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I have Logitech Z-2300 for speakers and Sony MDR-XB500 for headphones. Will these parts benefit in any way from better sound card? If so i will be getting ASUS Xonar DX.
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I've owned the Z-2300's, XB700's and a Xonar D2.

I can tell you, the Z-2300' s won't benefit at all. They aren't that great to begin with and don't benefit with a soundcard. My XB700's were a bit better in the high ranges, however, whilst the XB range is a fun set of cheap headphones... they really aren't good enough to benefit from a quality soundcard.

Both the Z-2300's and XB range are made for big bass and thus create a rather artificial sound which won't change when using a good soundcard.
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IMO, yes they will. When I first bought my sound card, I was only using X-540's, but even then there was a difference. Bass was cleaner and punchier, and the mids were more pronounced. Obviously, I upgraded my sound system after, but to me there was definitely a noticeable difference in sound quality.
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Get the DG. $30 headphone amp bang for buck
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I try to never use onboard audio when I build rigs. The onboard solution relies on the cpu for all of the calculations and I've noticed smoother gameplay during major gaming events with a sound card. I've noticed slight pauses or microstutter right before a massive explosion, for example, since the cpu now has to do calculations for the NIC, video card, audio, etc. I also think that onboard audio solutions sound very hollow and harsh. Now that you can find great cards for $50, I think it's a no brainer.
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Check out the threads in my sig for more information, preferably the onboard vs sound card thread.
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No chance OP. Like you, I've got an ALC889 and I've compared it to nothing less than two Essence STXs with headphones worth more than yours.

There's no difference, with stereo headphones, that can't be explained by a) listening to music at a higher volume, b) perceptive construction or c) using gimmicky EQ settings.
Edited by cuad - 5/22/11 at 2:19pm
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No chance OP.
I love that humor right there,its sweet
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I love that humor right there,its sweet
Yeah, but he's serious (I know from past experience).
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post #10 of 72
Quote:
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No chance OP. Like you, I've got an ALC889 and I've compared it to nothing less than two Essence STXs with headphones worth more than yours.

There's no difference that can't be explained by a) listening to music at a higher volume, b) perceptive construction or c) using gimmicky EQ effects.

Marlee Matlin and Helen Keller could hear the difference between onboard sound and an ASUS Essence STX
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