Asus has announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Xonar Phoebus Solo 7.1 PCIe gaming sound card. It is targeted at gamers, as the name plainly says, and is therefore equipped with some technologies that many gamers might find interesting.
For starters, to please the ear-trained gamer Asus has packed the card with positional audio and Dolby Home Theater V4 audio enhancements. The sound card even has a number of preset profiles for specific genres, such as FPS, RTS, RPG and racing.
Of course, no sound card is complete without some effective HiFi goodies. Asus has equipped the sound card with a TPA6120A2 600 ohm headphone amplifier. This not only makes the headphones able to go louder, but at any volume level operate much more controlled. (Most standard stereo out ports do not provide nearly enough power to drive most headphones in a controlled manner.)
Other specifications include 118 dB SNR (Signal-to-noise Ratio), the card has support for the new DTS UltraPC II, and it carries a PCM1796 DAC (Digital-to-analog Converter).
So far there has been no official word on pricing or availability.