The setup took longer than I feel like it should have
Justin Carroll, Amazon
10 December 2014
Summary: This card has been very difficult to deal with. I bought it for my Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset. The setup took longer than I feel like it should have. The ports don't come color coded, so if you aren't familiar with what color is what output, you'll have to look online. I would say look in the manual, because there are visual illustrations of how to plug your speakers in, but it's conveniently colored in black & white.
Crazy Willy's Funhouse of Sound; not much good for anything else.
Corvus + Snow, Amazon
24 November 2014
Summary: This card was a tremendous disappointment. After a Turtle Beach surround headset broke, I got some Astro A50's and picked one of these up to replace my onboard Realtek audio. I wanted it for the codecs, and so I could plug in an external surround speaker set later (at the time I was in an apartment) while leaving my headset connected as well.
ASUS PCI-Express x1 7.1 Channel Sound Card XONAR-DX After great effort, I am happy, but be aware...
bobguitar53 "bobguitar53", Amazon
20 June 2014
Summary: I purchased this card used. I didn't get to open the package and install it for several weeks, so when I finally did, I was disappointed. The card was packed in an anti-static bag (a good thing) but was not protected from damage in shipping by any bubble wrap or anything else. Took the board out of the bag and one of the surface mount capacitor fell out of the bag. It had broken off its position on the board.
Summary: I've always used Creative products in the past for my PC sound card needs, but after doing some research I decided to give the XONAR series a try, with the DX card being the best bang for buck. I was not disappointed. Pros: The sound is excellent, the price is pretty good, and it's simple to install - literally plug and play.
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: I have built two identical gaming systems for my wife and myself. I purchased this card because I wanted to use PCI-E slots on the motherboards (a card in the PCI slot partially blocks the power supply ventilation intake in my Antec 900 cases). I already had a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty in one system, so I only ordered one of these at first to test and compare. It works perfectly, and sounds incredible!
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! I listen to music, Play video games and watch ripped blue ray movies (legitimately of course) 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) Disclaimer: I have another PC with the Xonar STX... Not even touching it...
Pros: Easy To Install, Easy To Use, Good Audio Quality
Summary: This is the best sound card I have ever owned. And I've owned the very best Sound Blaster Core series. This card has much better dynamic range and restores lost fidelity in your MP3's because of compression.