Asus Xonar DG 5.1 PCI Sound Card - £23.49 Delivered @ PC World, Currys & Dixons - HotUKDeals
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This card gets really good reviews and is nice and cheap!

The Asus Xonar DG 5.1-Channel PCI Sound Card is a powerful sound card that has intelligent functioning and set-up to bring you fantastic audio when you are gaming, watching movies or listening to your favourite music!

This sound card features Xonar's GX2.5 audio engine, which immerses you in the game like never before. You can hear your enemies creep up behind you, or pick up the drum beats of your favourite song as if it was playing live in your room! The Asus Xonar DG 5.1-Channel PCI Sound Card is great for both fresh starters or seasoned audio veterans, with its 192KHz/24-bit playback. The Dolby Digital surround audio helps you get the most out of your speaker set-up, by upgrading any input to 5.1DTS Surround Sound.

A notable feature on this sound card is the built-in headphone amp that optimises the sound for headphone listening. It has three modes including VOIP for chats or music, a pro-gaming mode that adds extra dynamics and the Exciter mode that gives you a powerful bass and a full sound field. Another exciting feature is the auto-detect front panel header which automatically switches output from the back panel to the front when headphones are plugged in!

Easy to set up and use, the Xonar DG 5.1-Channel PCI Sound Card from Asus will intensify your multimedia applications and add a new dimension to your computer's sound capabilities!
Technical Specifications Type 5.1-Channel sound card
Chassis Internal
Interface PCI v 2.2 and above
Audio Output Mode 5.1 channel
Size of DAC Data 24bit
Test Frequency 192Khz maximum
Features GX 2.5 gaming audio engine
Built-in headphone AMP
3D audio effects
Auto-switch front panel header
Norms Dolby Digital
DTS
WMA-Pro
Dolby® Headphone technology
Xear 3D™ Virtual Speaker Shifter
DS3D GX2.5
VocalFX™
Inputs 1 x 3.5mm analog input jack (line-in/mic-in)
Line-level analog input (CD-in/TV tuner) (Aux-in, 4-pin header on card)
Outputs 3 x 3.5 mm mini analog output jack (front/side/centre-subwoofer)
Digital S/PDIF output (additional SPDIF-out header for HDMI audio output)
Required Configuration Windows 7/Vista/XP/MCE2005
PCI v2.2 or above bus
Box Contents 1 x Low-profile Bracket
1 x Driver CD
1 x Quick Start Guide
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price including delivery is £24.93. how is that cheaper?
#3
not a bad card, I had one of these, got mine slightly cheaper from ocuk but that was due to getting the free loyalty shipping. OCUK so this is a fair deal in consideration.

The link in the O.P does not work for me? here is the pcworld link Here

Edited By: gdwelsh on May 02, 2011 14:25
#4
Does this soundcard output DTS by coax or optical digital? Not bitstream DTS, but on-the-fly surround from games... :)
#5
hot deal for a nice card. i've had one of these. Can't complain about the performance about this sound card.
#6
Zoea
Does this soundcard output DTS by coax or optical digital? Not bitstream DTS, but on-the-fly surround from games.

I'm sure if you look on the product page at Asus's website they will clarify that for you.
#7
Heat added & ordered 1, thanks OP :)
#9
Zoea
Does this soundcard output DTS by coax or optical digital? Not bitstream DTS, but on-the-fly surround from games... :)


No.
1 Like #10
I have the D2 and it's a great card. It's just a shame Asus' driver support is somehow worse than Creatives. They almost disband whatever range they have when a new card is out. It took a year for the D2X to get a new driver - and when it came out it fixed almost nothing (2-3 things?)

If you have a supported card (DG,DS, D1 ,D2, DX,D2X, HDAV,HDAV Slim, ST, STX, XENSE – Except U1) then definitely get the custom Uni Xonar drivers:

http://brainbit.wordpress.com/category/uni-xonar/

If the drivers help, donate to the guy too - I'm not affiliated with him, but when one guy puts in the effort a huge company like Asus can't be bothered with... he deserves at least something :)



Edited By: mamboboy on May 03, 2011 18:31
#11
Does anyone know if this is good for plugging a guitar into?
#12
You can get a "factory second" or used x-fi gamer for same price which should be alot better but I never compared this to onboard so not sure if hot or not.
#13
all gone
#14
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?
#15
Rom
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?


I'll let you know when it arrives. Gonna be used with a Corsair Sp2500 set of speakers

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#16
Rom
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?


Believe me, you can tell quite a big difference in sound quality. Well worth the money.
#17
Rom
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?


It's like comparing onboard graphics to a standalone PCI-Express ATI/Nvidia graphics card. ;)
PS: I have the Xonar Essence STX card.
#18
Sounds nice, might pick up one.
#19
Rom
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?


Soundcards take the strain from the motherboard. And more importantly you get much better sound (24bit snr), support for Dolby/DTS, plus optical and/or coaxial outputs.
I put up with onboard audio for a couple of weeks while I waited for Win 7 drivers for my previous card (Audigy 2) and the sound was worlds apart - I could even make out the interference from the hard drives, etc.
Upgraded to the Xonar D2S then and it blew me away. Switched over to the D2 card a few months later though due to PCI-E not being the wisest choice when it comes to keeping the GPU cool. Definitely recommend those cards over this one for anyone wanting to record - assuming you also install the Uni Xonar drivers as there's input latency problems with Asus' drivers.



Edited By: mamboboy on May 03, 2011 23:34
#20
I got the creative x-fi music and its miles better than on board sound, plus it takes the strain off the cpu.
#21
Thanks for replies guys
#22
To be honest, 1st impressions i dont notice any difference in sound quality with this card compared to my onboard sound... Though at least the software driver gives me more options to play with. Only ha it set up a day and not fully tested it with movies and games.
banned#23
Rom
I havent heard of ppl buying sound cards for computers in years, is there any real benefit?


Yes the sound quality,clarity and performance is almost always greatly superior than on board they take the strain of the CPU which means more processing power and better frame rates in games. If you care about sound clarity a sound card is a must imo..

Alot of people will say it makes no difference over a digital connection which is only true if you directly output DTS/Dolby for external decoding, everything else is just the digital result of what you sound card processes. If you have a decent sound card like my Asus D2X it will process an MP3 a heck of alot cleaner than any on board card and give a better sound over an analog or digital connection. If you don't care about sound quality or have budget speakers don't waste your money but I love mine and couldn't live without it.. 8)
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This deals back on!

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