ASUS Xonar DG Review

The Xonar Up Close

ASUS Xonar DG Review

A Closer Look

The box of the DG definitely demonstrates its main feature, the headphone amplifier and Dolby headphone compatibility.

On the rear we have the multi-language feature set.

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Speaking of features, this has everything you'd expect from a soundcard at this price point. Of course it hasn't got the extreme audiophile-based features, but how many of us truly use those anyway?

In the box we have the card, a small but comprehensive manual (plug in, install drivers, done), the driver disk itself and a low-profile bracket should you wish to install the card in a HTPC chassis.

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Onto the DG itself, this is very much a card designed to do everything it has to and no more. Often the expensive cards have their price justified with LEDs and EMI shields. This is a bare board that just has the 5.1 outputs, the chip, the front panel/CD audio headers and that's it. Functional is a positive attribute though.

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Here we have the heart of the DG, the C-Media chip. Although it's definitely a step-down from the full-on Xonar chip, it's plenty capable enough.

Finally on the top right we have the standard headers for front-panel audio, CD in, and SPDIF out.

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Most Recent Comments

27-09-2010, 07:17:29

tinytomlogan
As more and more gamers have their PCs into the family rooms, ASUS have produced a headphone friendly soundcard.

28-09-2010, 13:38:43

Steve-O-
How do think this fares against the X-Fi Extreme Gamer? Better, same?
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