Asus Xonar D2 sound quality put to the test

Last month, the folks at VR-Zone laid their hands on one of Asus' Xonar D2 sound cards and put together a brief review of the product, comparing it to Creative's X-Fi Elite Pro. At the time, we commented that it was still unclear how the Asus card actually sounded compared to the X-Fi. Well, the VR-Zone guys have now made up for their initial omission by pitting the Xonar D2 against six other sound cards from Auzentech, Creative, Audiotrak, and Tokyo Style in a group listening test.

According to VR-Zone's findings, the Creative cards fare the worst, and the Xonar seems to be among the better performers. The card reportedly offers a "much better" sound stage and separation than other offerings, and the resulting sound is said to be more detailed. However, the card's mid-range "seems to be lacking a little," and some of VR-Zone's testers believe audiophiles will prefer the Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 XT.

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