It's an high end audio card featuring SNR up to 118dB!
14 June 2012
Summary: In some regards the D2X represents the rather pathetic state of the soundcard industry as a whole – we’ve had PCI-Express for nearly four years now and the only performance card worth buying on the interface has to use a bridge chip. At least Asus has got off its backside and done something about it.
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 quite as good as the ST or STX, but still very good indeed. Finishing and presentation are absolutely superb. Software is well presented, flexible and rock solid. A great product.
Summary: I've just had a chance too install this card and by the way it is working and the quality of the drivers it blows my last card out of the water . I mite of paid 3 times more for this card but it's at least five times better and you can hear it in the sound and see it in the drivers.
Summary: I have a high end motherboard (asus sabertooth 990 fx r2.0), it has surround sound capabilities built in, which I did try with my 5.2 surround sound speakers. It was nice but in games some sounds did not sound correct. I then connect my speakers to this card and the sound is great! The sounds in games are correct.
Summary: I recently purchased this sound card as an upgrade from my on-board and I love it. Obviously has a built in amp which served me well with my Pioneer HDJ-1500-K headphones. Unfortunately this card does not come with any front panel IO connectivity so it does get quite annoying when I switch from my headphones to my 5.1 audio setup.
Summary: Upgraded from a soundblaster audigy. Sound is excellent but you will need decent quality speakers and amp to get the best quality. I use a denon av amp via the coaxial digital out. Nice build quality using high spec burr brown dacs. Looks quite funky too, the centre glows orange and the analogue sockets are illuminated (gives a nice rainbow on the wall behind my pc) No problems with drivers though i havn't tried the midi function. Quite expensive but well worth it.
Conclusion: This sound card is fantastic. It really transforms the sound from any speakers. When coupled with an expensive set of speakers it sounds even better! I have mine hooked up to a set of Bose Companion 5's and couldn't be happier. Make sure you have a floppy power cable on your PSU or a molex to FDD power adaptor. The card lights up orange when in use which might be a consideration for people with side windows and matching setups.