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Asustek Computer this week announced the compact Xonar U7 USB external audio procesor 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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I hope it has some memory inside to store the user settings and a very nice set of equalizing software tools that functions in both Linux and Windows. Every headphone needs a finely tuned equalizer fit for that headphone in particular after all. No headphone is created equal.

(has a very finely tuned 15 band pulseaudio-equalizer config for his Linux PC and expensive headphones)
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This should help gamers to become deaf a little faster.
0 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/18/13 06:39:31 AM]
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Sound cards and proper headphones have nothing to do with becoming deaf.

A higher SNR gives a clearer sound, and headphone amps really help with the sound quality of high end headphones. Low quality output sources like onboard realtek chips distort audio frequency response by quite a bit in conjunction with the already distorted frequency response of headphones.

You are more likely to go deaf if you don't use proper sound equipment and have a poorly tuned equalizer (which properly balances all the frequencies so nothing is too loud or too quiet). A perfect example is when watching a video and many sounds seem too quiet, but people's voices are too loud. One becomes uncertain about whether they want to increase volume, decrease it, or increase and decrease volume often during playback.

http://nwavguy.blogspot.c...dphone-amp-impedance.html
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