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Alright, so then do you think my parents are imagining the difference?

Yeah, even they hear a difference and have told me that they are impressed by it on more than one occasion.
Not enough information to say.

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So I just don't understand how in the world using headphones suddenly means there won't be a difference. I mean, if there is a big enough of a difference between the Audigy 2 ZS (which is a damn good consumer sound card for its time) and the XtremeGamer that even my parents noticed, then how would there be no difference when the person only uses headphones? Do you tell people that there will be no difference just because you didn't hear a difference? Help me understand here because by telling them that there won't be a difference, you're denying them a better audio experience!
I only use stereo headphones. And yes.
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post #32 of 72
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Not enough information to say.



I only use stereo headphones. And yes.
I see.

So when you upgraded from onboard audio to a sound card, what sound card did you try?
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Currently using my on-board sound card in lieu of my DX. I can't say that my DX was worth that 80 dollars that I spent on it, but I can hear some subtle differences with it (paired up with a AD700). The DX has better texture; details of each instrument comes across clearly, and improved sound stage makes the music more lively and more revealing.
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Currently using my on-board sound card in lieu of my DX. I can't say that my DX was worth that 80 dollars that I spent on it, but I can hear some subtle differences with the The DX (paired up with a AD700). The DX has better texture; details of each instrument comes across clearly, and improved sound stage.
How about the quality of the low end vs. the onboard audio?
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How about the quality of the low end vs. the onboard audio?
The SQ?
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The SQ?
When I upgraded from the Audigy 2 ZS to the XtremeGamer for example, the low end was much better sounding: it went way lower, it had a much more solid sound, and it was no longer boomy in any way shape or form (it was finally awesome). It was as though the low end was finally being reproduced correctly or something - it was just far more pleasing and it made me want to listen to more audio that had really low frequencies in it because I could finally hear them (or "feel" them really) as clear as a bell.
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When I upgraded from the Audigy 2 ZS to the XtremeGamer for example, the low end was much better sounding: it went way lower, it had a much more solid sound, and it was no longer boomy in any way shape or form (it was finally awesome). It was as though the low end was finally being reproduced correctly or something - it was just far more pleasing and it made me want to listen to more audio that had really low frequencies in it because I could finally hear them (or "feel" them really) as clear as a bell.
Oh I thought you mean't low end as in "cheaper sound cards." Sorry for mis-interpreting that. So far, I have not actually had much opportunity to listen to anything with lots of low end. I have been jaming out to vocal jazz and 80's hits the past few days. I'll pop in some Biggie Smalls and some metal when I get back later tonight.
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Biggie Smalls
Ahh...
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post #39 of 72
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Oh I thought you mean't low end as in "cheaper sound cards." Sorry for mis-interpreting that. So far, I have not actually had much opportunity to listen to anything with lots of low end. I have been jaming out to vocal jazz and 80's hits the past few days. I'll pop in some Biggie Smalls and some metal when I get back later tonight.
I confess that my main reason for asking you is to help prove to cuad that there really is a difference throughout the entire range of frequencies.
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In my machine, I have a Realtek ALC892 onboard, X-Meridian 2G, and a Titanium HD. I plugged my speakers in to the Realtek and the first thing I had to do was max its volume and turn up my speakers by 1/3 to get the same listening level I had with the other two cards at 60% of their output volume and 2/3 the speaker volume.

Everything in the high frequency range became distorted and the speakers sounded broken with the Realtek.

Imaging simply did not exist.

If those in favor of onboard do not hear a difference, then sound is something they simply do not concentrate on. Some like video, some like sound, etc.

Onboard is absolutely god awful, no matter "how far it has come...."

That little quoted part always makes me grin.
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