ASUS really hit the sweet spot with the Xonar DG. There’s great quality audio, a ton of features in the Audio Center, along with extras like built in S/PDIF and a low profile bracket.
Summary: One of the first things you should do is read the full Xonar DG 5.1 User’s Manual from driver CD. It provides not only descriptions and pictures, but also provided details about what each feature does in very easy to understand language.
Pros: Clear, Full Body Audio on All Channels, Built-in Headphone AMP Supports Headphones with up to 150 Ohms of impedance, Includes Low Profile Brace for low profile HTPC cases, Well written User’s Manual
Cons: Included Quick Start Guide is almost useless, Audio Quality not Noticeable with Low Bit-rate Audio Sources
Excerpt: Asus' Xonar line continues its impressive lineup with the Xonar DG, proving to be an exceptional value at $30. It does a good job providing richer, fuller sound over speakers, but the built-in headphone amp is where this card really excels.
Summary: Happy anniversary, Xonar. The Xense nicely commemorates three years of taking Creative's lunch money. It feels like a sort of greatest hits for the Xonar line, celebrating the use of high-quality components, real-time Dolby Digital Live encoding, headphone amplification, and socketed OPAMPs.
Conclusion: The Xonar DG isn’t the best sound card you can buy in this price range. Asus’ own PCI Xonar DS costs roughly £8 more and has 7.1 analogue surround sound, a replaceable op-amp and a more powerful C-Media Oxygen HD CMI-8788 processor that provides a maximum sample rate of 192KHz (compared to the DG’s...