which to buy Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? and sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by mikerrr, Jun 11, 2018.
  1. mikerrr
    hi i want to buy one new soundcard and i am between Asus Strix Raid DLX and Asus Essence STX II 7.1 and sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

    i dont know which to buy?

    what is the difference between Asus Strix Raid DLX and Asus Essence STX II 7.1 ?sound BlasterX AE-5 ? and which is the best?
    i want the soundcard for games, music and movies

    so which soundcard are you suggested me to buy?
    Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

    i am playing games ,, music and movies/

    in music i am hearing everything trance house all the kind of music ..
    i am playing all the kind of games././

    WHAT IS THE DIFERENCE BETWEEN Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1?? and sound BlasterX AE-5 ?
    .
    someone said that
    Sound BlasterX AE-5 has pretty much everything, regardless if you want to have both speakers and headphones and it has one of the best headphone outputs of any sound card.
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/crea...aming-sound-card-70sb174000000-sc-104-cl.html

    Essence STX II is built around very old PCI sound chip used through PCI-e bridge chip.
    So hope for driver supports relies also on C-Media's interest on supporting that old sound chip.... With C-Media not even offering Win10 drivers directly:
    https://www.cmedia.com.tw/support/download_center/10
    Also its headphone output is based onto TPA6120 with typical 10 ohm output impedance making it technically not greatest for low impedance headphones.
    While AE-5 has 1 ohm output impedance quaranteeing ideal damping factor and insignificant frequency response changes with any headphone.
    Neither is Dolby Heaphone of those Xonars that great for headphone gaming.

    Strix Raid DLX has exactly same TPA6120 and 10 ohm output impedance losing to SBX AE-5.
    Though compared to facepalm level 100 ohm output impedance of lower Strix Raid Pro/Soar it would be stellar.
    (those are surely short circuit protected in case you would like to jam iron nail into headphone output...)


    also someone said that
    STX 2:
    + Good quality stuff (hardware)
    +/- Used to have good 3rd-party driver development. Look below.
    - Driver support is deader than dead as C-Media dropped the chipset from their driver development.
    - Some bugs still exist, like the banshee scream. Had the banshee scream on my Xonar D1 which uses same C-Media chip, and people like totally dubbed had it too.

    Strix soundcards:
    - Quality not known as few people own the card and there are no measurements to look at. Most people brand it as garbage card because of how junky the drivers were at launch (and gaming branded stuff is usually perceived as garbage if not proven otherwise).
    - Driver support is alive-ish, but no 3rd-party driver development.
    - Too expensive, Creative AE-5 is in the same price bracket

    for this reasons i dont know which to buy
    but i see a lot of negatives for the soundcard from asus.

    i dont want to do one mistake and to buy one soyndcard which will not be good.

    for this reason i came to you for to help me and to make one decision./

    and i ask my apologizes for my english are not very good

    so
    which to buy Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2018
  2. mikerrr
    can someone help me please/?
     
  3. PurpleAngel Contributor
    What headphones or speakers will you be using with the sound card?
    What is your budget for a sound card (audio upgrade)?
     
  4. mikerrr
    Denon AVR-X3400H
    https://www.sevenoakssoundandvision...XifDgk_AEPciaFX6ELu9WvoqEqEApflYaApWfEALw_wcB
    [​IMG]

    SUBWOOFER:
    SVS PB-2000
    https://www.svsound.com/products/pb-2000



    dali Zensor 3 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dali-5703120106687-Zensor-3-Black/dp/B00E0I7B14




    SURROUND: Dali Zensor 1
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dali-Zensor-Speakers-Pair-Black/dp/B0057X5KF0



    : Dali Zensor Vokal
    https://www.whathifi.com/dali/263123/overview


    this is my custom 5.1 speaker.

    now for headphones i have sentheizer game zero but
    i want to buy new headphones//


    can you suggested me please which headphones to buy?

    i want this headphones for to play games,,, listen music and movies

    i want very good headphones..

    i can give and 500 eyros for headphones
    i dont have problem with money.

    my budget for soyndcard is 300 eyros....


    so which soyndcard to buy for games music and movies?? between these 3?
    Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?


    which is the best??

    i play all the kind of games .. so my questions for the headphones is..
    over ear or close ear?? what is the best for games?? fps/??


    my problem is that i dont know from these 3 which to buy


    because someone told me that
    For your use neither of those Asus cards has anything over it.
    While costing more for not as good headphone output.
    And in case of luxury priced Xonar Essence having very uncertain driver support for long term and average Dolby Headphone for headphone gaming.
    While it's pretty sure AE-5 gets driver support well past 2025.
    Creative even offers Win10 drivers for dozen years old "Why would anyone even want to use it anymore?" cards.
    And Creative uses built in own house sound chips, so they don't have to ask/beg any outside company for newer drivers.

    Those old C-Media chips/drivers even have some bug which can cause it to suddenly spew out full amplitude noise/static (Win10 increasing risk of it) and C-Media hasn't done anything to fix that in drivers.

    SonicStudio used by motherboars and these Strix cards is hard to find samples from web...
    But Asus hyping that "Sonic Radar" doesn't exactly give highest hopes:
    With good binaural simulation and good headphones you'll get direction and even sense of distance directly from sound.


    Sound BlasterX AE-5 has pretty much everything, regardless if you want to have both speakers and headphones and it has one of the best headphone outputs of any sound card.
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/crea...aming-sound-card-70sb174000000-sc-104-cl.html

    Essence STX II is built around very old PCI sound chip used through PCI-e bridge chip.
    So hope for driver supports relies also on C-Media's interest on supporting that old sound chip.... With C-Media not even offering Win10 drivers directly:
    https://www.cmedia.com.tw/support/download_center/10
    Also its headphone output is based onto TPA6120 with typical 10 ohm output impedance making it technically not greatest for low impedance headphones.
    While AE-5 has 1 ohm output impedance quaranteeing ideal damping factor and insignificant frequency response changes with any headphone.
    Neither is Dolby Heaphone of those Xonars that great for headphone gaming.

    Strix Raid DLX has exactly same TPA6120 and 10 ohm output impedance losing to SBX AE-5.
    Though compared to facepalm level 100 ohm output impedance of lower Strix Raid Pro/Soar it would be stellar.
    (those are surely short circuit protected in case you would like to jam iron nail into headphone output...)


    Gaming headsets are basically cheap Chinese garbage with huge profit margin.
    No matter if they have two drivers, or garbage truck load of even cheaper and worser ones with nothing tuned to produce balanced sound.
    Also closed headphone design is challenge even for actual audio makers.
    With very few closed headphones coming even remotely close to good open headphones in true gaming immersion capability.
    Unless needing environment noise isolation closed design is really just huge challenge/drag for sound quality.
    Not to mention also increasing risk of ears sweating, especially with pleather ear pad.

    with all these things that they told me because i have confused i dont know which soyndcard to buy

    and which headphones to buy also/..
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
  5. selvakumar
  6. mikerrr
    dont buy what??

    i dont understand you
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
  7. mikerrr
    Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

    you mean not to buy soyndcard this you mean?
     
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  8. selvakumar
    yes sound card usually have EMI interference i do own them all but BURSON PLAY is best of all
     
  9. mikerrr
    but if i buy one soundcard which to buy
    Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ???

    you have all these 3 cards>??> and you have tested them??
     

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