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Xonar DGX vs DSX for headphones

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Dear Head-Fi'ers,

 

I recently got a pair of Sennheiser HD 558 headphones and I'm now looking for upgrading my Realtek 887 onboard sound to a dedicated sound card. My primary usage is listening to music and some gaming.

 

I pinned it down to 2 cards:

1. ASUS Xonar DGX - has 'Dolby Headphone' feature and a headphone amp builtin

2. ASUS Xonar DSX - has no headphone amp but most reviews say the bass and overall sound is better than the DGX

 

I've read some reviews that stated that the DGX does emphasize the mids and highs more than the bass/lows (in comparison to the DSX), but my HD 558s already have a focus on mids and highs on their own, so I'd prefer the DSX judging from the reviews.

Since the headphones have an impedance of only 50 ohms I'm pondering if the headphone amp of the DGX is actually needed. My Realtek 887 can already drive the HD 558s to a sufficient volume.

 

Does the headphone amp only affect volume or does the overall sound quality suffer from the lack of a headphone amp when using headphones?

 

Has anyone had any experience with either the DSX or DGX and comparable headphones?

 

 

Thank you!


Edited by M4he - 1/16/14 at 1:57am
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Okay, I just had a friend come over with his Xonar DX (one model higher than the DSX, no headphone amp)... and the sound is just fantastic!
I turned up the volume to about 50% both in the control panel and the music player application itself and it was loud enough, so a headphone amplifier (like the DGX has) is not needed at all.

This removes the DGX from my choices as I've read it has inferior sound quality in comparison to the DSX.
But now I consider the DX as another choice since I instantly fell in love with the sound.

A review by Ars Technica states that the DSX and DX are a very close match. That almost convinces me to grab a DSX, as I don't need the extra features (dolby etc.) of the DX anyway.

So it's about DSX vs DX now...
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Originally Posted by M4he View Post

Okay, I just had a friend come over with his Xonar DX (one model higher than the DSX, no headphone amp)... and the sound is just fantastic!
I turned up the volume to about 50% both in the control panel and the music player application itself and it was loud enough, so a headphone amplifier (like the DGX has) is not needed at all.

This removes the DGX from my choices as I've read it has inferior sound quality in comparison to the DSX.
But now I consider the DX as another choice since I instantly fell in love with the sound.

A review by Ars Technica states that the DSX and DX are a very close match. That almost convinces me to grab a DSX, as I don't need the extra features (dolby etc.) of the DX anyway.

So it's about DSX vs DX now...

Maybe try to find a good price on a used DX (or D1) on eBay.

post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input PurpleAngel!

Reading "Choose the D1/DX" all over the place when looking for similar questions and considering my own experience with my friend's DX, I now ordered a DX on Amazon.
It definitely has better quality components (i.e. all solid capacitors) and seems to be the most recommended one of the low-budget Xonars.
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