ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio Soundscape -- World’s first PCI-Express audio card Xonar D2X and the smallest USB audio station Xonar U1 revitalize gaming audio and simplify home theater upgrades --
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) – Adding to the success of the company’s entry into PC audio, ASUS®, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world’s first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1. The Xonar D2X is the first sound card in the industry to address the audio challenge for gaming under the Windows Vista® environment by utilizing ASUS DirectSound® 3D GX (DS3D GX) technology and the Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology for clarified voice. The external Xonar U1 is the smallest USB Digital-Analog Converter (DAC) to sport a slick industrial design, an intuitive, tactile user interface and Dolby® Technology to deliver a home theater audio experience on any PC or notebook. The U1 is available immediately through ASUS authorized dealers in North America. The D2X will be available mid-December. “We recognize the importance of premium sound quality as an integral part of an ultimate multimedia experience. To reach users in the desktop and the mobile segments, our engineers developed these two solutions that will surely change the way people perceive PC audio,” said Paul Chen, product manager of graphics and audio products at ASUS Computer International.
The Ultimate Solution for Windows Vista Gaming AudioTo meet the discerning demands of PC gamers when using the Windows Vista operating system, ASUS engineered the new Xonar D2X from the ground up to resolve the lack of support for surround sound or hardware accelerated Direct3D® and EAX®. Xonar D2X utilizes an ASUS exclusive technology – the new DirectSound 3D GX extension which resides in the audio driver; to translate DirectX® signals to DS3D GX. DS3D GX fully supports surround sound and hardware accelerated features, and does not require special downloads or game support. Upon installation of the sound card, gamers can enjoy DirectX gaming with hardware enhanced sound and EAX efforts right out of the box...
Does that mean that those features are Vista exclusive? Can the users of XP expect the same features or is it DirectX 10 exclusive.
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