Summary: This is a decent card for the price. This card comes with good but not great components. If you want better you will have to dish out more $$ but for the $67 I spent for this I think the quality is more than adequate.
Pros: Sound quality, low noise, built well, decent components.
Cons: Asus Xonar driver can be buggy, switching output sources can be better.
Summary: This review focuses mainly on the performance of the card from a technical point of view. It most likely also applies to the Xonar DX, which is basically the same card, but with PCIe interface instead of PCI.
Pros: Excellent DAC for the price
Cons: Too high output impedance for many headphones
Conclusion: 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.
Summary: If you are serious enough about sound to realize that the onboard solution you already have just isn't cutting it, the Xonar D1 PCI audio card is worth considering. It offers great sound, features that make it appealing for an HTPC or gaming rig, and it won't break the bank.
Pros: » High quality sound - a major upgrade over onboard solutions, » Excellent choice for HTPC or gaming systems, » Optical digital audio connection on rear panel, » Software has a slick appearance, and is packed with features, » Expansion brackets for full height or low profile cases
Cons: » A bit of a learning curve with the software, » Software controls a bit small for HTPC use, » $25 rebate required to make price more attractive
Excerpt: Die Asus Xonar D1 Low-Profile PCI-Karte liefert schnelle Audioleistung und intensive, realistische Töne in allen Spielen. Auch der Klang mit Kopfhörern ist besser - so gut, dass man schwören könnte den Ton eines Surroundsystems zu hören.
Pros: Anschlüsse: 4x 3,5mm Out, 1x 3,5mm In, 1x Digital Out (Spdif optisch über Adapter), Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro-Logic IIx, Kompatibilität: Windows 7 (64/32 Bit), Vista (64/32 Bit), XP (64/32 Bit), 2000, Lieferumfang: Soundkarte, Bedienungsanleitung, Treib...