Conclusion: I particularly liked the packaging ASUS has put forth with the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim sound card with it's non glossy matted finish, it's just a nice change from the norm. Of course, I also liked the whole black and gold color scheme, it just adds a certain touch of sophistication and quality. I didn't particularly like the very tiny screws that hold the mounting bracket onto the sound card, I found it much too difficult to replace it with the low profile bracket.
Pros: Slim profile, 8 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, HDMI cables included, Low to no CPU load
Cons: Low profile bracket difficult to install, Mixed use of electrolytic and solid state capacitors, Premium price