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Need help deciding on a Soundcard, between Asus ASUS Xonar DSX and HT OMEGA eCLARO

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I finished a haswell build and to my misfortune im having issues with the included Realtek 1150, in the past i had nightmares with Creative and their drivers, to the point that on my PC i use only realtek and accepted the worst sound for stability.  But im willing to go into a dedicated sound card again, as i have lot of static noises on the realtek.

 

Setup

Sound card ---> 3x 3.5 mini stereo plug to RCA ---> Emotiva UPA-5 amp ---> JBL NSP1 speakers + Sony SA700 sub

 

Use

Mostly gaming, most of the time im playing alone on the 5.1 setup, but i do play with friends regularly maybe couple of hours at night, but the rest of the time im speakers.  I play BF3, LOL, WOW, SC2, DOTA2, CS:GO, D3.  I do use it for music but still more on the speakers, i do play ocasionally a movie or two but not what i spend most of the time.

 

The Sound card needs

5.1 analogs - 3.5 mini streo plugs

No static at all when gaming or playing music

Has to sound better than Realtek

Below $300

Stable drivers for windows 7 pro

Has to be PCIe, i have no PCI slots

 

What im considering atm, but open to any none creative suggestion,

 

HT Omega eClaro

I have read good things about HT Omega over the years, but one thing that has remained is they are expensive, but as long as it works well, i don't care.  I like some features of it, like serial cable for speakers, this will help me a lot when cleaning and not needing to replug individually.  I like also has a dedicated connection for the headphones, so i don't need to do what im doing atm to have the 2 channel front go to my headphone amp and then to the speaker amp, but not a big deal either.  The other thing that worries me is that the last windows 7 drivers that i see from them are dated 2010... thats a long time, either they are really good into their drivers and no issues have happen on 3 years, or their support lacks.

 

Asus Xonar DSX

A friend has one and  he says been perfect for a year, he is using asus drivers, but i have read a lot of support on asus lacks and that many go into unified drivers, but checking asus web for the card, has 2013 windows 7 drivers, so maybe is not as bad as im thinking or not with this version.  One thing that i like is the price, more than 3 times less than eClaro.

 

So what do you recommend me? im open for other sound cards as long as they are not creative.

post #2 of 4

Asus Xonar DX, comes with a CS4398 DAC chip, sells used for $60.

Or the Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) , $90, comes with the same CS4398 DAC chip plus has a separate headphone amplifier and output.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 9/11/13 at 4:39pm
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Asus Xonar DX, comes with a CS4398 DAC chip, sells used for $60.
Or the Sound Blaster Z (SB1500) , $90, comes with the same CS4398 DAC chip plus has a separate headphone amplifier and output.

+1

Get the DX or D1 over the DSX.

And I don't think you need to worry about Asus Xonar drivers. Either the Asus or unified version will work well. Most of those complaining about drivers likely either (a) don't know what they are doing (the BCAK error problem--lol) or (b) have some very unusual setup that has a problem of its own, or (c) some combination of both. You don't really hear of problems much from people that know what they are doing smily_headphones1.gif
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i have no experience with the asus cards but ive come from the bottom of the barrel that is on-board and like most i "upgraded" to a creative soundcard. Well fast farward some years (the card died along the way) i was stuck with on-board again and tried this odd sound card from HT Omega called the eClaro and i have never looked back. Im sure the asus cards would do justice as there are good things writen everywhere about them but few have listened to the eClaro and as a onwer i can tell you it should very much be worth of your consideration. It definitely meets your criteria and as an avid gamer its very stable (no problems so far in BF3 or warframe beta) and hiss free despite not having a EMI shield i tested it using IEMs it has a very low noise floor.

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