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Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Soundcard - PCI Connection - £59.99 @ ebuyer
Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Soundcard - PCI Connection - £59.99 @ ebuyer

Asus Xonar D1 7.1 Soundcard - PCI Connection - £59.99 @ ebuyer

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Great soundcard to replace your onboard one, annoying I bought one last night for £69.99 and overnight it's dropped by £10 !!

Some info :

Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio Effects for best PC audio upgrade
- 35 times clearer then on-board audio
- Supports latest DS3D GX2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
- Dolby home theater technologies
- Low-profile bracket bundled
- S/pdif connect to vga cards for hdmi output

11 Comments

Damn I want one of these bad boys, tired of problems with the Creative X-Fi range and lack of support from Creative, bank balance is saying otherwise right now.

lol : "35 times clearer then on-board audio"

excellent claim.

I've been looking at getting a sound card, and have been looking at the Creative Audigy and X-Fi cards, but there's so many different variations of card, and mixed opinions on them, I gave up looking and thought I'd just stick with my on-board sound.

...but now I'm tempted by this! Do Asus make good sound cards?

deepmenace;4159801

lol : "35 times clearer then on-board audio"excellent claim.



LOL...thats a misprint, ASUS claim its 35 times cleaner than onboard! Like your Monkey Island avatar btw!

Zerobob;4159816

I've been looking at getting a sound card, and have been looking at the … I've been looking at getting a sound card, and have been looking at the Creative Audigy and X-Fi cards, but there's so many different variations of card, and mixed opinions on them, I gave up looking and thought I'd just stick with my on-board sound....but now I'm tempted by this! Do Asus make good sound cards?



Yes, better compatibility with motherboards, offer better support than with X-Fi, they are taking on Creative and offering better support, people (including myself) are getting sick of Creatives lack of support and drivers for their expensive soundcards, and incompatibilities. Read a few forums, the Xonar is more than a worthy alternative.

*EDIT* review of the PCI-E version of this very card (same spec, just uses PCI-E rather than PCI and available for £5 more from Ebuyer, however the PCI-E version needs seperate power unlike this PCI version)

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'annoying I bought one last night for £69.99 and overnight it's dropped by £10 '

Ebuyer are usually pretty good... either email them and get them to change your price or cancel the order and resubmit at new price.

Advice... I have a good gaming rig which I use for gaming. My sound is delivered by the Asus P5K on board sound, which is pretty good ~ My speakers are amplified stereo, so not surround.

Is there really any merit in getting a dedicated sound card? Will this take processing load off the processor? I had to upgrade all the sound drivers just to be able to play Far Cry 2 on my PC.

Thoughts welcome, and suggestions on a lower spec "Stereo" card would be welcome?!

Sure, the realtek chipset soundcard on your motherboard is never going to be a match for a quality replacement Xonar, X-Fi, Terratec etc soundwise...and certainly any onboard sound is going to take away processor performance, hence why the majority of pc gamer upgrade, particularly in Creatives case for EAX letting the soundcard do the performance.

Even though you use just stereo imaging, then a decent 5/6/7 channel card can still output obviously in 2 channel, and particularly for music the Asus Xonar excel.

As more of a gamer though, you may want to consider getting a X-Fi gamer card instead and utilising EAX 2.0 mode.

Personally I am put off by Creatives handling of existing expensive X-Fi cards by both delaying decent vista support and hardware issues with various motherboards/OEM boards etc, Creative just do not care to offer decent support for their decent hardware.

Shopping around you would be able to get an OEM X-Fi gamer card cheaper than this Asus offering. But be wary that Creative do not offer support for the OEM cards, and drivers can be incompatible (some OEMs sold can be from mass supplies to HP desktop machines etc and can have specific drivers only)

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I dont think there are any plain stereo soundcards, just the option to utilise soundcards in stereo mode.

Zerobob;4159816

Do Asus make good sound cards?



There is no such thing like company or producer who is always making good stuff.
Before you jump excited first go and find 6 or more independent reviews.Search for a customers opinions on forums and then start thinking buy or not to buy.

PENETRATOR;4165384

There is no such thing like company or producer who is always making good … There is no such thing like company or producer who is always making good stuff.Before you jump excited first go and find 6 or more independent reviews.Search for a customers opinions on forums and then start thinking buy or not to buy.



But Asus have not made anything other than the Xonar so far and all have got good reviews!

Thanks for the info, very helpful. Will keep my eyes open for a decent sound card then, can't see myself ever setting up full surround in our "Good Room", it was hard enough to convince the misses to have surround sound in the TV room!!!

Cheers

cicobuff;4163496

Sure, the realtek chipset soundcard on your motherboard is never going to … Sure, the realtek chipset soundcard on your motherboard is never going to be a match for a quality replacement Xonar, X-Fi, Terratec etc soundwise...and certainly any onboard sound is going to take away processor performance, hence why the majority of pc gamer upgrade, particularly in Creatives case for EAX letting the soundcard do the performance.Even though you use just stereo imaging, then a decent 5/6/7 channel card can still output obviously in 2 channel, and particularly for music the Asus Xonar excel.As more of a gamer though, you may want to consider getting a X-Fi gamer card instead and utilising EAX 2.0 mode.Personally I am put off by Creatives handling of existing expensive X-Fi cards by both delaying decent vista support and hardware issues with various motherboards/OEM boards etc, Creative just do not care to offer decent support for their decent hardware.Shopping around you would be able to get an OEM X-Fi gamer card cheaper than this Asus offering. But be wary that Creative do not offer support for the OEM cards, and drivers can be incompatible (some OEMs sold can be from mass supplies to HP desktop machines etc and can have specific drivers only)]http://www.custompc.co.uk/reviews/114104/creative_sound_blaster_xfi_xtreme_gamer.htmlI dont think there are any plain stereo soundcards, just the option to utilise soundcards in stereo mode.

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