Rotating the knob will affect the master volume control in Windows, while pressing it will mute the sound. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. This audio device is clearly aimed at the discerning audio enthusiast who would like to add modern audio technologies to their PC laptop or HTPC. Because all of these options with the exception of the key shift work in conjunction with the input from the microphone, you can use them when talking via VoIP or when gaming online, too. Would you buy this?

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Array Mic and headphones plugged into the Xonar U1, plugged in turn into the host computer. Second, users with analog surround speakers may find themselves slightly out of luck, because while digital surround speaker systems use one connection to get data for all 6 or 8 speakers, analog systems have — at minimum — three inputs for a 5.

Like the sound card’s USB cable, the cable attached to the microphone is very short. Feeling like relaxing a bit after a long day? While the Xonar U1 module is a plug and play device that requires no additional drivers to operate, the unit also comes with a mixer utility called the Xonar U1 Audio Center that installs into the Windows program bar whenever you asu in the module. For an additional surround sound test, sonar to see how the Xonar did in a gaming environment, I u11 a single player game of Battlefield and played around with the surround settings a bit more as I battled against computer-controlled soldiers.

However, if the sound from an older computer is below average, or you want a little more than stereo sound, then the ASUS Xonar Auss is an enticing choice. Feniks Essence Speakers Review. The sound quality from the card was clear and crisp during our tests, for the most part, using Sennheiser MX90 ear buds, and a little louder than the sound from the standard audio chips in our test notebooks.


This supposedly keeps the audio clean and clear. For multi-speaker home-theatre sound, the optical output can be connected to an amplifier, as long as you have a suitable cable.

Also, this compact solution has the ability to quickly add high end audio technologies to HTPC users. Simplicity itself is the idea behind the U1 and it looks like it has the hardware potential to back it up. As for quality, it’s decent for Internet applications, such as Skype, but not for applications asuss voice needs to be heard back instantaneously.

Future versions of the software should make editing and saving new versions of the DSP modes possible. Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more. Only headphones or a set of powered speakers can be used, which grab the output from the Xonar’s headphone port.

Razer Introduces Nommo Speaker Aaus. Echoing was also evident, and we couldn’t remedy this. With the release of their formidable Xonar line of sound cards ASUS became a serious contender in the PC audio industry and offered yet another choice for audio enthusiasts who are looking for state of the art audio hardware.

ASUS Xonar U1 Review

Two things that ASUS should consider revising: Cons Its USB and microphone cables are too short, no visual volume indicator, microphone produced a lot of echo, some distortion was evident during low frequencies. Ransomware has been one of the most prolific malware families for years, generating financial losses for targeted users and organizations, as well as significant revenue for cybercriminals.


This makes the Xonar an ideal upgrade for old notebooks and PCs, especially since it doesn’t require users to venture under the hood of their PCs.

Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. Listening Tests – 8: The sound can be customised further through the ‘Effect’ section of the utility, which has a band equaliser, as well as xonqr presets to choose from. This isn’t the case with the U1, which features only two outputs for headphones and a microphone.

Likewise, we didn’t have any issues using it under Windows XP or Windows Vista; the supplied drivers and utility software worked a treat under both environments.

Xonar U1 | ASUS

The microphone is an interesting piece of technology by itself: Right now, the volume knob has an unlimited spin; the minimum and maximum settings correspond roughly to the position of the top-mounted LED around the outer circumference between the headphone and microphone ports. Indeed, the Karaoke function in the software utility didn’t work too well while we sang along to Bohemian Rhapsody — there was a delay before the voice was heard through the speakers. For music, these aren’t suitable as they make songs sound hollow and distant, but for watching movies, they are great.

Xoonar base has two ports: Many external sound devices still have uzb plethora of outputs that can confuse and frustrate typical PC users.