ASUS Launches Xonar DX PCI Express x1 7.1 + Driver support for EAX 5.0

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  1. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

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    ASUS Launches Xonar DX Sound Card

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    35 Times Cleaner Audio Quality
    The Xonar DX is capable of delivering 35 times cleaner audio quality with 116dB SNR in comparison to most motherboard onboard audio with only 85dB SNR. While noise is unavoidable, the Xonar DX dramatically reduces the amount of background noise, and it is this distinction that allows the Xonar DX to produce as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion versus traditional motherboard audio (-75dB). As most onboard audio only provide 80~86 dB SNR audio quality, background noises are easily heard while listening to music or playing games. By adopting the CirrusLogics CS4398 audio DAC (120dB SNR & 117dB THD+N) that is often used in Hi-Fi devices, the Xonar DX provides at least 30% better quality sounds than the average onboard audio.

    Latest DirectSound & Ability to Play EAX 5.0 Titled Games
    With the new audio architecture in Vista, users will sometimes be unable to achieve multi-channel sounds, DirectSound; and EAX 5.0 sound effects in EAX 5.0 Titled PC games. With the ASUS Xonar DX, all these problems will be solved. With support for the innovative DS3D GX 2.0 technology, the Xonar DX automatically supports the latest EAX and DirectSound HW after installation without the need to search for additional drivers or OpenAL - as most games are DS3D/DirectX compatible.

    Innovative VocalFX for Lively and Engaging Online Chats
    VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology for users' voices to enter into the realistic gaming landscape (VoiceEX), or to emulate the background scenes in online chats (ChatEX). It also allows them to disguise their voice pitches (Magic Voice). With all these features, users will have boundless entertainment while utilizing voice communications on the PC.

    Dolby Sound Technologies for Ultimate High Quality Audio
    Besides delivering impressive audio quality, the Xonar DX, like other members of the Xonar family of audio devices, is also packed with multiple sound technologies from Dolby to deliver outstanding entertainment experiences. These include Dolby Digital Live, which converts PC or game audio content into Dolby Digital in real-time; Dolby Headphone, which creates a surround sound listening experience when using any set of headphones; Dolby Virtual Speaker, which delivers a vibrant surround sound listening experience from stereo speakers and Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which creates up to 7.1-channel surround sounds from stereo or 5.1 sources.

    http://www.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=10219

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  2. Borgod

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    So... it now supports EAX 5 ?
     
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    Please tell me the D2X is better then this, I just bought one.
     
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    That was my first as well. If it does, i'm buying one in a flash. Finally, EAX > 2.0 without having to buy creative.
     
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    Me too, but Im extremely skeptical.
     
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    Yes the DX2 is better, nothing to worrie about.

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    The best thing i like about this is none of that openAL bullshit or extra software that creative puts out so you can use EAX in vista.
     
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    im thinking of getting the Xonar AV1...but how the hell does the HDMI work? im using a 8600GT to unload decoding onto the gpu...so does that get piped through to the Xonar, audio synched then pumped out of hdmi?
     
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    No optical = fail for me :thumbdn:
     
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    Yah i saw that as well, no idea how its meant to work :S most sites are stating "three HDMI jacks" but all the photos i've seen have been with two connections.

    Then the D2X would be more suited to your needs. The new Xonar DX is a working name for what basically is a cut-in-half Xonar D2X sound card.
     
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    hmmm
    so perhaps a pass-through dvi-out from 8600GT, into hdmi-in, synch, then hdmi-out again

    doesnt explain the third hdmi port...but like you, ive only seen it with 2
     
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    Sounds like this is more of a gaming card, with EAX5 but no-optical out.

    Will be interesting to see the pricepoint, and I wouldnt mind a listen of it either!
     
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    :shock: thats what i wanted to hear
     
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    You can connect your gpu to the soundcards HDMI-in, the soundcard then mixes the video with it's audio and outputs it to the HDMI-out plug ready for your reciever/tv ect. :D
     
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    Seen reviews on it's big brother it sure does wipe away the competition.
     
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    any clues on price yet ? :)
     
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    S/PDIF Digital Output is just as good
     
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    No prices details yet, but i dont think it'll take long for it to be released onto the market.
     
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    ASUS sound card doesn't support EAX 3,4,5 - statement from Creative
    http://my.ocworkbench.com/bbs/showthread.php?p=428898#post428898

     
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    so it doesnt "genuinly" support it, but it reports to the game that it does, hence the game lets the xonar have all the support?

    whats the problem then? creative just getting miffed cos their api is being bypassed?
     

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