I'm about to buy one of the asus Xonar sound cards.
For my purposes all it will do is process a digital audio signal. It needs to output this through SPDIF to my E17.
After almost of month of researching into these sound cards I don't really know what their differences are. I'll link you to a few of them, maybe you can tell me what their recomended uses are, and what benefits you get for venturing higher up the price range.
I see the range starts with the "DG"
Then for almost the exact same price, then there's the "DGX"
Very keen to know about the differance between the two I just mentioned
You've then got this thing which while being pretty pricey looks the cheapest of the lot, and I'm not keen on having the plasticy little box on my desk, but if it sound good I'll get it. Also, it matches my cheesy motherboard :)
Then there are a few with these nice looking shields covering them, maybe just for looks. I see this one comes with an adapter for optical SPDIF.
There a few more, but I'll be here all day if I list them all.
So my question is, what differances are their between these cards? And what benefits do you get for getting the more expensive ones?
once I figure all this out I might make a sort of 3rd party buyers guide to these cards for others to get a quick look at what card is meant for what.