http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?prodID=15855&prodName=Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio vs. Test report - general data DAC FiiO X1: https://reference-audio-analyzer.pro/en/report/dac/fiio-x1.php Integrated Amplifier: NAD C370 Speakers: B&W 602 S3 At the moment my digital source is my PC via the Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme (shame on me, I know) connected to my NAC C370. - I am considering the purchase of either a DAC+Headphones Amplifier such as the Chord Mojo ( https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/mojo/ ) *OR* - the purchase of a DAC/AMP & DAP such as the Teac HA-P90 SD ( http://www.teac.com/product/ha-p90sd/ ) *OR* - the purchase of a soundcard such as the Asus Essence STX II. ( https://www.asus.com/Sound-Cards/Essence_STX_II_71/ ) But before that I wanted to make a small test. I connect the Soundcard and the Fiio X1 to the C370 via two 3.5mm to RCA cable. I match the loudness on both as best as I can. Then I can freely and easyly switch between one channel and the other, without transition or clicks or any kind of noise. I ask a friend to switch between the Fiio X1 and the Soundcard for me with my eyes closed. Result: I cannot discern whatsoever between them. Neither can him. This reminds me of a several similar tests that were performed some time ago by the people at http://www.matrixhifi.com http://matrixhifi.com/contenedor_discmandac3.htm vs. http://matrixhifi.com/contenedor_sonydiscman.htm vs. The result of those tests was: they found very subtle differences between both elements AND all of them concluded that, where differences were found, they prefered the Sony Discman over the DAC3 and the SACD player. Ha. My question: As far-fetched as this sounds: am I going to waste a lot of money on a dedicated DAC/DAP when my X-Fi Xtreme soundcard might be indiscernible from it? In other words: is the audiophile scene full of horse/cow&bull biological waste? Should my money be better spent on a REALLY GOOD set of speakers, the only variable in the "audiophile" equation that might really mean anything?