ASUS Introduces Xonar U7 USB soundcard and headphone amplifier

ASUS today announces the availability of the ASUS Xonar U7 USB soundcard and headphone amplifier in Singapore. It is powered by USB and it offers strong and immersive 7.1-channel performance. To be available at end-May 2013 with the RRP of S$149.

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Here is the specs.

Audio Performance

  • Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) (Front-out) :
  • 114 dB
  • Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted) :
  • 110 dB
  • Output THD+N at 1kHz (Front-out) :
  • >0.0006 %(104 dB)
  • Frequency Response (-3dB, 24bit/96KHz input) :
  • 10 Hz to 46 KHz
  • Output/Input Full-Scale Voltage :
  • Unbalanced Output : 1 Vrms (2.828 Vp-p)
  • Headphone : 1.3 Vrms (3.677 Vp-p)

 

Bus Compatibility

  • USB

Chipset

  • Audio Processor :C-Media 6632A High-Performance Sound Processor (Max. 192KHz/24bit)
  • Sample Rate and Resolution
  • Analog Playback Sample Rate and Resolution :
  • 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
  • Analog Recording Sample Rate and Resolution :
  • 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
  • S/PDIF Digital Output :
  • 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit
  • ASIO Driver Support :
  • 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/176.4K/192KHz @ 16bit/24bit

 

Connectivity

Analog Output

  • 4 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8″) (Headphone out /Side out/Center-Subwoofer out/Rear out)
  • 2 x RCA (Un-Balanced) (Front out)
  • Analog Input
  • 1 x 3.5 mm jack (1/8″) (Line-in/ Mic-in combo)

 

Digital

  • 1 x S/PDIF out (1 x Coaxial)
  • Special Features
  • Dolby® Technologies : Dolby® Home Theater v4
  • Operating System
  • Windows® 8 , 32bit/64bit
  • Windows 7 , 32bit/64bit
  • Windows XP , 32bit/64bit

 

Accessories

  • S/PDIF adaptor x 1
  • USB cable x 1
  • Driver CD x 1
  • User manual x 1

Official Information

ASUS Introduces the Xonar U7 USB Soundcard and Headphone Amplifier

Compact USB-powered device provides 7.1-channel surround and high definition 192kHz/24-bit sound for desktops and notebooks

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

SRP: $149 SGD

Availability: End May 2013

ASUS today announced the compact Xonar U7 USB external soundcard and headphone amplifier, which offers powerful and clear 114dB SNR audio with USB convenience. It incorporates a headphone amplifier, Dolby® Home Theater v4 support, plus dedicated microphone and volume controls.

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Xonar U7 serves the needs of PC gamers who want to enjoy strong and clear sound via headphones, and is also ideal for listening to music as it produces much more impactful and detailed audio than onboard hardware. Connecting via USB, it requires no standalone power supply and works instantly setup-free with no need to open the PC case.

Powerful sound from a compact and portable device

While other USB audio devices leave out hardware features in order to maintain a small form factor and are typically only capable of 5.1-channel surround due to limited power supply, Xonar U7 engineering overcomes these constraints to offer strong and immersive 7.1-channel performance.

The signal to noise ratio, or SNR, stands at 114dB thanks to meticulous hardware design and component selection. Xonar U7 produces clear audio, driven by the high quality Cirrus Logic® CS4398 DAC (digital to analog converter).

Exclusive ASUS Hyper Grounding PCB fabrication ensures strong signal insulation to reduce distortion and interference, also known as component crosstalk.

Gaming audio advantage and music enjoyment

The integrated headphone amplifier allows customers to make the most of premium gaming headsets, exceeding the often flat and underpowered performance offered by onboard audio. With stronger headphone performance plus precise and pronounced sound positioning, players can hear opponents and game effects and events clearly. New Dolby® Home Theater v4 provides immersive surround and enhanced in-game voice quality. These contribute to more rewarding and realistic gaming experiences.

User-friendly design

Xonar U7 connects to PCs via USB. It also gets power directly from the USB port, removing the need for a power adapter. Combined with its compact dimensions, these turn Xonar U7 into a highly portable audio-enhancer that can be easily carried and placed anywhere.

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Dedicated controls allow gamers to quickly adjust master and microphone volume without pausing games or going into software menus, ensuring uninterrupted action. The master volume controls double as a clickable switch for selecting between headphone input (front panel) and speakers (back panel).

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion

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