Summary: This card is clear and produces good sound but is not flawless. It is adequate and I suggest getting the 2013 beta drivers if you use Win7. Music and movies sound great. It's mostly good in games and does what it should but sometimes, not often, produces mild choppiness in sound. The EAX abilities in this card are great! The card sometimes exudes an inability to completely produce certain fast sounds like when navigating windows explorer windows give a click.
Pros: Mostly good, Used for gaming, music, and movies with headphones
Cons: Some windows explorer 'clicking' sounds seem to only produce part of their sound sometimes, Some gaming issues but probably mostly due to system load - choppiness of sound
Summary: Sound card installed without any issues. Installed the drivers and tried the Sound Software Setup. Was not working well. Went and downloaded the latest drivers from Asus for Win 7 64-bit and the Sound Software works a lot better. None of the preset Equalizer buttons sound good at all. Had to set them up manually. The connections are close together so large plugs will not work.
Summary: I for the longest time used Creative Sound Cards, but when I updated from XP to Windows 7 I began to have issues like crazy! 1st there were a few sound tweaks here and there, but then when I went to do some audio recording I noticed that the Stereo Mix option was GREYED OUT! I contacted Creative and they told me they are NOT making Driver Updates to any card older than their current cards!! !!! WTF !!!
Pros: !!! Stereo Mix option IS available for Recording !!!, * Sounds Great!, * Easy to install - I installed the Drivers from the Asus Website , easy to find and worked great!, *
Summary: IMO, its an ok purchase, not that great though. Not much better than onboard hd sound for gaming.
Pros: A lot of adjustable settings to suit your listening needs.
Cons: Loop noises if your running Wins 7 and playing games with GX enabled (loop noises occur when alt tabbing out of game to desktop, but does not occur when you alt tab back into the game). Problem can be solved by disabling GX
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. This was a breadth of fresh air coming from the Creative camp which has been problematic ever since direct sound was dropped from Windows.
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.
The strongest point of these cards is the (CS4398 based) DAC, which supports sample rates up to 192 kHz, and 24 bit resolution (I tested mainly at 44.1 to 96 kHz).
Pros: Excellent DAC for the price
Cons: Too high output impedance for many headphones
Summary: I needed to update my on-board Realtek HD audio. I only had the standard front speaker jack, Mic-in and Line-In. I needed a good X.1 speaker set up. Xonar D1 was a good choice and Asus did have the required drivers for Windows 7 64 bit.
Pros: It just works!
Cons: The manufacturer is not widely known for anything but motherboards mainly.
Summary: Ok, so I used to have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4, which was okay at best. It was very bright. Sharply so. This combined with AD700's guaranteed that snare drums and such would absolutely destroy my ears. Like popping an innocent soap bubble with a bullet. And the bass was pretty boomy as well. But then I managed to get a hold of a Xonar D1 for less than $30. The difference was night and day.
Summary: unsurpassed depth of clarity. installation was a breeze. the automatic volume adjustment is totally awesome if you watch tv online; no volume increase during commercials. got to love that on a late night.
Summary: Compared to on board audio the Xonar gives a new meaning to HD. I am using it for a 2.1 system and the quality of the output is great. I have to ask, what does a $300 audio card offer that this Xonar doesn't have? I don't like the loud thup thup of bass that kids like today, I prefer to listen to every note a good CD or DVD can deliver at an enjoyable level. This card delivers that and more.