Onboard audio just won’t cut it for audio purists. No matter what the specs say, a built-in audio chip won’t give you as much depth or audio clarity, which is why there has been a number of high-end dedicated audio cards being launched lately. After all, HD video won’t matter much if your audio isn’t up to par. Asus’ Xonar DS 7.1 channel audio card gives audiophiles an instant sound upgrade, offering high-fidelity sound for 8-piece speaker setups on music, movies, and games.
This simple audio card boasts of a 107dB signal-to-noise ratio, which is listed to eliminate 91% of background noise, offering audio clarity that’s 12 times better than the average onboard audio chip. The Xonar DS also features a GX 2.5 audio engine on Windows systems that delivers realistic audio for 3D gaming, including EAX and DirectSound support.
Additional audio tech includes DTS Connect Technology for digital surround sound, 192kHz/24bit lossless audio support, and voice processing technology for inserting voices into games and online chats.