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Asus Xonar U3 Reviews
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"ASUS tackles lackluster sound quality in note- and netbooks with the Xonar U3, a small USB audio card."
"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 make this makes this 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."
"Sure, the Dolby virtual offerings may not be up to everyone's tastes, and that's understandable. I don't see myself ever using them, but they are there if I ever did find a situation where it worked nicely. Alternatively, it can function as a simple USB S/PDIF Digital Audio device, which it includes TOSLink adapter as well. Currently the Xonar U3 can be found for around $40 online and with free shipping at most places. It's intention isn't to bring audiophile quality to your laptop, ASUS has the Xonar Essence One for that, but you seriously won't be disappointed by what you will get!"
"Still, I'm left wanting. The U3 may be a great value, but I'd be inclined to pay more for something with a nicer casing, better sound quality, and the ability to handle HD audio streams. Whether that can be achieved without sacrificing the U3's portability and minimal power consumption remains to be seen. A casual browsing of the fancier USB DACs on the market reveals a lot of designs that are substantially bigger than the Xonar, and I'm not seeing a lot of support for positional audio, speaker virtualization, or Dolby Digital Live encoding."