- Xonar DGX
- 29 points
- 64 months ago
from completed build Melange
Just got this today and even though I'm not using super high end speakers and headphones, the sound is miles better than the motherboard. I feel like I can hear more sound, a lot of little nuanced sounds, like the way bullets hit against a wall, or rain drops smack upon the ground. Could be psychological, but I showed a few more people and they were very impressed. Definitely worth the 40 bucks.
- 23 points
- 33 months ago
from completed build Penumbra v2
It's a great little sound card. Gives 5.1 audio, plus controls for multichannel audio. Helpful if you want surround sound, or true 5.1 audio for games/movies.
- 19 points
- 37 months ago
from completed build Phantastic first gaming computer!
Paired with the Logitech z506, my whole room shakes when I play games.
- 11 points
- 9 months ago
from completed build Ryzen 9 3900X Workstation & Gaming Build
Good for its price, although it can suffer from some noise when being used with 3.5mm connection. Works perfectly on optical though. Allows for signal to be mixed down 7.1 to 2 channels with Dolby Headphone via optical, which is not a matter of course. Can't live without that for games so I just use it for that as a DSP.
Installing the UNI Xonar audio driver is recommended since that provides some more options. Beware though, there are some buggy versions out. Make sure to read up on its website.
- 10 points
- 44 months ago
from completed build The Bargain Bin
I really don't need one of these, but I will say that it makes my ATH-M40X's sound a bit better and add more bass to them.
- 10 points
- 24 months ago
from completed build Ryzen/Radeon Workstation, aka The Frugal Beast Build
I decided I could afford to experiment and see what kind of sound quality I could get out of a $45 card. The Asus Xonar DGX seemed like a decent choice for someone unfamiliar with sound cards. So far I would say I'm pleased but not ecstatic about it. The coolest thing about this little card is that the driver allows you to simulate 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, move virtual speakers into different locations around your head that change your playback experience, and choose a large variety of EQ settings.
It has some weird quirks and annoyances about it though. Sometimes switching between the Xonar and the motherboard's onboard sound can be annoying because the Xonar's headphone jack is all the way in the back of the computer, which is usually hard to reach for me. Sometimes when I'm listening to something with the Xonar there's a greatly over-exaggerated echo effect, even though I don't remember changing any settings like that. Also, I infrequently but sometimes can hear an almost imperceptible high-pitched whine in the headphones while plugged into the Xonar. I still haven't figured out if this is because of the sound card or some other phenomenon happening inside the case.
Lastly, I've discovered that I can't use the Xonar with some games, which is disappointing since it's advertised as a gaming sound card. There might be some settings somewhere that have simply escaped me, but so far I haven't found a way to use my Xonar to hear Dark Souls Remastered on Steam.
- 7 points
- 28 months ago
from completed build Optimus Prime
I wasn't sure I really needed a sound card, but having finished the build, man am I glad I picked this up! The difference in audio output is laughable. Not that the motherboard's built-in audio is anything to sneeze at, but this card just cranks everything up to 11. Awesome buy for the price, and honestly it would probably still have been worth it at double the cost I got it for.
- 6 points
- 32 months ago
from completed build First PC v1.1
Would give 5 if the driver wasn't such a pain to find and install. I spent nearly 3 days working on it to get audio working for any length of time. After I got that sorted out everything works great and my audio throughput is super clear.