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ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB

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A sound card or audio board allows computers to play and record sound. If you have a 5.1 or 7.1 audio board, you can connect your computer to your home cinema set for the real cinema experience, with full surround sound, whilst playing games or viewing DVDs.
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Long product name ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB :
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ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB:
The official marketing text of ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB as supplied by the manufacturer

The Best Portable PC Audio Upgrade Solution for Laptops or Desktops
- Stylish design & crisp clear audio quality.
- Complete audio technologies from Dolby Studio.
- EAX and DirectSound HW Support.
- High quality headphone amplifier.
- Advanced array microphone bundled.

Stylish External Processor

Crisp Clear & Gaming Audio Support
Xonar U1 transcodes any stereo source into Dolby Headphone, Virtual Speaker, and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital & Pro-Logic II surround sound. It also supports DirectSound, EAX, OpenAL for best gaming in Windows Vista and XP.

High Fidelity Headphone Amp

For High End Headphone Enjoyments
Xonar U1’s built-in high-fidelity headphone amplifier achieves best listening quality with most stereo headphones (8~150 ohms @ >10mWx2):

THD+N<0.005% @ 47mW x2/32ohms
THD+N<0.006% @ 88mW x2/16ohms

Dolby Home Theater Technologies

High Quality Audio From Dolby
Xonar U1 tanscodes stereo audio source into Dolby Headphone, Virtual Speaker, and even 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and Pro-Logic II surround sound output.

Best for VoIP
The bundled advanced Array MIC technology can suppress ambient noises for up-to-20 dB, leaving only front-side clear voice for VOIP applications (Skype, MSN, Google, QQ, etc.) or online gaming.

Short summary description ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB:
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ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black, 5.1 channels, 32 bit, 100 dB, USB

Long summary description ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB:
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ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black. Audio output channels: 5.1 channels, Audio quality: 32 bit, Line-out Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 100 dB. Host interface: USB. Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.0045%. Audio system maximum sampling rate: 48 kHz

