Originally Posted by Varinn
I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new sound card for my PC, but I want some expert opinion on the choice before I go ahead. I used to have a Auzentech X-Plosion which I used with my Logitech speakers and Sennheiser PC151. This used to be enough for me, but I want something better now and my new computer doesnt support the X-Plosion. I am a mild enthusiast at best, but would like to hear something better. I am not looking for massive bass, or extreme volume and tend to keep things in the low-medium range volume wise. I just want a well rounded setup.
I'm trying to decide between the ASUS DX, and the DGX
Audio is currently onboard through an ASUS P8Z77-V LK
Speakers are currently Logitech Z5500 through optical (barely ever use them, hoping to replace with a quality 2.1 eventually)
Headphones will hopefully be the Sennheiser HD558's if christmas goes well :P (and if not, I'll just buy them anyways!)
I do 70% gaming, 30% music with no movies on my PC. I am not opposed to getting an external amp like a Fiio E9 if needed but I'd prefer to go with a cheaper option. I'm currently leaning towards getting the DX and the 558's and if I decide I want an amp later getting a small external. Does anyone disagree with my choices??
PS: First post! thanks for reading
The Xonar DGX comes with a basic headphone amplifier, the Xonar DX does not, the xonar DX comes with a high impedance headphone jack, not really great for good headphone sound.
Technically the Z-5500 will sound the best plugged into the analog speaker outputs on the Xonar DX (or DGX), the Xonar DX does come with a better DAC chip.
But with the DX (& DGX)/Z-5500 (analog connection) you would then need to connect the headphones to the front panel headphone jack or buy an external (optical input) DAC/Head amp.
If you used the Xonar DX's optical for the Z-5500, it would still be recommended that you get a headphone amplifier (connected to the DX's line-out/headphone jack (green).
The Xonar DG(X) does not support more then 2-channel output from it's optical port, Z-5500 is 6 channels (5.1).
So for your headphones,you would have to use the computer's front panel headphone jack or get an external (optical) DAC/ amp.