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I currently have ALC892 and I'm going to purchase some Dayton B652's. I'm wondering if a sound card would help?

 

I have been looking at the Asus DG/X, DSX, Creative Z and the Asus DX. Would any of these choices make a difference vs the on-board audio? If so, which one would you recommend?

 

I'm mostly using the speakers for gaming, but music is also important.

 

Any help is appreciated.


Edited by dog44 - 12/3/14 at 9:12am
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I currently have ALC892 and I'm going to purchase some Dayton B652's. I'm wondering if a sound card would help?

I have been looking at the Asus DG/X, DSX, Creative Z and the Asus DX. Would any of these choices make a difference vs the on-board audio? If so, which one would you recommend?

I'm mostly using the speakers for gaming, but music is also important.

Any help is appreciated.
I would just save the money for the speakers and amp.
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I currently have ALC892 and I'm going to purchase some Dayton B652's. I'm wondering if a sound card would help?

I have been looking at the Asus DG/X, DSX, Creative Z and the Asus DX. Would any of these choices make a difference vs the on-board audio? If so, which one would you recommend?

I'm mostly using the speakers for gaming, but music is also important.

Any help is appreciated.
Do you have a speaker amp?
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Do you have a speaker amp?

I'm planning on buying a Lepai LP-2020A+.

 

I'm trying to stay around or below $150 for everything. The speakers and amp (plus cables) are around $70, so I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a sound card. Would a DX or Z make a difference (since there is room in the budget)?

 

Any recommendations for something better around $150?

 

Thanks.


Edited by dog44 - 12/3/14 at 11:38am
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I'm planning on buying a Lepai LP-2020A+.

 

I'm trying to stay around or below $150 for everything. The speakers and amp (plus cables) are around $70, so I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a sound card. Would a DX or Z make a difference (since there is room in the budget)?

 

Any recommendations for something better around $150?

 

Thanks.

A new soundcard would be a waste at this level (much better speakers vs a little better dac with the same speaker amp) imo. I would spend everything on the speaker and amp.

You can find the pretty highly praised pioneer bs22 bookshelf speakers for about $100. The fluance sx6 is around $129.99 which will probably go a little over budget.

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I'm planning on buying a Lepai LP-2020A+.

I'm trying to stay around or below $150 for everything. The speakers and amp (plus cables) are around $70, so I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a sound card. Would a DX or Z make a difference (since there is room in the budget)?

Any recommendations for something better around $150?

 

Assuming this audio setup is for speakers only and no headphones involved.

Here is a used Asus Xonar DX sound card, for $45, that I think is the max you should spend for your current speakers.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331403161049?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

Here is a sound card, for only $28 (free shipping) with the C-Media CM8828 and C-media CM9882A audio chips

http://www.ebay.com/itm/380936309640?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

The card has an SNR of 106, so fairly good for a $28 sound card.

 

Here is that manufacturer's webpage on this sound card

http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1449

 

I just order one of these cards, should arrive on Thursday, I'm going to test it out for a few weeks (with and without my $300 external DAC/amp) see how good it is.

Figured it a good value for your use, but not sure if it would be a noticeable improvement over your on-board audio.

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Assuming this audio setup is for speakers only and no headphones involved.

Here is a used Asus Xonar DX sound card, for $45, that I think is the max you should spend for your current speakers.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331403161049?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

Here is a sound card, for only $28 (free shipping) with the C-Media CM8828 and C-media CM9882A audio chips

http://www.ebay.com/itm/380936309640?_trksid=p2060778.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

The card has an SNR of 106, so fairly good for a $28 sound card.

 

Here is that manufacturer's webpage on this sound card

http://www.sybausa.com/productInfo.php?iid=1449

 

I just order one of these cards, should arrive on Thursday, I'm going to test it out for a few weeks (with and without my $300 external DAC/amp) see how good it is.

Figured it a good value for your use, but not sure if it would be a noticeable improvement over your on-board audio.


Thank you for the reply.

 

I currently have the speakers, just received them today. I can say they sound like a good improvement over my old Logitech speakers. Now when I'm gaming, I can finally hear footsteps, gunshots ect. clearly.

 

I'm still not sure which card to get. I found a FiiO E10K external DAC/amp, do you think it would be a better choice over a sub $100 sound card?

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Thank you for the reply.

 

I currently have the speakers, just received them today. I can say they sound like a good improvement over my old Logitech speakers. Now when I'm gaming, I can finally hear footsteps, gunshots ect. clearly.

 

I'm still not sure which card to get. I found a FiiO E10K external DAC/amp, do you think it would be a better choice over a sub $100 sound card?

 

The FiiO E10K USB/DAC/Amp is great for 2-channel audio, but offers zero headphone surround sound features.

But as long as your PC games do their own surround sound processing (expanded stereo?) for 2 speaker audio, the E10K should be good.

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