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ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Audio Card w/ Low Profile Bracket

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   Part #: Xonar DS
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Features    [ Edit | History ]

Feel enemies crawling behind you and hear voices echo in dungeons with Xonar's immersive GX2.5 audio engine. Enable latest EAX gaming audio, and restores surround gaming in Windows Vista without additional software. The design once only seen on hi-end audio equipment is now presented in Xonar DS. Swappable OPamp socket allows you to customize your sound solderlessly and create your favorite listening experience with ease.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Xonar DS 7.1 Channels Sound Card
  • 1 x S/PDIF optical adapters
  • 1 x Low-profile Bracket
Host Interface PCI
DAC Data Width 24 bit
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 107 dB 100 dB
Sound Channels 7.1
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor Internal
System Requirements

Operating System(s) Supported:

  • Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)
  • MCE2005
S/PDIF Out Yes
Auxiliary Audio In Yes
Number of Audio Line Out 4
Maximum Recording Sampling Rate 3 Byte 96 kHz
Maximum Playback Sampling Rate 3 Byte 192 kHz
Audio Processor Model AV200
Audio Processor Manufacturer ASUS

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: XONAR DS
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Package Type: Retail
     Product Line: Xonar
     Product Model: DS
     Product Name: Xonar DS 7.1 Channels Sound Card
     Product Type: Sound Board
     Auxiliary Audio In: Yes
     Number of Audio Line Out: 4
     S/PDIF Out: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • Xonar DS 7.1 Channels Sound Card
  • 1 x S/PDIF optical adapters
  • 1 x Low-profile Bracket

     System Requirements:

Operating System(s) Supported:

  • Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)
  • MCE2005

Physical Characteristics  
     Form Factor: Internal
Technical Information  
     Audio Processor Manufacturer: ASUS
     Audio Processor Model: AV200
     DAC Data Width: 24 bit
     Host Interface: PCI
     Maximum Frequency Response: 48 kHz
     Maximum Playback Sampling Rate: 3 Byte 192 kHz
     Maximum Recording Sampling Rate: 3 Byte 96 kHz
     Minimum Frequency Response: 10 kHz
     Platform Supported: PC
     Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 107 dB
100 dB
     Sound Channels: 7.1
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

ASUS Xonar DS Customer Reviews

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Experience: 2 Days
good sound & crystal clear audio
good sound card

Nuclear Action
Experience: 1 Years
Sound quality for price, and ability to upgrade opamp section.
I have used this card in a few customer builds. They have all been more than satisfied. In the 50 dollar price range, this is the upgrade to get when going from onboard audio. This card is certainly not audiophile grade, but is more than enough for the average user wanting better than onboard. The added bonus is the ability to upgrade the opamp section on the card. I recommend it to people on a budget.

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Good price, nice drivers and very good overall
Very nice card ! I upgraded from my 5.1 rocketfish and it is awesome for my 7.1. I wanted to buy a 7.1 soundcard for the razer Tiamat 7.1, but I didn't get the chance to test it, because Tiamat are still Back order.

I didn't want to pay a lot for a soundcard and I was really surprise ! so many options and drivers and it work very good. There are so many other soundcards that cost more for less options and quality.

I recommend this sound card ! if you need a 7.1 card just go ahead and buy one of these !

Experience: 3 Days
 Verified Owner
Inexpensive, way better than on board
None really
I wanted the newer chipset so I bought this instead of the other cheaper model. It works fine, saves my CPU from having to process the audio

Experience: 4 Days
 Verified Owner
Great drivers, useful software, DTS Connect, Great sound quality.
No SPDIF input. No technology for headphones.
I upgraded to this after being fed up with Creative poor drivers and spotty Dolby Digital Live support on my Audigy Platinum. For $36 after rebate this is a great buy. Windows 7 x64 drivers downloaded from Asus' webstie were a quick and easy install.

The software package included with the drivers is useful and intuitive. DTS Interactive works like a charm and sounds great. From a pragmatic standpoint, it works the same as Dolby Digital Live. You check a box in the Audio Center and it starts outputting a DTS signal to your receiver. I can't think of a reason of why you would need Dolby Digital Live and DTS Interactive, so not having Dolby Digital Live support on this card isn't really a downside.

SPDIF input would have been nice, and there is no support for technologies such as Dolby Headphone or DTS Surround Sensation. If you plan to use mostly headphones, maybe look somewhere else. However for $36 after rebate, its hard to complain.

Note: I have only tested the sound quality using the SPDIF out, I cannot speak for the sound quality of the analog output.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
upgradable op-amp chip
low profile
No noticeable improvement from listening to mp3s
Haven't have a chance to try this out in games yet but there aren't any improvement i have noticed from listening to music. I have ASUS P5Q pro mobo and it is supposedly High Def sound so maybe that's why. I believe onboard sound is just as good as sound card unless it so very high quality headphone and sound card.

Experience: 1 Weeks
Cheap, especially as open-box.
Easy to install and work with.
Some good concepts in the design/software.
Utilities are pretty limited.
Not as many features as higher end cards, naturally.
Some problem with card and front panel headphone jack required a reinstall.
For a cheap card, this works well. It obviously isn't as loaded as higher end models, but it's better than on-board sound and a quick install. If you're not too picky, this is definitely worth a look.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
Price is low
none really
A client needed a better sound card than the one than comes with the motherboard. I bought this one and he was very pleased with it.

Experience: 60 Days
 Verified Owner
Good sound quality for music uses same sound processor as higher end xonar cards for half price

Can output two channel to my headphones or speakers while subcutaneously outputting optical to my receiver. This is great as on my other sound cards I would have to switch options in the control panel to switch sources
Volume has to be at 50 percent or distortion occurs
Having owned an m-audio revolution and comparing to my new asus motherboard onboard audio this was a definite upgrade.

TO the user who said upgrading his headphones made a difference, yes headphones make a difference they are part of the equation, if you have cheap headphones you wont get great sound. This card however does produce an upgrade in audio depending what your coming from.

Also this card was confirmed to be a stripped down version of more expensive xonar cards which are known for their sound quality. From the asus xonar board

"The DS uses the AVS200 audio processor - as found on many of the more expensive models. It just has less features - no Dolby for e.g"

Its amazing sometimes how price and placebo effect can sway user opinions.

For music this card is a no brainer, low cost, excellent sound quality, i output flac music at 44.1khz

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Not particular
finger printers found on the new product.
Not huge improvement on sound quality if you already have a better headphone. My Sennheiser CX300 headphone gives more result than upgrading this card. After I open the package I found finger printers on the product.

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Comment: All in all this is a great bang for the buck product, and I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a budget sound card that doesn't skimp on quality.
Posted by: Lord Babaghan @06/28/10
Comment: Confirmation of the extremely high audio quality of this card, using the same sound processor AV200 as more expensive xonar cards.
Posted by: Randall_S @03/29/10
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