Date: June 28th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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ASUS XONAR DS 7.1 SOUND CARD INTRODUCTION
If you listen to music, watch videos or play games on your PC (and who doesn't these days), it's not a bad idea to add a good sound card to your system. While onboard sound is generally okay, the difference between it and using a sound card is something that deserves to be heard.
The last time Tweaknews reviewed an Asus sound card, it was the high-end Xonar Essence STX (check out the review HERE ). It proved to be a fantastic card in every way, but at a price of nearly $200 US it's not the most affordable way to upgrade your PC's sound. For the more budget conscious consumer, Asus has another offering in the Xonar line - the Xonar DS PCI sound card. It features 7.1 channel sound, DTS support, and 192 KHz/24-bit audio playback all at a budget price. How much of an improvement will it be over onboard audio? I'm about to find out. Continue on to page 2 for more details.
ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE
ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.
ASUS has an unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, a fact borne out by its corporate slogan—"Inspiring Innovation • Persistent Perfection"—and the numerous media, industry and governmental accolades it receives every year. In 2008, ASUS won 3,056 awards—receiving over 8 awards on average every day. The company's revenue for the same year was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars, and it topped the IT Hardware Category of the annual league table of Taiwan 's Top 10 Global Brands with a brand value of 1.324 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS also ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek's “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.
Inspired by the diverse needs of consumers in all areas and phases of life, ASUS' foremost mission is to deliver truly innovative solutions that in turn inspire consumers to reach for greater heights of productivity and fun. By leveraging its intimate understanding of the requirements of today's digital home, digital office and digital person, ASUS has the honor of claiming many world's firsts—such as the introduction of the groundbreaking Eee PC™, the ingenious use of renewable materials like leather and bamboo in notebooks and the incorporation of its proprietary power-saving Super Hybrid Engine technology into its notebooks and motherboards. By pioneering many new innovations, trends and technologies that have had a genuine impact on its customers' lives and the Earth at large, ASUS hopes to garner mindshare as well as market share.