though not a surround system, movies are a pleasure to watch with this card and this 2.1 setup. Good stuff all around

Better than: Realtek AC '97, Audigy 2, X-fi, Bluegears B-Enspirer
Equal to: Bluegears
Beat By:Xonar (barely!)

Analog Performance:Excellent
Digital Performance: Better.
Recommended: Digital for a receiver, analog with PC speakers, headphones, or anything else.

Music performance: (Analog) 5 of 5
Music performance: (Digital) 5 of 5
Game performance: (Analog) 4.8 of 5
Game performance: (Digital) 4.9 of 5
Movie performance: (Analog) 5 of 5
Movie performance: (Digital) 5 of 5

Score: (Analog) 14.8 of 15
Score: (Digital) 14.9 of 15

Best suited for: someone who does not need added connectivity, recording, or features of external sound cards. Works well and sounds excellent with any audio needs and lots of tweaks for being an onboard sound solution.

Recommended: Unless you need the added features of an external sound card, use this and enjoy the sound. In a blind listening test, you would most likely have trouble discerning this against even a Xonar. That is a nice thing to say.

Final thoughts: This is very impressive here, solid performance with no need to spend more money on an external card. Connectivity is excellent, drivers work well and are non intrusive and relatively small in size, and you can tweak the sound as much or more than a sound card.

But, like everything else, all is not perfect. Here is some of the things that cause this solution to fall below the perfect level!

Software does it all Your CPU cycles power everything, thankfully with a modern CPU that is not going to matter much! There is no hardware to replace, nor is there acceleration or anything else.

No DTS, DDL, etc Movies will not be able to take advantage of these formats using this.

The only reason you would want to buy an external card is: If you wanted EAX 5.0, more features, different connectivity, HDMI, or slightly better sound.

Sadly, Analog Devices is not making computer sound CODECS anymore. Modern Realtek chipsets are really good too.
Edited by ricsim78 - 2/5/10 at 11:40am
     
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This concludes the audio tests for now, I had to wait for the two people (non hired help) to accompany me for this final test. I would like to thank both of them for all of their help, it was nice having 3 sets of ears for these tests instead of just mine. This takes away part of the subjective part of audio testing when testing x vs y. I will do more tests soon, but there is much more things to add to this guide!

Whew, that was a lot of work but it was fun and I think this can prove to be useful to many people.
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