|Hardware Interface||PCI Express x4|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Audio Output Mode||Surround|
|Speaker Surround Sound Channel Configuration||7.1|
|Signal To Noise Ratio||116 dB|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Supports Bluetooth Technology||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Product Dimensions||13 x 19 x 2.2 cm; 500 Grams|
|Item Weight||500 g|
|Item Model Number||FBA_SOAR_WOWGAMEBUNDLE|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||1 September 2017|
Asus Strix Soar 7.1 Gaming Soundcard
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|Hardware interface||PCI Express x4|
|Audio output mode||Surround|
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- 90YB00J0 M1UA00
- Sensational surround for stereo headphones
- Integrated headphone amplifier
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7.1 PCIe gaming sound card with an audiophile-grade DAC and 116dB SNR
-116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and audiophile-grade DAC:Enjoy high-fidelity, immersive sound
-Sonic Studio utility: Take full control over loads of sound technologies via an intuitive, one-page interface
-Sonic Radar Pro: Lets you pinpoint the exact location of in-game sounds and enhances critical audio details like enemy footsteps for an aural advantage
-600ohm headphone amplifier: For enhanced bass and clear, detailed sound
SHARPEN YOUR HEARING
Strix Soar is a gaming sound card built with high-performance components to satisfy gamers who demand pure, full-sounding audio. Strix Soar features rich, immersive, and clear sound with an incredible 116dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and a 600ohm headphone amplifier for deep, tight bass. The simple yet powerful Sonic Studio sound utility provides complete sound card control and allows easy in-game audio adjustments.
TOTAL AUDIO CONTROL
Take complete control of your audio with Sonic Studio
Strix Soar features the latest Sonic Studio software suite for full control over every sound technology, from equalization (EQ) to 7.1-speaker level-balancing. Sonic Studio has a single navigation page that puts everything in front of you, with an intuitive point-and-click interface that allows you to pre-set audio profiles to suit different audio requirements.
Gain the gaming edge with Sonic Radar Pro!
Modern games are more than graphics precise audio positioning gives gamers a distinct edge over enemies. That's why Strix Soar includes Sonic Radar Pro, an ASUS exclusive technology that visualizes and enhances in-game sounds, giving you a vital edge in first-person shooters.
Fire up your favorite game and Sonic Radar Pro displays a radar' HUD (heads-up display) that pinpoints in-game actions
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Crystal clear audio
Surprisingly accurate surround emulation
Clean & Easy to use Control Panel
Drivers are sensitive to DPC latency - Anything that causes too much Processor load will cause pops and crackles and the drivers struggle to keep up
Very sensitive to external devices - Further interference was caused originally by a Headphone Amplifier I was using before, it seems anything that feeds power back into the card will cause noise.
Asus Driver Support is slow, at best.
Not everyone will have an available PCI-E 6-Pin connector, and the card does not include a Molex to 6-pin conversion cable.
I purchased this card to replace my previous Asus Xonar DX, which was on it's way out, thinking i'd be getting much of the same, indeed, the Specification of the Strix was near identical to that of the Xonar DX, but after spending some time with the card in a variety of using scenarios; I can honestly say it's better.
Having run a wide variety of music through it both over SPDIF to my Speakers and to my HD518 headphones: The sound is very clear, giving a nice wide range, but staying fairly neutral without any enhancements applied, Bass is clearer and more defined than with the Xonar DX and Left/Right channel separation is better, giving a better listening experience, notably; songs that use Binaural audio sound even better on the Strix Soar than they did on the DX it replaced.
In games, arguably the area where Asus is aiming the Strix, it definitely excels, while the emulated surround system is a little tricker to setup than the Dolby Surround emulation on the DX: The end result is much better, footsteps and positional audio is very clear and precise, and it's a lot more tweakable to suit how you prefer your audio, rather than the generic "DH1/DH2/DH3" settings on the DX.
The only issue I had (Beyond fishing out an extra cable to run it) was the noise being introduced, which I ultimately resolved, but it still seems that anything that hits DPC latency too much, or simply loads the processor too heavily, will cause audio issues.
Of note to people who can't figure out how to get the card to output in desired SPDIF formats; Those are found in Windows Sound Options / Recording Devices / Strix SPDIF Out - Right click on that, hit Properties and find the "Supported Formats" tab, in there you can state which audio formats and sample rates the connected device can manage. (Giving you the option of outputting Dolby Digital, DTS Audio & Windows WMA Pro Audio alongside the default PCM output, with Sample Rates ranging from 44.1khz through to 192 khz)
On the whole; Now that I've figured out what makes the card tick and had some time to customise the audio settings to my preference; It's an exceptional card, I can't give it a caveat free recommendation due to the little issues with Noise in system intensive moments, but it's a great card and it does exactly what it needs to, and definitely learns from the mistakes of previous products Asus have released.
To be fair with Asus, I did not use this sound card on the way that it was designed for-->Gaming, but more to listen at music and some occasionaly game.
To begin, the sound quality on this card quite immense, you can quite easily put the volume at 100% and hear no noise from the audio - only that of the recording. The 192000Hz sample rate and the 24bit accuracy is simply incredible.
Additionally, once the drivers are installed, you can manipulate settings on the card such as EQ and surround sound. The drivers offer the ability to clarify voices, boost bass and even add a compressor. However, I have found that the bass boost and the voice clarifier appears just to be a preset EQ function.
At this point, the rest of the functions become gimmicks. The driver, for someone who simply wants clean audio, is just a fancy display to control what could be done through the Windows control panel.
I could only find one downside with this card. It claims to power 600ohm headphones but it just manages to produce anything loud with my 50ohm headphones. I sit most of the time with the volume at 50 to 60% but when I want to really indulge in the experience of listening, I have to crank the volume up to 100% to get something only moderately loud. Don't get me wrong, this card can drive some good headphones with some incredible dynamics. But relative to what you might be used to, it's probably lacking a bit. This, though, really is only a minor disadvantage to a truly great sound card.
An net search realed numerous instances of the driver software not working on Win10.
This is a discontinue product on the Asus site so assistance is limited.
Also, be aware that you will need a 6-pin PSU power lead for this card.