Published on March 24th, 2013 | by Tonberry King
ASUS Xonar DX Internal Sound Card
Noisy onboard audio included with your motherboard is a great reason to look for dedicated internal sound card alternatives. Paired with a decent set of headphones or multimedia speakers, the ASUS Xonar DX is the undisputed sub $100 sound card champ. The included DAC’s (digital to analog converters) are top notch and make this card sound great. This card requires it’s own power so you will need to use the included (legacy) Molex adapter and plug it into your power supply.
Internal Sound Card Features
- Support for front-panel headers
- Stellar 116 dB SNR for front audio ports (112 dB for rear)
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Headphone support
- Great sound quality via a pair of Cirrus Logic DAC’s
It should be noted that the included drivers aren’t great. Luckily, there are many great alternatives online that you can download for free. Also, there is no auto detect feature, you must manually switch between headphones in the front and speakers in the back with a few clicks in the included software. However, get past these small issues and the card is a great choice for anyone wishing to get better sound out of their current equipment.
Summary: Hands down, the best sub $100 internal sound card. Get a bold increase in sound clarity with this ASUS sound card.