Asus Xonar D2 put to the test
VR-Zone concluded that the Creative entrants sounded the worst with a “really muddy” sound – some said that even the onboard sound of the Asus P5K3 Deluxe was more bearable.
The Xonar D2 was said to have a “much better” sound stage and separation than the competition. Although various testers pointed out that most audiophiles might prefer the Audiotrak Prodigy XT, due to the Xonar “lacking a little” on the mids.
The Creative cards were crippled by lousy Operational Amplifiers and Capacitors and the tokyo style is crippled by lousy opamps, but the Tokyo Style, like the prodigy XT comes with a interchangable OPAMP sockets. The X-Meridien isn’t too bad but loses out to the Audiotrak Prodigy XT in terms of Mids.