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ASUS Announces ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo Sound Card

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    ASUS today announced the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Xonar Phoebus Solo 7.1 PCI Express gaming sound card with precise positional audio and lifelike immersion for gamers. Xonar Phoebus Solo continues to exhibit the previous Xonar Phoebus hardware excellence, including clear 118 dB signal-to-noise ratio, a powerful 600 ohm headphones amplifier, Dolby Home Theater V4, and DTS UltraPC II surround sound.

    The ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo sound card features an EMI shield and exclusive ASUS Hyper Grounding technology that significantly reduce the detrimental effects of the electromagnetic interference present inside all desktop PCs. Hyper Grounding technology brings the considerable motherboard expertise of ASUS to audio products, with a multi-layer PCB and high-quality power supply that help eliminate electrical noise from nearby components, resulting in cleaner, less distorted audio. Together with the high-fidelity PCM1796 digital-to-analog converter, the ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo delivers clear and crisp sound with a 118dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which means gamers will hear and experience every audio detail.

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    Power for headphone users
    Many gamers play wearing headphones to avoid disturbing others and ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo is one of the few soundcards to use the top-flight TPA6120A2 with 600ohm impedance for superior sound clarity. Xonar Phoebus Solo also features Dolby Home Theater V4 audio enhancement for cinematic surround sound both with external speakers and headphones. Support for the new DTS UltraPC II audio technology also ensures superior audio quality for every PC application, including gaming, movie-watching and even internet telephone calls.

    Dedicated game profiles and Xonar Phoebus driver update
    Genre-optimized game audio profiles allow gamers to choose from four different audio presets with ROG Xonar Phoebus Solo. Profiles for first person shooters, real time strategy, role playing and racing stimulation games mean gamers can enjoy audio tuned specifically for the game their playing.

    Existing ROG Xonar Phoebus users can also enjoy upgraded audio gaming with the new genre-optimized gaming audio profiles and DTS UltraPC II suite via the Phoebus driver update.
     
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  2. Widjaja

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    ROG Xonar Phoebus!

    How could you not want this glorified sound card!
     
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    Is it any good? Does it need a power connector? Soundcard power connector screws with my cable management. ajajaja
     
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    Yeah, it's 6pin PCI-E though so not too bad.
     
  5. buggalugs

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    Yeow, maybe I could route it with my graphics card power cables hmmm.

    Or the creative titianium HD gets its power from the slot.
     
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    no thanks, their driver support is beyond bad.. switched back to creative today after years with the DX, NEVER AGAIN Asus, NEVER.
     
  7. WaroDaBeast

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    You're totally right.

    Seeing as I haven't had any of those updates for almost two years, I laughed when I read that part about "updated" drivers. Unless Asus radically change their stance on software support, I don't think I'll buy another sound card from them.
     
  8. TheHunter

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    So what's in it for me if i use 2.1 sound sys and prefer OpenAL and all those EAX juicy FX (older games)?


    Best option would be - Titanium HD top shit? :D
     
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    That what I have been wanting. I want a PCIe sound card.
     
  10. axis007

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    lol no updated xonar drivers hey... U clearly didn't look very hard. What, did you go to Asus support and couldn't find a driver and gave up...

    I have been using these drivers for bloody ages now, they are godlike!!!

    http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/


    I use these drivers on both my Xonar's, D2PM & D2X. The D2PM is in my music pc, wich is hooked up to my Pioneer DJM 850 mixer.

    The D2X is in my gaming rig & i love it sound is just amazing after owning the card for 5 years now.

    So saying there are no drivers is a load of BS. Seek & you shall find. :rockout:
     
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    If I had the money I would take out my X-Fi Extreme Music....

    Go over it with a hammer..

    Then repeatedly drive over it..

    Then burn it..

    Then throw away what remained in the non-recyclable bin..

    Then buy this ROG Xonar Phoebus..

    Then Be Happy.
     
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    did you try the Unified Drivers? Cause I never had a driver issue after switching
    http://maxedtech.com/asus-xonar-unified-drivers/
     
  13. RejZoR

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    Ppl say Creative is bad. Look at ASUS. They are rehashing exactly the same audio chip ever since they started with soundcards, their drivers are pathetic and ugly and they release them once or twice a decade. I'm not gonna say Creative is brilliant at that but at čeast they release them like twice a year. ANd what i hated the most was that buggy horrible GX mode which never worked right and crashed all the time. And 3D audio positioning in games was horrible.

    Besides, i've had many Creative cards and they were great. SB 128, SB Live!, SB Audigy 4 Value, SB X-Fi XM, X-Fi Forte (Auzentech) and now i've ordered SB Z. Never had any problems and the sound was superb, especially in games. So Creative is what i'll stick with.
     
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    You realize that he has nothing to do with asus right, and the maker of those drivers think exactly the same as we do, that asus have horrible driver support, and i have been using the uni xonar drivers since they got out, because without them, my DX was unuseable.

    No thanks bro, i think ill have. and i cant belive i ever had to say this... ill have to say im gonna go for the company with .. decent driver support, actually outright GOOD drivers on the SB Z series right now.
    Oh and for anyone wondering about the upgrade from DX to just the Z, its pretty big, specially in games.
     
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    sorry to break it to you, but creative driver is garbage.
     
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    You haven't seen ASUS software then...

    Creative ditched their decade old driver framework and replaced it with completely new framewor starting with Recon3D soundcards. SB Z are second generation and they use the same Recon3D framework which is much better. And the interface design is very good imo. The one on X-Fi wasn't bad but mode switching was kinda annoying even though i mostly just ued Gaming Mode for everything.
     
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    Sorry to break it to you bro, but i actually had a Xonar DX till yesterday, got a SB Z now, and the drivers are so much better, even compared to the UNi Xonar drivers, So.. troll/10
     
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    Same here. I even had the Essence STX which is still the highest spec'ed Xonar ever made and i didn't like it. Especially not the buggy, ugly and clumsy software.
     
  19. FreedomEclipse

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    went from a Xonar D2X, STX and used nothing but UNified drivers (brainbit) but i still found the experience very lacking specially when it came to gaming.

    I moved to an SB-Z about 2 months ago. couldnt be happier with it, though I do admit the drivers need a little tweaking. there are some issues when switching from analogue to DDL. The creative SB interface has a lot more options and settings then any Xonar driver package though 'SBX Pro Studio' (formerly known as CMSS-3D and XFi-Crystalizer) was implemented and sounded a lot better on the older XFi range of cards.


    Creative's driver issues died many years back
     

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