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I just got my Asus Xonar STX in today, and ho...ly...crap. This thing is crazy!!!!!!!!! I can't believe how much I was missing out of songs!!! I think it's one of my best purchases I've ever made. Theres just these little slight sounds that just pop out of the music now that I've never heard. The bass sounds a lot tighter now, and the vocals are sooooooo clear! It makes me want to listen to my music collection again.

One problem I had, was at first getting the headphone jack to work. What you have to do is go into the little control panel that comes when you install the drivers, click on the little triangle, and set one of the options to "Headphones" instead of "Speakers".

That leads me to the discovery of the Dolby Virtual headphone thingy . When I first choose the option, I thought "thats weird, the sound is now coming from my tv." So I take off my headphones, but I don't hear anything. So I put them back on, and realize that it's the surround technology. . It doesn't sound as good when you have the surrround on, but it's very cool.

So conclusion, if you're thinking about buying this, or you don't have a sound card and have always used onboard (like me), don't think about this, just buy it! Not kidding, it sounds so crazy awesome it's not even funny (well it was when I turned on the surround, but...). BUY THIS NOW.

Edit: I completely forgot about gaming! This thing is crazy awesome for gaming. I played an hour of Bad Company 2, and wow. You really feel like you're. The biggest difference from onboard with gaming, was the effect of being engulfed in sound. You could hear if there was a car coming up behing you, but not just be able to hear it, you could hear how far away it is from you. Or if a helicopter flys above you, you can hear how far away that helicopter is away from you, and you can also determine how high it is. I haven't tried gaming with the Dolby virtual thing though, it kind of late here. I'll try it in the morning though.
Edited by Willanhanyard - 5/6/11 at 10:39pm
    
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I was extremely happy when my Xonar DG came in I can only imagine what you are hearing
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Definitely best sound card for headphones.
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What headphones do you have?
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I have the Sennheiser HD555s. I'm going to save up for the Hd650s or DT880s now that I have this though.
    
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I have the Sennheiser HD555s. I'm going to save up for the Hd650s or DT880s now that I have this though.
Probably be best for you to get a USB DAC and then an amp for them. Straight out of a soundcard won't give them much power (especially the HD650 from experience).
    
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Probably be best for you to get a USB DAC and then an amp for them. Straight out of a soundcard won't give them much power (especially the HD650 from experience).
HD555 are low impedence headphones. He doesn't need an amp for it.
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When I moved to my 2600K and M4E I had to remove my STX or ditch the tri-SLI... the RealTek sound seriously almost made me start to cry.

I'm being serious.
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HD555 are low impedence headphones. He doesn't need an amp for it.
I lol'd.
    
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Probably be best for you to get a USB DAC and then an amp for them. Straight out of a soundcard won't give them much power (especially the HD650 from experience).
Theoretically the STX should "power" the HD650s, but won't drive them to their potential. It's also not really worth buying an amp for the DAC section of the STX and you'd be better off buying a USB DAC/Amp instead.
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HD555 are low impedence headphones. He doesn't need an amp for it.
He was talking about for the kid's plan to buy HD650s as in his parenthesis.
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When I moved to my 2600K and M4E I had to remove my STX or ditch the tri-SLI... the RealTek sound seriously almost made me start to cry.

I'm being serious.
I know how you feel.

As for the OP, glad you like your card. Sadly the STX is horrible for BC2. You should really like it for other games, but I can't say the sound is at all good for BC2. BC2's audio engine is ~insert expletive~.
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