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Asus Xonar D2X - PCI-Express soundcard  - PCstats.com Asus Xonar D2X - PCI-Express soundcard
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"In some regards the D2X represents the rather pathetic state of the soundcard industry as a whole – we’ve had PCI-Express for nearly four years now and the only performance card worth buying on the interface has to use a bridge chip. At least Asus has got off its backside and done something about it. As for the Xonar D2X itself, I still prefer not to use any of the extra Dolby or DTS features and leave the core audio sounding as good as it should – and it certainly sounds excellent. But because I prefer to have the audio sounding as it was intended without the use of any Dolby or DTS ‘features’, a lot of this extra value is lost on me. I really wish Asus would launch a no-frills card that sounded just as good – without having to pay for the DTS and Dolby licences or extra OEM software included in the bundle – it would work out far cheaper. The additional power the Xonar D2X requires caused me no end of fuss too. First, my PSU at home didn’t have a floppy connector, so I had to dig around for an adapter, and then I had to re-route all my tidied cables – it’s just sloppy and messy. Even a normal Molex, which every PSU has, would have been a better option. At the very least a Molex-to-floppy power adapter should be thrown in the box gratis.
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