Summary: In my opinion, it's a gamble buying Asus mostly due to an apparent lack of support. So far I have not had any reason to stop purchasing products from them because of the quality of the products, but that may change once something fails.
Pros: Great sound, color-coded LED inputs make it easy to see what you are doing when making changes, easy installation. I am very happy with the sound both through my Monitor S2's and my Sennheiser HD250's. Music sounds great, as do movies. The effects (although I prefer not to use) perform well.
Cons: When sound sources go silent, there is usually a little problem with some noise, but quickly fades. I am not a fan of the enhanced settings (reverb, etc.), but not because they aren't good, just I prefer not to affect the sound. As I say above, they actually work really well. Absolutely no techni...
Summary: This sound card replaced my old Audigy ZS 2 so as you can imagine it was a huge upgrade. DVD's MP3's Blu Ray all sound amazing. I would have given it 5 out of 5 buyt I had issues installing the drivers. First it stalled on install, then it blue screened but as they say 3rd time lucky it worked.
Summary: Great sound but it takes a lot of tweaking to get it to work properly. Great jump from my X-fi card. Worked better using the vista 64 drivers on the disk. When I tried to install the beta win7 drivers from the Asus site it resulted in BSOD and follow on problems.
Pros: Worked out of the box with the drivers on the CD for WIN7 64 bit. Insane sound, PCI card doesn't require additional power cable like PCI-X does. (My graphics card covers my PCI-X slots so I had to go PCI)
Cons: Like most others said, instructions are worthless but once you get this thing set up the sound is amazing. This replaced an X-FI extreme music on Win7 64 bit. Still not getting better than stereo out of optical cable but I'm sure I'm missing one of the kabillion adjustments this card has.
Summary: Not worth the money if you're gamer, but even if you're not, it's still somewhat overpriced. Went with the PCI D2 only because be the PCI-E version (and the cheaper DX) would not fit in my Gigabyte motherboard without banging into the DIMM slots.
Pros: Superb audio for movie playback and music. Relatively light driver overhead. A perfect match if you have a Blu-Ray player in your PC. Does work well with Vista 64bit, which is what I'm running.
Cons: Driver updates are worse than Creative. Despite Asus's attempt with DS3D GX 2.0 for gamers, this is just NOT a gamer's card. Drivers are still buggy with several new games and does not sound as good as my old X-FI. At best, it only equals the X-FI and mostly with older games. Also, in-game CPU us...
Summary: I hope the replacement will be stable and serves me for a long time. It is an extremely good sound card- dead quiet and very hi-fi- on par with high end DVD and SACD players. It's really a bargain in this regard. I want to recommend it to PC audio enthusiasts.
Pros: Very high quality audio. I used it as a digital loudspeaker crossover with frequency allocator software. The sound I got from my speaker was just stunning. I built a little mini ITX machine based on the Intel D201GLY2 motherboard and this sound card to serve as speaker processor and audio playbac...
Cons: The drivers that come with the card are pretty bad (especially the ASIO part). The latest Beta drivers are better, but you have to uninstall the original drivers first, or they won't work. The card worked great for a week and then it blew up on me. I'm waiting for a replacement now.
Summary: If you are using this card with compute speakers or headphones I am not sure you would hear a big difference between this and less expensive cards. You really need high quality amps and speakers to get the most from this card.
Pros: I got this for my HTPC. I use the analog outs with separate amplifiers and all speakers are full range for 7.1 surround. I had an Audigy 2ZS installed before this card. The Audigy’s drivers were very unstable. The Xonar is much more stable and sounds very good, both in games and movies. This card...
Cons: Price: Would give it 5 starts if it was cheaper. While this card does sound better and is more stable than my audigy 2zs, I have not yet decided if it was worth the price jump from the medium quality cards that are out there.
Summary: Asus P5N-T, Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz, ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler, Vista 64-Bit Ultimate, Thermaltake 850 Watt Power Supply, (2)EVGA GeForce 8800GT SSC, 4G Kingston HyperX DDR2, Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 TV Tuner, ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz Sound Card,...
Pros: Sounds good. Looks cool in case!
Cons: I wish the RCA connections were analog instead of digital now I have to replace my expensive amp to digital or get a converter. No connection to the case. If you want to use headphones you must connect to the back.
Summary: I guess the question is, is it worth it despite the flaws? Maybe you won't even have any. As for me, I have to say at this point, it's still worth it. And that's saying a lot when you're saying worth $180. (Provided no other major problems crop up that is.
Pros: CONS FIRST ON THIS ONE: At this price, I would expect nothing wrong. BUT being able to adjust the volume on speakers individually was the final motivator to buy this expensive card. Not having that work correctly is a consideration if that would bother you too. WIN DVD 8 Platinum would not acknow...
Cons: NOW THE PROS: There is a feature called "Smart Sound" on this card. I think it deserves it's own patent. It renders quite possibly the most vibrant dynamic sound I've heard. It's like listening to everything in THX. I was watching a movie with two guys talking in a bar. I watched it with Smart So...
Summary: I'm satisfied and like this card over my Razer one. Not sure why people complain about the interface; it seems easy to use and streamlined. Be sure to update the driver and software off the website!
Pros: Great sound, attractive interface, well bundled with decent software. Works great with my digital headphones. It's very attractive in my case and the little female holes in the back glow the same colors as the plugs you put in them! The jacks support both spdif types.
Cons: Sure it only goes to EAX 2.0. There's a PCI Express and exterior USB model coming out soon. I can't seem to get it to go into 5.1 mode (it's designed for 7.1) so there's a few compatibility issues with 5.1 headphones.