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The recent launch of the Xonar DG 5.1 and Xonar DSX 7.1 PCI express audio cards from ASUS add two new monsters to the award winning Xonar stable. And these two beauties will add that extra oomph to your kit. The Xonar range has had great reviews and these two new additions have plenty of cool features.

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The Xonar DG 5.1 audio card has a headphone amplifier with Dolby Headphone for improved sound positioning in games and it has been specifically designed to boost the quality of personal audio using that lovely old 5.1 Dolby Headphone feature. It has three modes for you to choose from – voice, pro-gaming and exciter. The latter isn’t for gamers who like to bounce on their seats, it’s for powerful bass output, sorry.

The Xonar DSX 7.1 has DTS audio processing with 107dB SNR and DTS Connect. This includes the DTS Neo X and DTS Interactive technologies that deliver rather spectacular audio results for multimedia and gaming entertainment. It also has swappable operational amplifiers so those of you who love a bit of tweak and poke will appreciate the ability to modify sound characteristics to suit.

Both these Xonar audio cards come with the ASUS GX 2.5 gaming engine and are compatible with the latest version of EAX, and unleash sound that will crush the heart of that poor integrated audio on the motherboard. In fact, let’s have a moment’s silence in its memory.

So which is the right card for you?

The Xonar DG 5.1 looks, to me, like something the gamer should invest it. All the features point towards a superlative gaming audio experience that offers a vast improvement of the actual gaming experience. The Xonar DSX 7.1 is perfectly capable of giving you lovely, crisp sound in a game but it is also optimised for Blu-ray playback and will be an excellent addition to the home entertainment system. This makes it a very flexible card for those of you who appreciate both types of entertainment and have something of a passion for high quality audio across the board.

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