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The Wharfedale 9.1 are passive speakers, they need an amplifier, they won't run directly off your soundcard.
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I'm assuming the Xonar DX will have the upper hand when it comes to movies and gaming, but how does its DAC compare to the Fiio E10 when it comes to music?

Why would you suspect that one has the upper hand for anything (unless you want to turn on and use one of the Creative DSP effects)? E10 has a better headphone amp; I don't think too much is known about the DX's D/A, but it should be pretty decent.

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The left channel on my computer speakers just broke so I'm looking at upgrading now. Wondering how I'd go about plugging Swans M10 or Wharfedale 9.1s into my Xonar D1. Both of the physical speakers have RCA cables on them right? So how do I go about getting both channels from the 1 lineout from my soundcard?

Seems to be alot easier to buy a DAC with RCA outputs than muck about with the soundcard mad.gif

I don't mean to be condescending here, and I might just be reading you wrong, but aren't you just asking for a standard 3.5mm TRS to two RCA cable? (for the M10; passive speakers need an amp of course)
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?p_id=665

on second look, the M10 already comes with such a cable, as is typical.
post #733 of 5049
Cheers for clearing that up both of you. Wharfedale were listed under the active speakers in the original post, confused me alot!
post #734 of 5049
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Why would you suspect that one has the upper hand for anything (unless you want to turn on and use one of the Creative DSP effects)? E10 has a better headphone amp; I don't think too much is known about the DX's D/A, but it should be pretty decent.

I figured it would be better for gaming because won't it have positional audio with all the Dolby stuff and some headphones with a large soundstage?
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post #735 of 5049
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Why would you suspect that one has the upper hand for anything (unless you want to turn on and use one of the Creative DSP effects)? E10 has a better headphone amp; I don't think too much is known about the DX's D/A, but it should be pretty decent.

I figured it would be better for gaming because won't it have positional audio with all the Dolby stuff and some headphones with a large soundstage?

Somehow I had a massive brain fart earlier and thought you were asking about something other than a DX, so I mentioned Creative instead of Asus. My bad. doh.gif

Anyway, if you're using Dolby Headphone on the DX and think it improves things, then that's an advantage, yes. Otherwise, there should be a minimal difference for that. I guess it's one of those "better see for yourself" situations. The algorithm isn't taking into account your head in specific, so it may not work for you as it does for others. I'd call it most likely an improvement for locating sounds, but even that might be overreaching.
post #736 of 5049
Do we need a headphone amp if our soundcard has a built in headphone amp? e.g. I have an ASUS Xonar Essence STX and I want to drive a 300ohm headphone, would I need an external amp?
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Do we need a headphone amp if our soundcard has a built in headphone amp? e.g. I have an ASUS Xonar Essence STX and I want to drive a 300ohm headphone, would I need an external amp?

The STX amp can drive 300ohm headphones just fine. If you're interested in getting an external amp, consider getting an external DAC like the HRT Music Streamer II.
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The STX amp can drive 300ohm headphones just fine. If you're interested in getting an external amp, consider getting an external DAC like the HRT Music Streamer II.

Thanks! rep+
post #739 of 5049
The DAC on essence STX is actually really good.

Don't bother unless you're planning on spending a fortune.

The amps on the STX are upgradable too.
post #740 of 5049
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The DAC on essence STX is actually really good.
Don't bother unless you're planning on spending a fortune.
The amps on the STX are upgradable too.

I think what you meant was "the opamps on the STX are swappable too" because you can't improve the amplifying chip without desoldering and even if you did, you wouldn't really gain much out of it. Also, opamps aren't a guaranteed upgrade.
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