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Asus Xonar D2

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glaeken 3rd September 2007, 06:19 Quote
First!


Edit: But seriously. Good review. I remember being interested about this a while back. In the end though, since I'm no audiophile, integrated hd audio is fine for me.
wafflesomd 3rd September 2007, 07:14 Quote
The Midi Inputs are a surprise to me.
pejcaofrito 3rd September 2007, 09:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by glaeken
integrated hd audio is fine for me.
I second that! Linux user here, I don't care/need/have support for EAX or any Dolby stuff :P
Any1 knows if NV will launch a SoundStorm again?
Duste 3rd September 2007, 11:19 Quote
Microsoft are trying to rid themselves of the red ring of death, and ASUS are trying to display it with arms wide open. :D
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd September 2007, 11:34 Quote
I think there is no more inventions and performance inmprovement to gain with any soundcards/onboard audio since about 5 years ago. In fact there is nothing improved/changed/different. They all perform the same, all have the same features and options. the 0,0004 % difference is not going to be heard by anyones ears. (not on pc speakers anyway) You can only see visual differences on the computergenerated graphs. (see! brand B is better then brand A, it has a 0,000001% higher spike in loudness graph) It is just gimmicks, kitch whatever you want to namen it. Like; orange/green/bloo glowing cards, gamer-names branding and the useless "plug-led-indicators" for your wirings, because you setup your speakers and let it be there for years unless you change a mobo, or are moving your gear to a new house whatever. But then its still useless, because why would you move stuff around in the absolute dark, hitting your head against anything under you desk, tripping over your officechair or some lost footpeddals from your racing steer...
ComputerKing 3rd September 2007, 14:34 Quote
THIS IS THE Best sound card I ever saw! **** Creative cards.. WOW I want one. DAM, Thanks so much.
Mother-Goose 3rd September 2007, 14:43 Quote
Hmmm, not everything it was billed to be, maybe the encoding will be faster on the D3 version!?

Not entirely sure what to go for now, Bindi, from what you have said, it is a good allround card, but the Sondigio (sorry if the spelling is wrong) one sounds like it is just as good, but half the price (from what I have found after the googeling).

Am I to take it that the Creative offerings are not worth it at all?

As a casual gamer I am more concerned about movie and music quality, the games I just need to hear it and not get distorted, and from that view the Xonar sounds pretty good, but is there a better option for less? Because this looks pretty solid
DXR_13KE 3rd September 2007, 15:03 Quote
that asus card is really pimp.... and those leds in the back really help :D
Kipman725 3rd September 2007, 15:42 Quote
spdif was specificly designed for cheap fiber connections and 75ohm phono cable. Oxygen free cables are a scam, they have never been shown to be any better than non oxygen free cables (it's claimed that oxygen free is better as patches of copper oxide form diodes inside the cable and so the cable has a different impedance for one phase of the ac signal to the other producing distortion but this is complete BS). The included cables should be fine, most of the time spdif works without proper 75ohm cable anyway.
Regardless spdif is more of a consumer digital audio standard, the clock is derived from the data stream (to save money by just using two stand wire) and as such it's quite common to have the reciving device sensing the signalking level at the wrong time and thus getting incorrect data (thus distortion). I2S is a better standarrd and is what is used between cdplayer transports and their DAC's but I don't see any consumer cards with this connection standard (probobly because it would use the entire back plate up).
Kipman725 3rd September 2007, 15:51 Quote
btw does this thing have linux support?
wafflesomd 3rd September 2007, 17:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kipman725
btw does this thing have linux support?

I hope so.
Bluephoenix 3rd September 2007, 17:16 Quote
that 0,000001% percent can actually make a difference when you're outputting mixes at 2900 watts

the midi is good, and I might get one because of that (more ASIO outputs! )
MoRBiD 3rd September 2007, 18:37 Quote
I have been looking around for a decent sound card that "LOOKS" good.. hehe.. might install one of these in the HTPC ... might not also.

Kewl review.
Bindibadgi 3rd September 2007, 18:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kipman725
btw does this thing have linux support?

Not yet, but I've just spoken to Asus and the guy believed it was in the pipeline.
OleJ 3rd September 2007, 21:34 Quote
I couldn't seem to tell from the pics and text. Where do you plug in the optical spdif?

Secondly: Does this board output surround over spdif optical? Did you test it with a surround reciever?

Thanks
Bindibadgi 3rd September 2007, 21:40 Quote
I don't have a surround receiver but it does support it as well as Dolby Live and DTS:Connect.

The RCA jacks are dual jack with optical, the adapter for a Toslink is supplied in the box.
vegettoxp 3rd September 2007, 22:23 Quote
After I am doing reading the reviews on this soundcard and if everything is GOOD, you better believe that I will be ordering it as soon as I get some money in my hand. The hell with creative. they god some serious problems over there.

Thx for the Review!

P.S. Fusion
p3n 3rd September 2007, 23:00 Quote
Those backlit jacks are amazing, setting up under a LAN desk and at home is a pain in the arse!
Hamish 3rd September 2007, 23:22 Quote
no pci-e version? :(
OleJ 4th September 2007, 00:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
I don't have a surround receiver but it does support it as well as Dolby Live and DTS:Connect.

The RCA jacks are dual jack with optical, the adapter for a Toslink is supplied in the box.

Thanks for the reply. Could you possibly post a pic of the adapter?
wafflesomd 4th September 2007, 02:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix
that 0,000001% percent can actually make a difference when you're outputting mixes at 2900 watts

the midi is good, and I might get one because of that (more ASIO outputs! )

I doubt any involved with live sound reinforcement would even consider this card.
Bluephoenix 4th September 2007, 04:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
I doubt any involved with live sound reinforcement would even consider this card.

when you wind up as the DJ for informal parties at uni, and are on a budget, then an X-Fi is the best choice.

doesn't mean I wouldn't like to have some pro DJ equipment, I just can't afford it. :'(

the reason we can go as high as 2900 watts is we're slightly off campus, which is rural anyway, and the sound engineering students can borrow speakers and amps but not anything more. ( use my friend's decoder, which normally feeds the 7.1 in the room)
Mother-Goose 4th September 2007, 10:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamish
no pci-e version? :(
That's the D3, I thought it would be a concurrent release but obviously not.
Bindibadgi 4th September 2007, 11:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by OleJ
Thanks for the reply. Could you possibly post a pic of the adapter?

Middle image, page 1. The four things in the circle. The pic is clickable.


You're so lazy :P
Mother-Goose 5th September 2007, 10:01 Quote
What, no link? ;)
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