Xonar 1s ASUS Xonar D2/X Sound Card Details

We first broke the news about ASUS
making sound cards
over at CeBIT and

DigiTimes
followed up with an article yesterday stating Xonar D2X is using
CMedia sound chips instead of ADI we initially heard. If that the case, Xonar
D2/X is most probably based off C-Media
Oxygen HD
CMI8788
sound chip according to the specs we seen.  ASUS Xonar sound
cards are primarily targeted at Gamers as well as Music and Digital Home users. Xonar D2/X supports
192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback and 115dB SNR for recording. It supports
HW accelerated EAX 2.0 and OpenAL under Windows XP but not Windows Vista since
Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) is removed. ASUS promises they will provide
constantly updated drivers on both XP and Vista to the consumers. ASUS plans to
ship 500K Xonar D2X sound cards in 2007.

Xonar 1 ASUS Xonar D2/X Sound Card Details

We first broke the news about ASUS
making sound cards
over at CeBIT and

DigiTimes
followed up with an article yesterday stating Xonar D2X is using
CMedia sound chips instead of ADI we initially heard. If that the case, Xonar
D2/X is most probably based off C-Media
Oxygen HD
CMI8788
sound chip according to the specs we seen.

ASUS Xonar sound cards are primarily targeted at Gamers as well as Music and
Digital Home users. There are two versions of cards but with the same specs;
Xonar D2 is PCI based while D2X is PCI Express based. Xonar D2/X supports
192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback and 115dB SNR for recording. It supports
HW accelerated EAX 2.0 and OpenAL under Windows XP but not Windows Vista since
Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) is removed. Without that, games using
DirectSound3D will be rendered in software mode without EAX. It doesn’t affect
new game titles since most of them run on OpenAL. Creative faced the same
problem with their X-Fi sound cards therefore they have a ongoing
ALchemy
project to convert EAX into OpenAL so perhaps CMedia or ASUS can follow suit.

Other features include supports for Dolby Digital Live and DTS Connect to
convert gaming audio into Dolby Digital & DTS 5.1 channels surround signal for
Home Theater systems. It also supports Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Speaker
to provide 3D sound positioning over headphones and speakers. ASUS promises they
will provide constantly updated drivers on both XP and Vista to the consumers.
ASUS plans to ship 500K Xonar D2X sound cards in 2007.