Excerpt: Great soundcard - massive improvement over an on-board sound engine. Both the physical and the software installation are fast and easy. The software allows for a significant amount of customization and effect settings. I would recommend as an economical upgrade for people who require more than the mere basics.
Excerpt: Nice enough sound card. I bought this because I needed a PCI Express card since my new MSi Z87 G45 - Gaming Motherboard does not have a standard PCI slot. I had the Zonar DG that was only a few months old and if I compare the 2 I honestly like the DG more. The DG costs R380 currently and is thus pretty much half the price of the DSX.
Summary: At some point, the onboard sound just make music drag and not enjoyable. This card makes no drag, but produces silk smooth sound. However, the driver on disk crashed my computer at installation. The downloaded version from Asus website installed smoothly. The software interface kind of confusion and nowhere to find help. Still the card works and produces sound as expected.
Summary: Bought this to replace my Creative based Auzentech X-Fi Forte. Connections and installation was easy, plugged the front panels HD audio without hassle. Sound quality, it depend which use you intend to do. I find the audio different on some outputs. The sound I use on the speaker was too muffled on my speakers while it was too hissy on my headphones.
Summary: I can say with all sincerity that everything ASUS promised they delivered upon. I discovered no operational annoyances related to how the card was designed or how the drivers are written.
Pros: Where to start. First, I have owned just about every major variant of sound card since the days of the original Sound Blaster 8 bit ISA. I have since owned C-Media based cards, the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, Sound Blaster X-Fi, Auzentech X-Fi Forte, not to mention another variation of THIS card, the Xonar DSX, plus my most recent try...the Sound Blaster Z. So, you could say I have had some experience. I am not a true audiophile, but I am picky about my sound, and I am a...
Cons: Every sound solution is going to have a con. Some of the cons are going to be related to what it COULD NOT give you, and perhaps what it DID NOT give you yet was promised.
Summary: old motherboard does support 5.1, but when i upgraded to z906, nothing really changed, i got a bigger bang than the old z10, that's all. but clearly the motherboard is taking a toll, because it just kept restarting the speakers. so i got the dx7.1. there hasn't been a big improvement over the sound quality, i'd say 20% tops, but the base is better. a good card to get over the stock ones.
Pros: easy to install., huge improvement over the sound card on the motherboard