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  • MX20617 Xonar DX 7.1 PCI-E Soundcard
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Dolby Home Theater Technologies & Richest Gaming Audio Effects for best PC audio upgrade
Powered by complete Dolby Home Theater technologies, the ASUS Xonar DX supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP. VocalFX voice processing technologies to make gaming and online chat more lively and attractive. The Xonar DX delivers high quality audio - ~35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR).

Features

Complete Dolby Home Theater technologies
Inheriting from D2 and D2X, Xonar DX also provides complete valuable Dolby Home Theater technologies for games and all home entertainments:

Dolby Digital Live:
Real-time 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound encoders

Dolby Pro-Logic IIx:
Converts stereo or 5.1 sounds to seamless 7.1 surround soundfield

Dolby Headphone:

Delivers a realistic and spacious 2-to-5.1 surround or 3D positional soundfield over any set of stereo headphones

Dolby Virtual Speaker:

Simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.

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Supports latest DS3D GX 2.0 for gaming on Vista & XP
DS3D GX 2.0 not only revives EAX and DirectSound effects in games on Windows Vista as GX 1.0, but also incorporates Dolby Home Theater Technologies (Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby PrologicIIX) to provide best gaming audio experience.

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Innovative VocalFX makes gaming and online chat more lively and attractive
VocalFX is an innovative voice processing technology to let your voice get into the realistic game landscape (VoiceEX) or to emulate the background scenes in online chat (ChatEX). It also allows you to change your voice pitch to disguise who you are (Magic Voice). These features dramatically increase the fun for voice communication on PC.

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Delivers about 35 times cleaner audio quality (116dB SNR) than most motherboard audio (85dB SNR)
The noise on Xonar DX audio card is only 1/35 (2.8%) of the noise level from most motherboard onboard audio. In addition, Xonar DX also produces as little as 1/32 (-105dB) of the total harmonics distortion from motherboard audio does (-75dB).

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System Requirements

- One PCI Express 1.0 (or higher) compatible slot for the audio card
- One available 4-pin power cable from PC’s power supply unit
- Microsoft® Windows® Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005
- Intel® Pentium®4 1.4GHz or AMD Athlon 1400 CPU or faster CPU
- > 256 MB DRAM system memory
- > 60 MB available HDD space for driver installation package
- CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) for software installation
- High-quality headphones, powered analog speakers, or a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder, to enjoy the ultra-high fidelity sounds of the card

Specifications

Audio Performance  
Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) 116 dB for Front-out
112dB for other channels
Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 112dB
Output Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB) 0.00056% (-105dB) for Front-out
Input Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (-3dB) 0.0004% (-108dB) for Line-in
Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz format) <10Hz to 48KHz
Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage 2 Vrms (5.65 Vp-p)
   
Bus Compatibility PCI Express:
- PCI Express Rev.1.0a specification compatible
- Max. full 2.5Gbps bandwidth per direction and optimized latency for high-definition audio processing
- Compatible with X1, X4, X8, X16 PCI Express slots
   
Main Chipset  
Audio Processor ASUS AV100 High-Definition Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit)
24-bit D-A Converter of Digital Sources Cirrus-Logic CS4398*1 for Front-Out (120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
Cirrus-Logic CS4362A*1 for other 6 channels (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
24-bit A-D Converter for Analog Inputs Cirrus-Logic CS5361* 1 (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24bit)
   
Sample Rate and Resolution  
PowerAnalog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit
S/PDIF Digital Output 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @ 16/24bit, Dolby Digital, DTS
   
I/O Ports  
Analog Output Jack 3.50mm mini jack *4 (Front/Side/Center-Subwoofer/Back)
Analog Input Jack 3.50mm mini jack *1 (Shared by Line-In/Mic-In)
Other line-level analog input (for TV Tuner or CD-ROM) Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Digital S/PDIF Output High-bandwidth TOS-Link optical transmitter (shared with Line-In/Mic-In jack) supports 192KHz/24bit
   
Driver Features Operation System
Windows Vista(32/64bit)/XP(32/64bit)/MCE2005

Dolby® Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live encodes any audio signal on PC in real-time to Dolby Digital (AC3) 5.1 surround sounds to your home theater environment through one single S/PDIF connection

Dolby® Headphone
Dolby Headphone technology allows users to listen to music, watch movies, or play games with the dramatic 5.1-channel surround or realistic 3D spacious effects through any set of stereo headphones.

Dolby® Virtual Speaker
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from as few as two speakers.

Dolby® Pro-Logic IIx
Dolby Pro-Logic II is the well-known technology to process any native stereo or 5.1-channel audio into a 6.1- or 7.1- channel output, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield.

DS3D GX 2.0
-DS3D GX 1.0 supports EAX gaming sound effects and DirectSound 3D hardware enhanced functions on Windows Vista. (DirectX/DirectSound 3D compatible)

VocalFX™
Xonar DX provides VocalFX, the latest vocal effect technologies for gaming and VoIP, including: -VoiceEX: produces vivid environmental reverberation for your voice in EAX games -ChatEX: emulates different background environment effects when you chat online -Magic Voice: changes your voice pitch to different types (Monster/Cartoon…) for disguising your real voice or just for fun in online chatting

Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC)
Provides advanced Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC, eliminates up-to-40dB speaker echo return) and noise suppression technologies for best voice communication quality in VOIP applications or online gaming

Smart Volume Normalizer™
Normalizes the volume of all audio sources into a constant level and also enhances your 3D sound listening range and advantages in gaming

Karaoke Functions
Music Key-Shifting and Microphone Echo effects like professional Karaoke machine

FlexBass™
Professional Bass Management/Enhancement system

Xear 3D™ Virtual Speaker Shifter
Virtual 7.1 speaker positioning

Other Effects
10-band Equalier/27 Environment Effects

3D Gaming Sound Engines/APIs
DirectSound3D® GX 2.0 & 1.0, EAX®2.0&1.0, DirectSound® HW, DirectSound SW, A3D®1.0, OpenAL generic modes, 128 3D sounds processing capability

ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
Supports 44.1K/48K/96K/192KHz @16/24bit with very low latency
Bundled Software Utility Portable Music Processor Lite utility
Converts digital music content or CD audio into regular MP3/WMA files with Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker (w/ Pro-Logic II), and Smart Volume Normalization processing (Windows Media Player 10 or above is required)

MCE Software Kit
Software kit with 10-ft GUI for Windows Media Center Edition

RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.0.6
Easy but powerful software intended for testing the quality of audio equipments