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#1 sdy284


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Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:51 AM

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ASUS last week at CeBIT demonstrated its upcoming Xonar-series sound cards. The upcoming Xonar-series spawns two variants, the D2 and D2K in PCI and PCIe x1 interfaces. Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect multi-channel audio encoding technologies are available for digital multi-channel audio. The Xonar-series also features 7.1-channel analog outputs for those that prefer analog to digital.

Early reports claim the ASUS Xonar-series feature an Analog Devices audio DSP, however, ADI denies any involvement in the sound card.

I checked with our sales team and there is not an ADI part in this unit,said Sandra Perry, product line manager, SoundMAX, DSP Division.

ASUS also touts Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Virtual Headphone technologies for multi-channel upconverting and surround sound with stereo speakers and headphones.

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(Xonar CeBit photo courtesy of VR-Zone)

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:10 AM

finally something that uses those tons of PCI-e 1x slots on the boards! I am trying to get one of those WLAN adapters from Abit, but they are sold out EVERYWHERE!

Just a side note, that thing looks BIG, possibly even 2 slots... where do you want to plug that on a crowded board with a large grafics card cooler?

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 02:59 PM

No kidding. Although it does have my interest. I need a nice audio solution as Creative has been seriously lacking.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 12:10 PM

That's a sound card? :o

Looks the size of a video card :P
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Posted 30 March 2007 - 12:30 PM

it looks like it takes up 2 slots in the render but in the real pic it looks to take up only 1 slot

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 02:59 PM

Cool, we're running out of PCI slots now a days, about time they actually made stuff that utilizes it

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 09:48 PM

I can't wait to see how it stacks up against creative, m-audio, and others.