Audio
Internal *
The product is built in.
No
Audio output channels *
An audio output channel is an electric circuit which acts as a path for a signal produced by a device. A device may have several audio output channels.
5.1 channels
Audio quality *
32 bit
Line-out Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) *
This is the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of the line out (output) of the device. The SNR is defined as the ratio of signal power to the noise power, often expressed in decibels. A ratio higher than 1:1 (greater than 0 dB) indicates more signal than noise.
100 dB
Audio system maximum sampling rate
48 kHz
Ports & interfaces
Host interface *
Interface that enables a host controller to communicate with a driver.
USB
Headphone outputs
Number of sockets /ports where headphones are connected.
1
Microphone in
The socket where a microphone is connected to the device.
Yes
Features
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Total harmonic distortion is a measure of non-linear harmonic distortion and is given in %. Non-linear harmonic distortions are signals which were not present in the original before the signal was converted by the headphones. These unwanted signals are caused by the diaphragm, whose movements do not precisely move in time with the electric signals that cause it to move. Unfortunately, this is a feature of all electroacoustic transducers. Although it cannot be completely eliminated, suitable steps can be taken to minimise it. However, the user is not interested in why this distortion takes place but in how great the level of distortion must be for it to become perceptible. According to the findings of several research projects, a total harmonic distortion of 1% in the frequency range of 100 to 2000 Hz is imperceptible. Below 100 Hz, the perceptibility threshold lies at 10%.
0.0045%
Packaging content
Handheld remote control
Component of an electronics device, most commonly a television set, DVD player and home theater systems originally used for operating the device wirelessly from a short line-of-sight distance.
No
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Reviews
Updated:
2011-09-25 16:38:37
Uk has collected 10 expert reviews for ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 channels USB and the average expert rating is 73 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Uk to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
73%
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Nl heeft 10 proffesionele recensies verzameld voor ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 kanalen USB. Het gemiddelde van deze proffesionele recensies is 73 van de 100. De gemiddelde score geeft aan hoe profesionals dit product waarderen. Klik hieronder om naar testseek te gaan en voor alle productbeoordelingen, -testen en -conclusies.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Fr a recueilli 10 avis d’experts pour ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 canaux USB et la note moyenne est de 73 sur 100. Le score moyen reflète l’avis de la communauté des experts sur ce produit. Cliquez sur l’onglet ci-dessous et utilisez Testseek pour voir les notes, les prix de produits et les conclusions.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
De hat 10 Expertenmeinungen über ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 Kanäle USB eingeholt. Das duchschnittliche Epertenrating ist 73 von 100. Die durchschnittlich erreichte Punktezahl gibt die Meinung der Expertencommunity über das Produkt wieder. Klicken Sie unten und nutzen Sie Testseek um alle Beurteilungen, Produktauszeichnungen und Schlussfolgerungen sehen zu können.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Testseek ha raccolto 10 recensioni da parte di esperti per ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 canali USB e la valutazione media da parte degli esperti è di 73 su 100. Tale media riflette l’opinione della comunità degli esperti circa questo prodotto. Fate clic qui sotto e usate Testseek per visualizzare tutte le valutazioni, i premi ricevuti dal prodotto e le conclusioni.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Es ha coleccionado 10 opiniones de expertos para ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 canales USB y la calificación media es 73 de 100. El promedio de la calificación refleja la opinión de la comuniudad de los expertos referente a este producto. Haga click abajo y use Testseek para poder ver todas las calificaciones, galardones y conclusiones del producto.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Dk har samlet 10 ekspertanmeldelser for ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 kanaler USB og den gennemsnitlige ekspertbedømmelse er 73 af 100. Den gennemsnitlige score reflekterer ekspertpanelets opfattelse af dette produkt. Klik nedenfor og brug Dk for at se alle bedømmelser, produkter og konklusioner.
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Se har samlat in 10 experttester för ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station, black 5.1 kanaler USB och det genomsnittliga betyget är 73 av 100. Det genomsnittliga betyget reflekterar experternas samlade syn på denna produkt. Klicka nedanför och använd Se för att se alla betyg, utmärkelser och kommentarer.
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mobilecomputermag.co.uk
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
If a review of the Asus Xonar U1 USB Audio Station isn’t quite what you expected to see after searching for “big knobs for laptops”, then we’re sorry to have misled you with this Google-baiting sentence. The Xonar is indeed a big knob for laptops, but...
Good Stereo performance; desktop volume control...
Bad DSP modes; price...
Bottom line A simple and effective way to improve a laptops onboard audio, but the Xonar U1 would benefit from a lower price or more effective DSP modes...
67%
goodgearguide.com.au
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2011-11-04 03:14:08
