Summary: I'd suggest you google the UNi Xonar Drivers and use them.
Pros: Amazing, clear sound. Audio definition like nothing I have ever heard before. Easy to use interface. Updated drivers for Windows 10. The card was released over six years ago, but it is still an amazing high end audio card.
Summary: Remember to plug in the power connector when you install the card.
Pros: The sound quality moved me to tears. I have neurological hypersensitivity to sound and for the first time I'm unable to detect the slightest amount of distortion or noise in the audio. I knew it would be an upgrade but I wasn't expecting such an extreme boost in quality as I tend to notice artifa...
Summary: Amazing card so far. I'm hearing more in my music from my computer than I have before. So far I haven't done any gaming with it yet, but I will. After trying the sound blaster zxr, ht omega eClaro and sound blaster z, I finally found something that matches my needs.
Summary: With the exceptions of 1) the STX II, or 2) access to a time machine, this is without a doubt the best soundcard you can buy. ...That is, if you set it up properly. First of all, the card is powered by an external 4-pin Molnex.
Summary: Do you need a card like this? Not really. Do you want a card like this? Yes, yes you do.
Pros: This card is mechanical - it clicks its way to life as you start up the computer. When you switch outputs it clicks, it gives you a feel of quality that you would not have with a regular sound card you could buy. Plug a decent set of headphones into the jack and your ears will light up with music...
Cons: The software is pretty clunky, like it was designed in the late 1990s. Once you figure it out you can switch outputs and get groovy sounds, yo.
Summary: Expect this review to update over the course of a couple of weeks.
Pros: Well, expect this review to update; however, the card is amazing! So far I have yet to recieve my DT880's 600OHM impedance; coming today too. Without top of the line headphones one may think that simply hearing a difference would be challenging. On the contrary, they turn horrible logitech speake...
Cons: None so far, besides maybe the molex connector needed, but that was no problem. Although, the molex connector did not seem to fit too well, but it fit none the less.
Summary: You can of course custom change the DAC and amp components, but the stock works true and great for me. It will make "short circuit" sound as you change the source ie headphone- speaker and etc. but I have made that changes hundred of times, and the card is still ok and going strong. So do not worry.
Pros: I am using this card to power a DT880 600 ohms headphone. So far using the highest gain, it gets no problem at all. No hissing no lag, and it works wonder. Better than Fiio external amps that I have owned. Fiio and other even O2 external amp and DAC will have slight hissing noise at the gain to m...
Cons: For those using logitech 5.1 or 7.1 speakers, you have to modify the cable so that you can use this sound card. even so, this xonar STX is optimised to stereo. So it will work really great for those headphone and stereo speakers users.
Summary: I've been a loyal Creative sound card user for 20+ years. I've also been happy with many Asus products. My latest motherboard purchase did not have a PCI slot so I could no longer use my X-Fi. In comparing reviews of the latest Creative card to the Asus Xonar I decided to try the Xonar.
Pros: I've had good experiences with other Asus products. Reviews of the Xonar looked like it was the better product for me (compared to the latest Creative offering).
Cons: Sound card makes an odd clicking noise at times. Seems to happen most often while the system is booting. Hasn't caused any disrupting while listening to music or playing games, but a bit disconcerting to hear this at all.
Summary: Other than the software hiccup this card is outstanding. I would definitely buy this card again for another build.
Pros: This card is constructed very well and absolutely beautiful to look at. The sound quality puts every other sound card I've owned to shame, even with mid range speakers and headphones. The Audio Center software that is included allows you to customize the sound in just about every way imaginable.
Cons: Nothing that is a deal breaker, but a few issues I ran into while installing: Installing the drivers was a little more complicated than it should have been. Go to the website for driver downloads if the included CD doesn't work for you. Seems to be a common issue that a prompt saying "Sound card ...