Affordable, feature packed, 5.1 channel sound, headphone amp and built in S/PDIF, this is the ASUS Xonar DG. Yes, it is the cheapest card in the Xonar lineup, but it definitely carries more than its weight. The Xonar DG is Dolby Headphone and GX2.5 enabled which takes care of all current gaming support. While its great sound quality (up to 96kHz/24bit) makes all movies, and music truly enjoyable. There will even be times when you blindly mistake the Xonar DG for its bigger brother the Xonar Xense. Putting all of that fancy stuff aside, if you need a new soundcard and are on a budget, the Xonar DG is the card for you. Continue reading to find out all of the reasons why.
The front of the Xonar DG box is very ‘audio-ish’. There are traveling sound waves, planes flying at high speed, a picture of the soundcard, and a wireframe model of a person using a headset. The text on the box is glossy and embossed. Some of the DG’s features are displayed on the front such as Headphone Amplifier, Dolby Headphone, GX2.5 , and Jack Sensing Front Panel. The left side of the box lists Package Contents and System Specs, whereas the right side lists the Product Specs and Features. Rotating the box 180 degrees from the front brings us to the back. Here we find the key features of the Xonar DG in 15 different languages.
The Xonar DG features a darkish brown/black PCB with the ASUS and Dolby logos prominently displayed in the bottom center. A normal sized bracket is already installed, however there is a low profile bracket in the box for HTPC’s. It is a 5.1 channel card, so as expected you’ll find three 3.50mm jacks for main, rear and center/subwoofer (LFE). Also, similar to the Xonar Xense, there is only one input jack. This one jack doubles as a mic and line-in input. Finally there is the S/PDIF digital optical output.
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