Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Xonar DG is relatively small as far as sound cards go. Combined with the low-profile bracket, it should have no trouble fitting inside most HTPC chassis. No EMI shield is included like we've seen on other Asus cards, but that's understandable given the low price point.
You're limited to four analog outputs and one optical output, but again, when taking the cost into consideration this will meet the needs of the target audience just fine.
Sound processing is taken care of by a C-Media Oxygen HD CMI8786 chip that has a maximum sample rate of 96 KHz/24-bit for playback and 48 KHz/24-bit for recording. On other Asus cards we've seen AV100 or AV200 processors, which are simply rebadged Oxygen HD CMI8788 chips. The CMI8786 is still a respectable choice, though.
Digital to analog conversion (and vice versa) is handled by a Cirrus Logic CS4245.