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ASUS Xonar U3 External USB 7.1 Channel Sound Card

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   Shipping Weight:   0.40 lbs
   Part #: XONAR U3
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Features    [ Edit | History ]
Features:

Turn your NB into a personal Hi-Fi center with Xonar U3

Get a BIG UPGRADE from USB audio with Xonar U3's crisp and clear sound for music, movie, gaming and VOIP enjoyment!

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Xonar U3 External Sound Box
  • 1 x S/PDIF Optical Adaptor
  • 1 x Driver CD
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • Extension USB Cable
Host Interface USB
Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) 100 dB
Form Factor External
Height 1.2"
Width 3.1"
S/PDIF Out Yes
Number of Audio Line In 1
Number of Audio Line Out 2
Audio Processor Model UA100 USB Audio Chip
Audio Processor Manufacturer ASUS
ProductId1020223100


Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: XONAR U3
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.asus.com
     Product Line: Xonar
     Product Model: U3
     Product Name: Xonar U3 External Sound Box
     Product Type: External Sound Box
Interfaces/Ports  
     Number of Audio Line In: 1
     Number of Audio Line Out: 2
     S/PDIF Out: Yes
Miscellaneous  
     Package Contents:
  • Xonar U3 External Sound Box
  • 1 x S/PDIF Optical Adaptor
  • 1 x Driver CD
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide
  • Extension USB Cable

Physical Characteristics  
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 1.2" (30.6 mm)
     Width: 3.1" (79.5 mm)
Technical Information  
     Audio Processor Manufacturer: ASUS
     Audio Processor Model: UA100 USB Audio Chip
     Host Interface: USB
     Maximum Frequency Response: 20 kHz
     Minimum Frequency Response: 20 Hz
     Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR): 100 dB

Customer Reviews of (ASUS XONAR U3)

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JJ_ontown
01/11/15
Experience: 20 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Amazing sound quality, it's so obvious when compared to default on-board sound card.
Cons
none
Summary
If you search a bit online, you will know why external sound cards can beat internal ones(even the high-end ones) so easily. But hearing the difference by my own ears still make me shocked. I am happy that I picked this.

Varroa
05/16/14
Experience: 14 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Small size, great sound, decent price
Cons
Could have a better amp but that is a limitation of USB
Summary
Bought this for a SFF LAN machine that needed something better than onboard. I use Sennheiser 350s and I was happy with the sound of this card. The USB extension is nice. On Win 8 you have to download beta drivers for this to work.

Maxime_D
01/17/14
Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
Price
Sound Quality
Cons
None
Summary
Wow sound is awesome, very good replacement for onboard sound for laptop. i use it on my Asus G75 with Sennheiser HD558 and the quality is almost the same than my Asus Xonar DX in my desktop pc.

AceOnRiv
11/02/12
Experience: 7 Months
Pros
good product
nice sound
ASUS
Cons
none
Summary
good replacement sound for crappy onboard! and it's enough to power my headphones, very clear sound too

Devindra_T
10/04/12
Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
So much better than laptop sound
Cons
none
Summary
Improve sound quality significantly even when using crappy headphones/speakers.




Guy_L
08/18/12
Experience: 3 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Pros
-Amazing sound.
-Great software.
-Sounds way better than my laptop's built in sound card.
Cons
-None
Summary
Bought it to get better sound quality on my laptop and it does exactly that. Love the software it comes with, awesome effects and powerful EQ. I love it!

justmoe1
12/09/11
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
This is far more powerful then i thought. I am constantly finding new uses for it. well worth the premium.
Cons
Although small, it is still bulky enough to be a nuisance(if you use it as amp for portable players).
Summary
So far i have plugged it in to a computer, a keyboard, a cell phone, a laptop with linux, and a tablet.

the increase in quality and volume increased by a huge margin over the respective audio systems.

i understand now why there is a key ring, but i would have made easier to take off of key ring when needed.

three
08/12/11
Experience: 1 Days
Pros
pretty much plug and play, dont need the cd; maybe unless u are using the 3d and surround stuff...
Cons
It might break if I smash it with a hammer.
Summary
I compared my new laptop with my old laptop and desktop with onboard sound...I could confirm it was my new laptop which was not being able to play my speakers out like they should with the headphone out jack..like it was half as quiet with the same volume level...I bought this and it's fixed, and if not even just a little better.

Neo_182
08/01/11
Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
- Cheap
- Portable
- Sounds flippin' AMAZING!
Cons
The paint kind of smudges really easy.
Summary
I read a few reviews before price matching this off another site for a nice 35$ or so. The quality that it puts out is simply amazing. I am an audiophile and i tend to be very picky about my soundcards and headsets.

But codecs and technology have moved so fast in the last few years that my 200$ sound card in my desktop gets blown STRAIGHT OUT of the case by this little stick.

I don't know what else to say , just that i am very impressed with the sound quality it pushes out for such a small device.

The only drawback is that it only puts out 48Khz.
Although the optical pro logic and provided drivers are simple and lightweight which makes up for the above.

It is a really great experience to listen to Lossless audio files with this usb soundcard.

I will be purchasing Asus Xonar stuff again for sure!

Did i mention i paid 35$ ?!

*Gasp* Buy this now!

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Messages about ASUS Xonar U3 External USB 7.1 Channel Sound Card

Specs (Mohammed_S- Jul 05, 13, 1 Replies) Read this message
Compatibility with 5.1 speakers (stargazer713- Mar 21, 13, 0 Replies) Read this message
Xonar U3: True 7.1 device, or just 2.0? (Graeme_H- Mar 14, 13, 6 Replies) Read this message
Asus Xonar U3 in USB hub (Peter_P- Mar 09, 13, 4 Replies) Read this message
Will this work for me? (dan_s- Oct 24, 12, 3 Replies) Read this message
Will this boost my microphone? (Clark_Y- Sep 18, 12, 17 Replies) Read this message
USB xonar U3 vs PCI xonar (BFGoodrich- Aug 23, 12, 17 Replies) Read this message
Xonar U3 (Dan L- Mar 10, 12, 2 Replies) Read this message
still better than onboard (justmoe1- Dec 09, 11, 4 Replies) Read this message
Xonar u3 or something else? (Mathieu_G- Oct 04, 11, 0 Replies) Read this message

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URL: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_xonar_u3/5.htm
Comment: My experience with the Xonar U3 really showed how far average sound card technology has progressed. The fact that one piece of the chain toward very good sound quality can be had for under $100 and in such a small package is absolutely brilliant.
Posted by: ilya @08/23/11
URL: http://www.neoseeker.com/resourcelink.html?rlid=240760
Comment: If your system has a free PCI or PCI Express slot, you'd do well to populate it with a Xonar sound card rather than filling one of your USB ports with the U3. The USB Xonar's signal quality simply isn't good enough, and its lack of high-definition audio support is difficult to ignore. As
Posted by: ilya @08/23/11
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