Echoing was also evident, and we couldn’t remedy this. Rather than forcing users to convert their 5. Great features and good sound, but fills a narrow niche Great features and good sound, but fills a narrow niche by Ty Pendlebury. Rotating the knob will affect the master volume control in Windows, while pressing it will mute the sound. The PC will need to be close to the decoder unless you want to use an expensive extended length toslink cable or you use a USB extension cable to place the U1 closer to the decoder. Lenovo has found people buy its Qualcomm-powered always-connected PCs more for their long battery life than the fact they’re always connected.

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ASUS Xonar U1 Review: – PC Components – Sound Cards – PC World Australia

A comment on the Dolby Headphone feature and music: The base has two ports: System Requirements OS Required. Opening the box flap did I neglect to mention there being a flap on the front of the box?

Gaming by Lori Grunin Dec 13, While the Xonar U1 module is a plug and play device that requires no additional drivers to operate, the unit also comes with a xoonar utility called the Xonar U1 Audio Center that installs into the Windows program bar whenever you plug in the module.

The tape on the flap illustrates that the flaps are a royal pain in the old posterior to open.

TV and Movies by Joan E. Feeling like relaxing a bit after a long day? Own a notebook and not impressed with the onboard sound solution?


The Array Mic has a secondary function: 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.

Portable Music Processor Lite: How impressive could USB audio be? Gaming by Lori Grunin Dec 13, In addition to offering fantastic audio reproduction and low distortion, it included a great software akdio and was well presented.

Asus Xonar U1 Audio Station Sound Card (silver) Overview – CNET

For music, these aren’t suitable as they make songs sound hollow and distant, but for watching movies, they are great. Phones by Shara Tibken Dec 5, 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.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. TV and Movies by Joan E. It was fun trying though.

ASUS Xonar U1 Audio Station – sound card Series

It’s important to note that when this card is plugged into a notebook, the notebook’s built-in speakers can’t be used. Yes, stereo recording Driver Features Operation System: Pros It works on USB 1. 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.


Opening the box reveals that the U1 is bundled away pretty securely, at least it should survive some less than TLC during shipping. This is on top of the fact that the U1 is made with a solid metal shell and has a non-skid rubber foot.

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.

Hardware Controls And Indicators. 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 is an excellent product.

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. Audio Output Sound Output Mode. However, if the sound from an older computer is below average, or you want a little more than stereo sound, then the ASUS Xonar U1 is an enticing choice.

As for quality, it’s decent for Internet applications, such as Skype, but not for applications where voice needs to be heard back instantaneously.