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i have a budget of £35 and have narrowed it down to this,both are around that price i will be able to do the op amp mod on the x-fi as have done modding before with chips of the size and have ordered some but am not sure if swapping the op amp and power cap on that would be better than the ds for the money what do you guys think?(will be used with headphones mostly but will be put through an amp onto 150w speakers when not and is going to be music mostly, not so much gaming)
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I think you better stick with your ALC892. Trust me on this one.
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what makes you say i should stick with the onboard?
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what makes you say i should stick with the onboard?
cuad does not believe in aftermarket sound cards.

I did notice one thing between X-Fi XtremeMusic and my Xonar DX. The X-fi (on audio creation mode with CMSS and Crystalizer off) sounds like Xonar DX with SVN on. In other words, X-fi sounds like it has been compressed to sound loud. So quiet parts of music sound just as loud as loud parts of music. The DX sounds more uncompressed.

Now it could be my X-Fi had a weird setting I could not change. My X-fi is broken now (power filtering cap broke off).
Edited by Riou - 5/19/11 at 3:33am
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well the realtek "HD" really does suck so which would be better out of the 2?
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It's called the Realtek ALC892 and with headphones up to at least $100 it does not suck.
Edited by cuad - 5/19/11 at 3:38am
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If you have a digital receiver, then on-board is perfectly fine.

If you are using analog out, you definitely want a sound card.

Out of the two you are looking at, I'd go with the Xonar. Also, any op amp or cap mod you can do on the X-Fi can probably be done on the Xonar.
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One other note with the X-FI. If you plan on running Windows 7 with more than four gigs of ram, you are going to have a problem with that card and its drivers.

Creative has never come up with a fix or patch that would eliminate "robot" voice with microphone usage and motherboard compatibility since Vista and Windows 7's debut.

The Xonar would definitely be the better long term choice.
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well the ds has swappable op amps it was just if the x-fi was better as it has all the custom drivers and stuff for it i assumed more support from the comunity meant better
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more support from the comunity meant better
you got it backwards.
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