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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: I installed the Xonar DX sound card on a Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard to replace the onboard 7.1 sound. I am using a Klipsch Pro media 5.1 sound system and it had never sounded the way I thought it should. With this sound card installed the difference is amazing. Dynamic range is fantastic and bass is great. The Klipsch system now sounds like it should. Xonar dx is highly recommended.
Excerpt: No, It's not a Xonar STX! but I really like this sound card!<br /><br />I listen to music, Play video games and watch ripped blue ray movies (legitimately of course)<br /><br />Improves the sound quality in general. this is just night and day from the on-board sound I listened for over a week (waiting for this card to be available)<br /><br />Disclaimer: I have another PC with the Xonar STX... Not even touching it...
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Good Audio Quality
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.