Summary: The sound quality on the Asus Cine5 is simply subpar. Available for $130 USD, you can find several much higher quality alternatives online offering true surround sound. Obviously, 5.1 channel kits cannot compete with the convenience of the Cine5. Nevertheless, I don't think that the drop in quality is worth it.
The Cine5 is indeed very convenient. Plug and play in its truest form, the Cine5 provides virtual surround sound out of the box with no setup.
Conclusion: When we reviewed the PCI Xonar D2 a couple of months back, we certainly weren't expecting quite such a fast response from ASUS to some of its criticisms. While on the surface the D2X is simply the same board with a PCI Express interface, it's clear that in the intervening period of time there's been some serious work going on to make the Xonar a more attractive proposition.
Summary: This card has been out on the market for a long while now, and I've read a lot of posts with good things to say about it. But, since I'm skeptical by nature, I had to see if this thing lived up to its hype. Well, there's nothing quite like first-hand experience. The Xonar D2X is simply an amazing sound card, even if it is a bit of a showoff. It’s packed with so much hardware and so much software that I would almost call it a good deal for the price.
Excerpt: Much hay has been made of the incredible speed advantages PCI Express offers over PCI. Beyond GPUs, however, we haven’t found much worthy of occupying those slots. Asus hopes to change that with its Xonar D2X card—the first soundcard we’ve reviewed that makes use of the PCI Express interface. The D2X is basically a PCI-E version of the Xonar D2 (reviewed April 2008).
Pros: The EAX 5 hack is commendable and the card’s LED lights add flash.
Cons: Initially spotty PCI-E support that must be fixed with a BIOS update.
Summary: A search of reveals what might be the only prohibitive aspect to owning an Xonar D2X... Six resellers are listed with prices ranging from $175 to $200 (US). While such an upgrade might make the sound card one of the most expensive components in some systems, if audio is really important to you, it just might be worth it. Either that, or you a major pirate, and the combination of PMP and ALT may be worth the money alone!
Pros: » Excellent audio performance in games and multimedia, » Excellent bundle of software and accessories, » PMP software creates good quality, unrestricted 'backups' of DRM files, » Finally something useful to stick in a PCIe x1 slot, » Colored LED illuminated 1/8" jacks
Cons: » Requires power from a floppy connector, adapter not included, » PMP software is a bit limited and rough around the edges, » Price
Summary: Данная аудиокарта для шины PCI Express требует подвода раздельного питания (через обычный «флоповый» разъем). Цена и производительность от PCI-версии не отличаются. ЦАП - внушительный по своим параметрам стерео РСМ1796 (динамический диапазон 123 дБА при THD+noise 0,0005%), разработанный инженерами легендарной компании Burr-Brown, ныне принадлежащей всеядной Texas Instruments.
Conclusion: Anakartların üzerinde bulunan ses kartları birçok kullanıcı için yeterli gelse de, multimedyaya düşkün olanlar için her zaman daha iyi çözümler mevcut. Xonar ailesi ses kartlarıyla pazarın artık tek bir oyuncusu bulunmadığını dile getiren firmanın D2X olarak adlandırdığı model, en güçlülerden biri. Analog 7.1 ve S/PDIF ses çıkışlarına sahip olan ses kartı bilgisayara PCI Express x1 arabirimi üzerinden bağlanıyor ve ek güç bağlantısına (FDD) gerek duyuyor.
Excerpt: A nossa conhecida Asus pretende integrar o mercado do som, mais precisamente o mercado das placas de som! Assim sendo apresentou na grande feira informática Computex deste ano as suas duas primeiras jóias, a Xonar D2 e a Xonar D2X.
A grande diferença entre elas é que a Xonar D2 utiliza a plataforma PCI enquanto que a irmã D2X utiliza PCI-Express, diga-se de partida uma pioneira nesta área!