Need help, FAST!!! Should i get an ASUS Xonar D1 7.1

I need to know before December 5th so i can still qualify for the rebate! I have been looking through many reviews and stuff, but there's so many options out there, my budget is $80 or less. I got a 7.1 Onkyo receiver coming in and surround sound speakers. I use my PC for 70% gaming, which sometimes also includes listening to music at the same time, and about 20 music.

Requirements for the sound card I want, is to be able to listen to music, game (in at least 5.1 surround), and DVD's (in surround sound or pass through) using only 1 optical connection to my onkyo HT receiver. I don't want to have a lot of wires going from my sound card to my HT receiver, just one.

So should i get the ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 sound card or should I look into something else?

Thanks for the help. :)
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  1. For that budget, I'd stick with the D1, even if it is a bit older; the extra dolby features the card has should help out too...

    The D2/D2X is a better package, but at $200, is out of your price range, and the same goes for anything Creative makes.
  2. How old is it, i thought it was released this year? I might end up going with the D1.

    Thanks for the reply :)
  3. I wouldnt go for anything else but Auzentech X-Fi Prelude which is a PIECE OF ART :)
  4. kenzz0 said:
    I wouldnt go for anything else but Auzentech X-Fi Prelude which is a PIECE OF ART :)

    I would go that way, except X-fi's make NVIDIA and Biostar (and some other) boards go wacky. Even then, the Xonar series is better than any other card for movie playback, thanks to it having a bunch of extra dolby playback options.

    The D1 is actually an older sound card. The D2 was released back in 2006, and the PCI-E D2X was only released late 2007 if i recal correctly. Still, I would take the D1 over a similarity priced Creative based X-fi for movie playback, for the above reasons.
  5. Well I ordered the D1, the X-Fi Prelude is too expensive for me and not worth it since my receiver does not have HD-Audio Decoder for Blu-Ray DVD's.
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