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Hey guys, im using the onboard sound on my EVGA x58 LE , and I just bought some X-530's they are pretty loud but I know i can make my sound better, Something that will beef up the bass and make it hit harder would be cool. I'll go up to $100 on budget.
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I dunno about you but my AC97 onboard stuff was HELLA good with a Altec lansing 2.1 and I think it was a 60watt active sub.
Just a little EQ tweaking and turn the bass up on the speakers it would THUMP up to about 3/4 full volume without distortion.
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Asus Xonar DX
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I'm liking my Xonar DX. It's definitely not the best card out there, but for the money it was a nice improvement from my onboard sound, and it makes a nice companion to my Audio Technica ATH-AD700 cans.
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Originally Posted by L33tGunner View Post
Hey guys, im using the onboard sound on my EVGA x58 LE , and I just bought some X-530's they are pretty loud but I know i can make my sound better, Something that will beef up the bass and make it hit harder would be cool. I'll go up to $100 on budget.
A sound card won't do that for you. Better speakers will.
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Well I was thinking I need something new anyway, what is the difference in having a sound card and using onboard audio? Why should I buy a soundcard is it worth it?
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post #7 of 11
In my experience it depends on your onboard. There are old old onboard chipsets out there that sound like crap, but with newer ones under the right conditions, I can't hear a difference between them and any sound card I've used (including the STX). Mind you that my experience is just with headphones. Things might be different for speakers.

Anyway I'm sure that your motherboard is sporting an ALC889 or better, so assuming you've got a good PSU and that your realtek isn't picking up enough interference you won't hear any real improvement from a sound card, with headphones anyway.

I'm getting a separate dac to see what it does.
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post #8 of 11
Xonar DG ones mention above.
But if your receiver supports THX
http://www.audioholics.com/education...thx-games-mode
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The DG is an improvement over ALC892, at least.
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Asus Xonar DX
Seconded, even though mine is dead.
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