yesterday's press release, Asus announced their alternative to "flat and murky“ onboard audio. The name is Xonar DX and Asus claims that the sound quality is at least 30% better than on the average onboard audio.
Although competing with onboard audio is not a goal to behold, especially knowing that this is a PCI Express card, the card still packs enough features to satisfy an average user's hunger, and then some.
EAX 5.0 and DirectSound 3D GX 2.0 technology support, VocalFX and Dolby Sound technologies (Digital Live, Headphone, Virtual Speaker, Pro Logic IIx) and 192KHz/24bit processing; all of these will make you happy tor dumping your onboard audio.
Still, this card’s 116dB SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) is quite nice, but we’re guessing that the success of this card will heavily depend on the pricing – after all you can buy an X-Fi Extreme Audio for as little as $47, and that’s a tough price to beat.
You can find the press release here