ASUS Announces Xonar U7 MKII External Sound Card

👤by Michael Pabia Comments 📅19.12.2016 21:50:02

ASUS announces the Xonar U7 MKII external headphone amplifier featuring true 7.1-channel, 192kHz/24-bit HD surround-sound output with Sonic Studio for intuitive and full audio control over a wide range of audio features. It also features the Sonic Radar Pro which creates a virtualization for first-player shooting games to gain competitive advantage which helps the gamer map out enemies and allies. Check out its features below.

Compact Size, Spectacular Sound
The ASUS Xonar U7 MKII is a compact USB-powered external sound card that delivers true 7.1-channel, 192kHz/24-bit HD audio. It packs a Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and exclusive ASUS Hyper Grounding technology, Xonar U7 MKII has an 114dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), ensuring ultra-pure sound for the best listening experiences. It is portable enough to be paired with laptops and enjoy quality audio anywhere.

Built for Gaming and Streaming
ASUS Xonar U7 MKII is built with gaming and streaming in mind having dedicated headphone and microphone controls for easy audio adjustments without interrupting gaming or streaming. The volume knob also works as the output selector and you can change output modes from headphones to speakers and vice versa in a jiffy. Given that it is USB connected, both laptop and desktop users can enjoy the benefits of the Xonar U7 MKII.

Complete and Intuitive Audio Control
The Sonic Studio application gives you a feature-packed controller that’s easy to use giving you a wide range of audio features such as the true 7.1 surround sound, equalization (EQ) function and more. Sonic Studio has an intuitive all-in-one view wherein all necessary audio controls are on a single screen for fast and easy adjustments. Sonic Studio also includes controls for Sonic Radar Pro, a unique feature that precisely maps in-game sounds to map out footsteps, movements and give a visual view of locations.

Audio Performance
Output signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): Up to 114dB
Input signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): 110dB
Output total harmonic distortion + noise at 1khz (A-weighted): Up to 0.0006% (104dB)
Input total harmonic distortion + noise at 1kHz (A-weighted): Up to 0.001% (-100dB)
Frequency response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ): <10Hz to 46kHz
Output/input full-scale voltage:
- Rear output (Speaker) 1Vrms (2.828 Vp-p)
- Headphone 1.3Vrms (3.677 Vp-p)
- Line-in 1Vrms (3.677Vp-p)
Bus Compatibility:
- USB audio class 2.0 for all functions
- USB audio class 1.0 for playback

Main Chipset Sensors
Audio processor: CMedia 6632AX High-performance sound processor (Max. 192KHz/24-bit)
D-A converter (digital sources):
- 1 x Cirrus CS4398 (120dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24-bit)
- 1 x Cirrus CS4362 (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24-bit)
A-D converter (analog input):
- 1x Cirrus CS5361 (114dB SNR, Max. 192kHz/24-bit)

Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog playback sample rate and resolution: 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/172.4K/192KHz @ 16/24-bit
Analog recording sample rate and resolution: 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96KHz/172.4K/192K @ 16/24-bit
S/PDIF digital output: 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/172.4K/192KHz @ 16/24-bit
ASIO 2.0 driver support: 44.1K/48K/88.2K/96K/172.4K/192KHz @ 16/24-bit

I/O Ports
Analog output jack:
- 3 x 3.5mm mini-jack for surround-sound output (front / side / center-subwoofer / back)
- 1 x 3.5mm mini-jack for headphones
Analog input jack:
- 3.50mm mini jack (line-in/mic-in)
Buttons: Output Volume / Headphones / Speaker Select / Microphone Volume
Digital S/PDIF output: High-bandwidth optical/coaxial connector supports 192khz/24-bit
Front-panel audio header: None

Driver Features
Operating system: Windows 10/8.1/7(32/64-bit)

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