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Asus Xonar D1
- Medium Flow
- Plenty Of Accessories
- Performance: 6
- Value: 4
- Quality: 7
- Features: 6
- Innovation: 5
The Asus Xonar D1 is good with a mixed bag of errors. While the sound in both games and movies was as good, and in some cases better than onboard, the music showed the weakness of the card. Overall in gaming, the D1 was not a whole lot better than onboard, and since this card is marketed for gaming this is a bad thing. The D1 managed to manipulate environment noise a bit better than the onboard, but the difference was minimal at best. The movie tests were the only place where the D1 really shined. It especially did so when any loud explosions or similar events took place. Then we have the music tests. While the D1 really brought the guitar to life, it struggled with bass. The distortion sounded like the card was having a hard time hitting a certain frequency. This happened at the lower frequencies which make up bass. Not even messing with the equalizer made up for this distortion, this leads me to believe that this may be a hardware issue. The latest drivers were used so this is certainly not a software related issue.
Asus Xonar D1 PCI 7.1 Sound Card Review
Front Panel Input
Virtual Room Size and Environment Effects
Low Profile Adapter
Gold Plated Connectors
I Would Personally Wish it had a Front Panel Drive Bay Panel Like Higher End X-fi Products.
Anyone that tells you one sound card is as good as another doesn%u2019t know what they are talking about. A sound card how ever is the ideal gimmick item if you were going to make a shoddy product and try to get big bucks for it because a large majority of users wouldn%u2019t notice a difference at first listen. It isn%u2019t until you use a product day in day out for at least a week that you get a feel for it then when you are shown a better or worse product you can pick out the differences. The Asus Xonar D1 PCI 7.1 Sound Card is no gimmick I am very impressed with the amount of effort the people at Asus put into this product and it shows through with the quality software and sound quality it achieves.
I think it is safe to say I don%u2019t have to ask the question I normally do of whether I recommend this product or not. The review speaks for itself if you are in the market for a sound card%u2026.scratch that if you don%u2019t have anything over integrated audio you ARE or at least should be in the market for a high end sound card and my personal suggestion would be one of the Xonar series cards from Asus.
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ConclusionTo be quite honest, when I received this low-profile soundcard, I wasn't expecting much from it, but the claims of being so much better than onboard audio made me curious.The first surprise was just how damn good it sounds compared to what Realtek calls "High Definition Audio". There is obviously a stark difference between being able to play high-definition audio, and being able to play it well. The Xonar D1 came close to the quality of my modded X-Fi XtremeMusic, but ultimately the result is I'm listening to music on the X-Fi card as it does have the edge.