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ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card Review

nVidia_Freak    -   July 10, 2011
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Conclusion:

My experience with the Xonar U3 really showed how far average sound card technology has progressed. The fact that one piece of the chain toward very good sound quality can be had for under $100 and in such a small package is absolutely brilliant. Lack of bloated drivers thanks to the small footprint of the Xear3D drivers means there aren't any system slowdowns. The amount of Dolby tech, this is an ideal candidate for any mobile gamers and movie watchers. A lack of native ASIO support might scratch this one off the list of considerations if the best sound quality possibly is a concern, but the overall sound is very clear and enjoyable. The only truly annoying things that should be agreed upon no matter who's asked, is that the glossy paint is easy to mar, and the two LEDs that are in the perfect spot for volume control buttons, aren't. For approximately $55 the Xonar U3 USB sound card can be yours. For what it offers and at that price, there's no reason - especially for mobile users - not to grab it.

 

Pros:

  • Lean Xear3D drivers
  • Various Dolby technologies at a comparatively low price
  • Surprisingly clear sound
  • Compact size

 

Cons:

  • No native ASIO support
  • DAC only supports up to 16-bit/48kHz
  • No volume control buttons
  • Glossy paint blemishes easily


 

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  3. Installation & Driver Setup
  4. Testing
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