Summary: Purchased for a desktop upgrade that I am using with my stereo as a music server. Installation was a snap and it works well providing me with an Optical output to my external DAC. However, the instructions for accessing the program and the drop down menus is non-existent. I spent a couple hours trying to figure out to switch the output to PCM mode in order to get the optical output to work. Better instructions and a few pictures would be extremely helpful.
Summary: I really like this sound card ! I was using Via vinyl onboard audio which was pretty decent for an onboard solution but I wanted something better and I found this Asus dsx .The Dsx blows the VIa away so much cleaner more detailed but audio is a subjective thing so yea MY ears like it .
I'm quite happy with my Asus Xonar DSX card and its easy to use management interface.
Thomas P. Blinn "Dr. Tom Blinn", Amazon
19 November 2014
Summary: I purchased this Asus Xonar DSX 7.1 card to provide surround sound synthesis for listening to recorded music via iTunes on my HP Compaq 8200 Elite minitower system. I had a Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum installed (since 2011) and in August/September 2014 it just stopped working, so I got this card to see if it would work better. As it turned out, it didn't, although I've chosen to keep it and leave it installed.
Summary: Great sound card for the price. I have it paired with klipishce promedia 2.1 speaker set. Sound is clear and its able to power its bass. Sounds MUCH better than my realtec audio in my motherboard. Asus audio control panel isn't full of bloat and can be ignored and closed once settings are set. Only complaint is its windows 8.1 drivers. Last update was a year ago and its still beta. It works but annoying asus hasn't updated it. On the linux side things are fantastic.
Summary: Based on a old review, here's how to set up a global keyboard shortcut that will allow you to toggle your SPDIF checkbox. Old review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R17HDTKPBDSYSX/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B001OV789U If you don't know what AutoHotKey is, just Google it, download it, and load the following code: ^+q:: Run, "C:\Program Files\ASUS Xonar DSX Audio\Customapp\AsusAudioCenter.exe" WinWait, Xonar DSX Audio Center IfWinNotActive, Xonar DSX Audio Center, ,...
Summary: Sound quality is clearly better than from on-board Realtek system. The difference is biggest when 192kH is used. It does not improve any frame rates on multi-core systems. Software allows for some adjustments to the EQ. Games take really good advantage of this card in terms of sound effects.
Summary: Easy installation, as expected. The sound is very good. A couple of caveats: Asus only offers a beta driver for 8.1. It does not include the Audio Center that allows more comprehensive setup and control. Drivers and Audio Center are available here: [...] The socket on the card for the front headphone jack does not match the plug on my Dell 8150. Since Asus is saying that their socket is Intel standard, I'm blaming Dell for a proprietary plug.