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Hi guys, I asked this question on reddit and was directed here.  My friend is a sucker for audio quality and I'm wondering if getting a sound card would improve anything over his motherboard. He owns a good pair of Sennheisers in the 100-200 dollar range and I was thinking of getting a Asus Xonar DSX for 60 bucks.  Thanks. :)

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Additional details, he has the HD 598.

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Hi guys, I asked this question on reddit and was directed here.  My friend is a sucker for audio quality and I'm wondering if getting a sound card would improve anything over his motherboard. He owns a good pair of Sennheisers in the 100-200 dollar range and I was thinking of getting a Asus Xonar DSX for 60 bucks.  Thanks. :)

The Xonar DSX does not have a headphone amplifier (still decent sound card). also the DSX (& DS) comes with DTS, no Dolby.

The DSX can easily drive the 50-Ohm HD598

DTS seems to be the preferred audio standard on Blu-ray disks

 

 

The Xonar DGX (& DG) comes with a decent headphone amplifier and Dolby Headphone 5.1 surround sound.

The DGX will provide more voltage for driving the HD598, then the DSX.

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Thanks for the reply!  I have looked a bit further and now I'm deciding between DGX and Auzentech Bravure, both are 45 dollars.  Would there be a noticeable difference given my motherboard?  It has 7.1 surround, realtek and Trustudio support.  My friend says any sound card under 200 dollars would be a waste of money :l

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Thanks for the reply!  I have looked a bit further and now I'm deciding between DGX and Auzentech Bravure, both are 45 dollars.  Would there be a noticeable difference given my motherboard?  It has 7.1 surround, realtek and Trustudio support.  My friend says any sound card under 200 dollars would be a waste of money :l

The Xonar DSX & DGX might be a waste of money?

 

The Asus Xonar Essence STX ($180) comes with headphone amplifier that can drive 600-Ohm headphones, believe the Asrock does not have a headphone amplifier.

and I'm sure the STX's DAC chip is better then the one built into the motherboard.

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Yea I've heard some pretty good things about the Xonar Essence.  However that's out of my budget for a gift so I'll think of something else to get.  Thanks for your time!

post #7 of 11
Get him a nice DAC. The FiiO E10 is pretty cheap, and the Ele is supposed to be awesome at $20. When it comes to headphones and computers, USB is where it's at cost-wise.
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So if I'm reading it right, a USB DAC bypasses your sound card and has better quality than most in-built sound cards?  The FiiO looks pretty good but is the same price as the Auzentech Meridian I'm looking at.  I've just stepped into the world of audio and I'm getting overwhelmed lol.

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So if I'm reading it right, a USB DAC bypasses your sound card and has better quality than most in-built sound cards?  The Fiio looks pretty good but is the same price as the Auzentech Meridian I'm looking at.  I've just stepped into the world of audio and I'm getting overwhelmed lol.

A USB DAC would bypass most of the features on the motherboard's built in audio.

 

I keep thinking it might be better to skip on a sound card.

Or maybe check out the new Sound Blaster Z series?

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wrong section?

post #11 of 11
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Yup should have posted on computers, notified admins already.

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