If you're pretty big on feature-rich quality audio solutions for your PC gaming needs etc. Creative have pretty much dominated that market for around 20 years now. Finally ASUS have stood up to the task of going one better with their new "Xonar" series.
We've heard only bits and pieces about them since they were first showcased earlier in the year but the lads over at the Inquirer have managed to get their mits on a Xonar D2 for some playtime to see what is has to offer over Creative's flagship offering, the X-Fi Elite Pro.
OUT OF its Singapore base, Creative Technology has firmly ruled the PC sound landscape since the very first Sound Blaster card over 20 years ago. From more polyphonic sounds and realistic effects, to better frequency response, dynamic range, lower noise, and finally on-board DSP and effects accelerators to offload the CPU from processing high-bit rate multichannel surround audio, Creative led all the way - up to the current X-Fi product line.
Its early local Singapore sound competitors, like Aztech and AVS, gave up by the middle of last decade, as well as well known US players as Turtle Beach, with only specialised companies like Razer offering now some entries better than the generic, CPU-loading motherboard audio.