Asus Xonar U7 Review
ASUS continues its impressive audio lineup with the Xonar U7. The U7 offers 24-bit/192KHz recording and playback with 114dB SNR, S/PDIF output, 7.1 channel analog output, dedicated stereo headphone output, a volume knob, and it's all powered of a USB 2.0 port. The headphone output comes with its own DAC and adjustable gain settings, making the U7 capable of driving just about any pair of headphones to ear-splitting levels. The U7 is a discreet audio card, in a nice little package, so it also supports Dolby HTv4, including surround sound encoding. And there's also a karaoke mode. High performance in a small package, but is it any good? The U7 is surprisingly good.