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Stereo Crosstalk please try and disregard the anomalous sideways-jutting spikes What is probably the most visually prevalent is the 's teal line, but that isn't necessarily a good thing mind you.

My initial assumption was that it had something to do with the typical noisy nature of the Switch-Mode Power Supply topology in computer power supplies, despite being tested in the same system as the Xonar products. All of that aside, the results don't as easily tell us that which the ear does. Worthy of mention is something that ASUS Xonar U3 Audio inherited across all the motherboards and their onboard sound chips I've encountered, that being the high pitched whine which is picked up when moving the mouse around.


It is absent in the U3, even when using earphones. A very useful read on the subject of headphone impedance and what it means can be found at the here a the Head-Fi Wiki Listening tests were conducted ASUS Xonar U3 Audio the two aforementioned products: Music genres used may not exactly be the broadest selection, but the intent was to go after music that ASUS Xonar U3 Audio was familiar with, particularly when it came to how it sounded on an onboard device. The music player used for these tests was Foobar v1.

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Similarly, the Xonar Audio Center was left to default settings. In these two tracks the U3 has no problems coping with the gritty industrial inspired sounds, the quick hits of the percussion instruments and Trent Reznor's voice. When listened to on the onboard solution it is immediately noticeable that the codec is forced to sacrifice highs and mids in an effort to produce enough "oomph" to drive even the IEMs. This fact especially noticed in "The Line Begins ASUS Xonar U3 Audio Blur" where the beginning is a combination of an intentionally very distorted electronic bass hit that we find the dropping vocals during every thud, not something that occurs during playback through the U3.

This album is a bit of a mixed bag, being primarily consisting of 'unplugged' versions of tracks from The Fragile, recorded at Reznor's home-studio back when he lived in New Orleans. Yet it is also inclusive of a few new tracks which are only found on Still, but are instead full studio tracks and not the same 'unplugged' style. The U3 offers a bit more detail in the keystrokes, and when the guitar kicks in at just after the 4minute mark is where the U3 offers a far more crisp listening experience. It further leaves the onboard solution in the dust at the 5: It picks up where the previous unplugged track left off, where the recording has picked up in the background that it is now raining outside.

This leads immediately into a solo guitar with Reznor signing, followed by bass guitar and piano. ASUS Xonar U3 Audio plucking of guitar strings and their individual reverb are well defined by the U3, which if I were a musician I could no doubt pick out which string and note were being played. The track "Air War" was picked due to the wide range frequencies used, which I feel helps indicate any weak points in the sound card.


ASUS Xonar U3 Audio When combined with the plastic body, the lightweight U3 feels a little, well, cheap. Maybe that's my disdain for glossy plastics talking. In any case, the shiny black finish is yet another fingerprint magnet, and it comes from a company that we thought had learned its lesson with notebooks.

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A textured or matte exterior would be far more appropriate for something that's likely to be handled with frequency. If I had my way, the U3 would be wrapped in a sturdy layer of brushed metal. The U3 does have a flash of aesthetic flair in the form of two LED-backlit accent grills. Thankfully, the blue LEDs glow softly when the U3 ASUS Xonar U3 Audio plugged in, and the grill diffuses much of the light they emit.

Want a hint about how good the U3 sounds? I couldn't bear to fracture the plastic body to snap pictures of the hardware inside. Every Xonar we've seen has used variations of C-Media silicon, and this particular example has been tuned to Asus' specifications. Unfortunately, the UA only supports resolutions and sampling rates up to 16 bits and 48kHz, respectively—standard-definition audio, in other words. The headphone amp makes a lot of sense given the U3's notebook aspirations; virtually all of the audio that comes out of my notebook is fed through a pair of headphones. Removing the U3's plastic cap reveals a male USB plug and little else of ASUS Xonar U3 Audio.

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A thin leash ensures that you won't lose the cap, which can always be taken off entirely. Having the extra piece jangle around ASUS Xonar U3 Audio a little annoying, making me wish the U3 used some kind of slider mechanism to protect its lone appendage. When plugged into a system, the U3 becomes the appendage. Separating analog audio signals from system-level noise is part of what helps discrete solutions sound better than integrated solutions.


With a PC expansion card, you're lifting audio hardware away from the hum of activity on the motherboard. The Xonar U3 does one better by taking everything outside the chassis completely.

To further reduce noise interference, the U3 features a "Hyper-Grounding design" that Asus says is the key to its sound quality. This Xonar-exclusive feature isn't found on competing USB audio solutions, the firm claims. Turn your NB into a personal Hi-Fi center with Xonar U3. Get a BIG UPGRADE from USB audio with Xonar U3's crisp and clear sound ASUS Xonar U3 Audio music, movie, gaming.

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