ASUS Xonar DS PCI 7.1 Internal Audio Card - XONAR DS

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by Ananke on 4/24/2013

I replaced my integrated sound with this Asus Xonar DS. I downloaded drivers from Asus website, ran on Win 8 Pro 64bit without problem. I like the sound, it is much vivid than the dull sound coming from the mobo integrated. The card separates really nicely the sounds, and speakers. It does have headphones pre-amps, the phone sound is much louder now. Almost no ambient noise when connected to my 8" monitors - considering that the card has phone jacks for outs, that's an achievement. Read More

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Product Overview

The most affordable PC Hi-Fi solution for your music, movie and games
ASUS, the innovator and leading provider of PC Hi-Fi audio solutions, has today announced the new ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 PCI audio card. Designed by the CES-Award winning ASUS Xonar team, Xonar DS is equipped with design features once found only on superior high-end audio equipment, such as 192kHz/24bit support for lossless audio playback, DTS Connect home theater technology and GX2.5 gaming engine supporting latest EAX for immersive gaming enjoyment.

The sound of Xonar DS is 12 times clearer than most on-board audio solutions, capable of eliminating 91% of background noise. Gamers can now hear every detail in the game audio, locate enemies from a distance to give them the edge in their games. This audio clarity also leads to more enjoyable movie/music experiences; with previously noise-obscured sounds coming to life with the Xonar DS’ high fidelity audio presentation.


Manufacturer ASUS Networking
Mfg Part# XONAR DS
SKU 212820318
UPC 610839043149
UPC 14 00610839043149
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Interfaces/Ports 4 x Stereo Mini Jack Audio Line Out / 1 x Stereo Mini Jack / 1 x 4-pin Auxiliary Input Jack
Product Model DS
Manufacturer Part Number XONAR DS
Product Line Xonar
Product Name Xonar DS 7.1 Channels Sound Card
Manufacturer Website Address
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
Product Type Sound Board
Package Type Retail
Package Contents Xonar DS 7.1 Channels Sound Card 1 x S/PDIF optical adapters 1 x Low-profile Bracket
Sound Channels 7.1
Audio Processor ASUS AV200
Host Interface PCI
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited
Tech Specs
Audio Performance
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): Up to 107dB
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 100 dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted): Up to 0.0017% (-95dB)
Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (A-Weighted): Up to 0.0017% (-95dB)
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ): <10Hz to 48kHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage: 1 Vrms (3Vp-p)
Sample Rate Conversion Quality: Almost lossless, high-fidelity floating-point filters, with: -140dB THD+N (typical value for 44.1K->48KHz, 24bit); 145dB (typical value for 44.1K->48KHz, 24bit)
Bus Compatibility
PCI: PCI v2.2 or above bus compatible
Main Chipset
Audio Processor: ASUS AV200 High-Performance Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit)
D-A Converter of Digital Sources: Wolfson WM8776* 1 (108dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit); Wolfson WM8766*1 (103dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
A-D Converter for Analog Inputs: Wolfson WM8776* 1 (102dB SNR, Max. 96kHz/24bit)
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit for all channels
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution: 44.1K/48K/96KHz @ 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA-Pro
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support: 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
I/O Ports
Analog Output Jack: mini jack *4 (Front/Side/Center-Subwoofer/Back)
Analog Input Jack: mini jack *1 (Line-In/Mic-In)
Other line-level analog input (for CD-IN/TV Tuner): Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Digital S/PDIF Output: High-bandwidth Optical Connector supports 192KHz/24bit (shared with Back surround output jack) -additional SPDIF-out header for HDMI audio output
Front-Panel Audio Header: Intel HDA front-panel compatible and supports HP jack-detection and automatically switch audio output from back-panel to front
Driver Features
Operation System: Windows Vista/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
DTS®Technologies: DTS®Connect (DTS Interactive Encoder and DTS Neo:PC) for both XP and -DTS Interactive encodes any 3D gaming audio into true-to-live 5.1 DTS Digital Surround sound experience -DTS Neo:PC could expand any stereo music to 7.1 surround sounds
DirectSound3D Game EXtensions 2.5 (DS3D GX 2.5)/DirectX: DS3D GX supports EAX gaming sound effects and DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions on Windows Vista. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)
Smart Volume NormalizerTM: Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming
VocalFX: The latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including:
VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in EAX games
ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you chat online
Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types (Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting
Karaoke Functions: Music Pitch-Shifting, Vocal Cancellation, and Microphone Echo effects with Stereo Mix recording (Wave and Mic-in) for online Karaoke or online DJ applications
FlexBass: Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system
Xear 3DTMVirtual Speaker Shifter: Adjustable virtual 7.1-speaker positioning
Other Effects: 10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects
3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs: Vista: DirectSound3D®GX 2.5, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound®HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenALgeneric modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability; XP: DirectSound3D®GX 2.5, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound®HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenALgeneric modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability
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