Summary: Good quality and good design. You will never regret with the sound of this card. I have used X-fi, Auzentech, Audiotrack but I could only compare Auzentech Prelude to this Asus Xonar D2. Just because these cards have the same quality.
Summary: Absolutely fantastic sound, and of the five PC's I have used these cards in, not one problem yet. One word of advice is that if you intend to use headphones, I would get the ST or STX because of the greater number of headphone impedance matchings. The quality of build and packaging leaves Creative for dead, frankly.
Summary: Asus sound cards really are amazing, and this one is no exception. Sound is great. Not quiet as good as the ST or STX, but still very good indeed. Finishing and presentation are absolutely superb. Despite what the previous reviewer said, I have had no trouble at all with the cards or drivers. They are rock solid.
Summary: If you are considering this card for headphones; don't! Get the ST or STX instead. This card will happily drive headphones, but the ST and STX have a wider range of selectable output powers for different headphones. The card also sounds a little brighter and lighter than the ST and STX, which in my opinion is not as good for headphones.
Summary: The Asus Xonar D2/D2X (the X is for the pci express x1 flavour) is a fantastic audio card. Many people wonder what an add in audio card gets you, and what is meant by clearer audio. Put it this way, when I put my D2X in my pc and connected up a decent set of Altec Lansing speakers I immediatedly noticed more from my music and games.
Pros: Good Specs, Great Sound, Lots Of Cables
Cons: Needs Floppy Disk Power Lead, Card Can Be Too Long For Some Motherboards
Summary: Bought this replacing a X-Fi (as many people have)It was a cross-up between this and the Auzentech Prelude, and I'm very happy with my desicion! This is easily the best sound I've ever heard coming out of a home system! running it to 2x 130 watt studio speakers (M-Audio BX8a) and the sound is crystal clear. Good software, although the Music preset has far too much reverb and sounds somewhat crap, the 'Hi-Fi' mode actually seems to sound best for music.
Summary: Just got this on impulse on a visit to the Overclockers outlet. It has replaced a SB Titanium Fatality pci-ex card. What a difference - awesome sound - really impressive. Never going back to Creative - no popping or crackling, well happy.
Summary: I recieved mine today, hurriedly ripped out (not literally) my X-FI Xtreme Gamer and replaced it with this, obviously havign removed any trace of Cretive drivers or software from my computer before..
All I can say is..WOW, the speaker position ester alone is better than my X-FI sound experience as a whole. Nor mroe screams of death, cracking or popping. Just amazing sound quality from a fantastic product!
Summary: Upgraded from an Audigy 2zs, and the difference is incredible. The Asus Xonar is awesome – I used to hear a hissing sound coming from my speakers, and assumed that it was the amp rather than the sound card, then plugged this in and no hissing. I bought this because I listen to a lot of music and watch films. I did not realise how good music could sound on a computer. I’m very happy with this product. Cheers overclockers!