One rarely needs to buy a dedicated sound card these days. The integrated sound chips in most notebooks and PCs are more than adequate for listening to music and watching movies. However, if the sound from an older computer is below average, or you wan...
Good It works on USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 computers, the physical volume knob and mute button is very convenient, it supports EAX and DirectSound APIs for gaming...
Bad 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 The Final Word If youre after a new sound card, the Xonar U1 is a decent choice -- itll eve...
Bottom line If youre after a new sound card, the Xonar U1 is a decent choice -- itll even work on computers that have ancient USB 1.1 ports. However, its sound quality wasnt always perfect during our tests, and longer cables wouldve been beneficial.
70%
aphnetworks.com
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2014-11-28 02:44:04
As far as laptops go, lately its gotten as close as it would get to desktop performance in all but one area: Sound. For a while now, Ive been looking around for a decent USB audio solution for my mobile computer -- and most of them are either impract...
71%
planetx64.com
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
When Asus entered the sound card market they knew they were going to be up against some serious competition. Creative Labs has dominated the market for so long that only truly great product would be able to keep pace. We saw this with the D2 and now we...
0%
trustedreviews.com
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
The Asus Xonar D2 was widely considered to be a successful entry into the sound card market for Asus, offering a powerful multi-purpose card designed to appeal to both gamers and budget music production. Following on from this debut, Asus has released its...
Bottom line While it looks and sounds reasonable, there's no real stand-out feature on the Asus Xonar U1 USB AudioStation. The USB audio card market is already well served, and quick search on eBuyer shows a USB card for just £11 that has many of the same features...
70%
futurelooks.com
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Life with a laptop doesn’t usually come without some sacrifices when it comes to performance. We give up the powerful graphics, faster hard drives, and faster processors in exchange for portability. Not to mention, laptops are typically much more diff...
Bottom line With high end graphics being the center of attention, even in the mobile computing space, audio seems to have taken a backseat. I’m pleased to see ASUS taking steps to bring up the level of audio quality with their new line of products. No longer wi...
90%
techgage.com
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
ASUS recently jumped into the computer audio arena in a big way with the release of their Xonar D2 (and now D2X PCI-E). Rory took that card for a spin a few months ago and was left thoroughly impressed. In addition to offering fantastic audio reproduc...
Good Good music listening experience. I heard new things in my music!, Small package, easily portable, Tactile feedback from the volume control, SPDIF output with Dolby Digital encoding, Included array mic for lower noise...
Bad The top doesnt feel as solid as Id like, The Dolby effects are a bit overblown, Clipping at high volume levels in headphone mode, Drivers dont like to play nice with Windows during install, Short USB cable, The Xonar U1 is a decent little device that come...
Bottom line Test System CPU: X2 3800+ @ 2750Mhz Motherboard: ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe RAM: 2 x 1GB PC4400 Corsair XMS Pro @ 275Mhz Video: EVGA 7950GT SuperClocked in SLI @ 626 Core, 780 Mem Hard Drives: Seagate 500GB 7200.9 SATA II, Western Digital WD1600JB 160GB SA...
70%
everythingusb.com
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2011-09-25 16:38:37
Unless you're prepared to lay out a significant chunk of change for a higher-end laptop with a brand-name sound card, chances are your mobile computing solution has the hardware to play sounds and music, but offers nothing particularly interesting: no...
Good Nifty, easy to understand design, Uses a number of powerful sound technologies, Excellent sound processing abilities, Surround sound in movies and games, Could serve as a sound card for gaming, Array microphone for VoIP or online gaming...
Bad No min. & max. setting on the volume wheel, Needs an adapter for analog surround speakers, DSP Mode settings aren't editable, Software doesn't associate settings with programs...
Bottom line Attractive, portable, and easy to use, with clean sound reproduction, DSP processors that add new dimensions to the music, and surround sound that makes any pair of headphones into a capable home theater system, the Xonar U1 USB Audio Station is an exc...
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virtual-hideout.net
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2014-11-28 02:44:04
Audio is often the forgotten child of PCs. With the glamour and glitz of multi-core CPUs and high-end video cards dominating the landscape, most users usually settle for the built-in audio offered by most motherboards. And, why not? Often, its good...
Bottom line The Xonar U1 USB Audio Station ended up surprising me. Since all laptops come with built-in sound solutions, you might wonder about the need for an external unit like the Xonar, like I did. However, the Xonar has the advantage of offering an optical S...
0%
vr-zone.com
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2016-12-27 15:39:00
Following the release of the Xonar D2, Asus has launched the Xonar U1 USB soundcard. Touted as the best Portable PC Audio Upgrade Solution for Laptops and Desktops, it promises clear and crisp audio over built-in audio in laptops and desktops by isola...
Bottom line In conclusion, Asus definitely has a unique and interesting audio solution at hand here. Its capability to bring 5.1 audio support (through optical), 3D sound and more importantly, Dolby Digital technologies to laptop users is certainly a boon for mo...
70%
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