Asus Xonar D2X Sound Card review -
Page 1 -- Introduction
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This, my friends, is a little thing called the Xonar D2X. ASUS released the PCI-based Xonar D2 quite some time ago, and not so long ago, they released the D2X, the PCI-express version. After a long conversation with Asus, we finally get to review this one, the D2X. Two things nice about coming late to the party is that you know what everybodys wearing, and everybody notices your arrival.
And my God is this thing a showboat.
The gold and PCIe is nice. The Burr-Brown 24 bit/192 KHz DAC's are super high-end and just about the best you can get. The Dolby and DTS encoding is hot. But LED lights? EMI shield? Requires a power connection? Well, I think the D2X would compete well in a beauty pageant, but honestly, it's just so over the top. Creative have pretty much ruled the roost with their Soundblaster series, and with very little surprise with an exceptional performance lead with their DirectSound acceleration, and a healthy game support in Windows XP for their proprietary EAX extensions.
One thing that has opened up with Microsofts latest OS, Vista, is the sound card market. Vista ended the direct hardware access era, effectively destroying Creatives performance lead. Users of XP still have some advantage, but as soon as XP is dead, well have a level playing field and renewed competition in the market. Thats the theory anyway, and it does seem to be starting right about now.
Let's get this boat rocking.
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