I built a new computer few months ago and just getting around to the sound & speaker part of it.
Right now I have:
Sound: On board - ALC892
Headphone: Pioneer SE-MJ551 http://www.pioneerelectronics.ca/POCEN/Home/Headphones/Headband/SE-MJ551-R
Speaker: Edifier S330D
Usage is 50% Music/Movie, 50% gaming.
I was using headphone only until I got the speaker last week. I am using speaker only now but I am sure I will start using mix of headphones and speakers once the honeymoon period is over with the S330D
I have researched quite a bit and decided to stick with ASUS Xonar series.(good for price and had bad experience with Creative)
I'm deciding between Xonar DG/DGX and DX. (note all price in Canadian $)
First the ones that I won't get
STX - $190~200 is good and I wouldn't have to think about upgrade once I get it but I don't see me upgrading my speakers any time soon.
DS/DSX - $50~55 I don't see the point of this card. I would either go cheaper and go DG/DGX or pay a bit more for DX.
From what I've read
DG/DGX - $35~40/$45~55 Best bang for buck. Headphone Amp
DX - $85~95 Better sound chip than DG/DGX. No Headphone Amp.
My question is with my speaker and headphone would I notice significant upgrade in sound from my on board? If so is DX worth spending 2~3 times more money than DG/DGX?
I know my headphone and speaker are very low end compare to most people here in the forum, but I would appreciate if you guys could help me.