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Thanks guys, will see what I can find and purchase it as soon as possible.
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Do you have cans? Why not get the Astro Mix amp?
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Better signal to noise ratio for starters.

On-board codecs are generally mixed up with the other mb components and it's rare for them to have a perfect noise free signal. Sometimes you can hear a slight hiss in the background - sometimes you can even hear electrical noise - you'll notice that it fluctuates according to the CPU workload, for example. This all denotes components that are: 1. of less quality; 2. are not properly isolated from interference - integrated solutions will always be more susceptible to this problem. That is also why the best Xonar soundcards have a shield over the card's components - to further reduce the chances of interference and deliver the best signal possible.
and if your using the digital output? Then its the otherway around as every bit of spec of a soundcard is inferior to a receiver.
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and if your using the digital output? Then its the otherway around as every bit of spec of a soundcard is inferior to a receiver.
You have professional soundcards if you're really serious (if you're using it in your job) about sound. The Xonar range is just following Creative's footsteps in creating the best consumer grade soundcards, not professional grade. Even so, their most expensive unit is not bad at all.
 
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Yep, Xonar DG for a cheap soundcard. The only difference between 'consumer grade' and 'professional grade' is the recording capabilities and outputs. There very little difference if any sound quality wise.
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You haven't mentioned what you would use it for.

If you want to game, I recommend a Creative card, if you want to view movies/listen to music mostly, better go with a Xonar card. Creative cards are good at playing movies but they lack a decent equalizer, which is something I noticed with my card, so they're OK for music but great for all else.
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Yep, Xonar DG for a cheap soundcard. The only difference between 'consumer grade' and 'professional grade' is the recording capabilities and outputs. There very little difference if any sound quality wise.
If you consider latency when recording, the difference between a consumer grade card and a professional grade one can mean the difference between the recording you want and the recording that could have been. That also fits the "sound quality" criteria in a way
 
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If you consider latency when recording, the difference between a consumer grade card and a professional grade one can mean the difference between the recording you want and the recording that could have been. That also fits the "sound quality" criteria in a way
Yes forgot latency but that's more software based
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You have professional soundcards if you're really serious (if you're using it in your job) about sound. The Xonar range is just following Creative's footsteps in creating the best consumer grade soundcards, not professional grade. Even so, their most expensive unit is not bad at all.
if your serious about gaming you'll get a Astro amp.
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if your serious about gaming you'll get a Astro amp.
Despite not knowing much about the Astro Mixamp, I highly doubt this. I would assume getting a gaming oriented sound card would be money MUCH better spent.
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