Originally Posted by PurpleAngel
Chances are the Asus Xonar DG sound card ($25) will sound better then your on-board audio.
Yea i agree, A friend of mine has a realtek onboard audio, when he used the DG that I sent him. He fell on the floor in shock, now he tells me that it awesome.
Originally Posted by Dexter M
How does that work though? Will it always make a difference? How do I know when I need one, what do I look for in a sound card etc.
The onboard audio devices tend to use cheap components when they implant them to the motherboards, there are only rare cases where they use good components, but the motherboard in up costing a arm and a leg. Main thing I look for is the features that you want or that you will use. Then do compare between others, then find out the sound signature of the sound card to see is it the sound signature you want. If you was gonna use optical out, then just the features is what you be looking at on the sound card if your onboard don't have optical out or the features you want. I just notice that you mention the ATH-M50, Those headphones would benefit from being plugged into a good source like the Xonar DG, the DG does have features that useful for gaming like Dolby headphone, as long you config DH correctly and use DH1 or DH2 modes.
Edited by genclaymore - 1/1/13 at 1:13pm