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You obviously aren't an audiophile if you don't understand how this works. Go troll another section.
And obviously you aren't one either...

HDMI carries digital signals which have to be converted into analog at some point and then amplified. Somewhere between your HDMI cable and your speakers there is a DAC and an amplifier.

Soundcards/on-board chips have the primary purpose of converting digital signals to analog signals. On-board sound stages have to worry about space taken up on the motherboard as well as EMI from other conductors on the board. These components tend to be low cost as most motherboard manufacturers (especially ASUS) will expect their consumers to buy dedicated sound cards if the sound quality isn't 'good enough.'

As DACs and amplifier components continue to drop in price it isn't a surprise that on-board sound is getting better. In this case it seems Creative is just rebranding their current offerings.
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post #42 of 51
how does this compare to the new x-fi on the crosshair v?

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I had a great X-Fi chip for a while. The Auzentech Prelude 7.1. If any of you know its one of the best made X-Fi sound cards out there that is now discontinued. Got rid of it because I was getting way too many freaking incompatibilities with Windows 7. There hasn't been an official driver release in over a year, and even the modified ones still have their fair share of problem.

So I chucked some cash into an ASUS Xonar STX. Love it, sounds are super clear, excellent sound stage, excellent definition and the onboard headphone DAC drives things really well. Obviously not as well as a 400$ dedicated headphone amp, but if your headphones are <100Ohms impedance, you're fine. (Yes, I know its rated between 300-600Ohms, but to get the best sound you need more oomph)

Used onboard sound in between the upgrade. Have X-Fi 2 inboard sound on my Ramapge 3 Gene which is one of the newer chips. What a difference. I think its all a matter of taste, and comparison with sound. Some people are happy with USB headphones that dont even need a sound card at all, others are happy with onboard. I'm happy with the best sound I can get for a reasonable price. (obviously not going to spend 200 bucks on a soundcard + 400 on headphones and then an additional 1000 for a DAC) I also really like the features that come with such a card.
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What features does my onboard X-Fi bring?
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should I use crosshair v onboard x-fi or migrate my x-fi xtreme music pci using these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836116118
    
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If this can replace my Xtreme Gamer and have good Windows 7 drivers, I'm all in.
    
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What features does my onboard X-Fi bring?
I dunno. EAX4, maybe?
Your board's audio chip isn't a Creative chip though, so X-Fi features are done in software.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...II_Gene/4.html
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Onboard sound is moderately horrific.

I've tried it a couple of times when running triple video cards and no slot for a discrete sound card; I ended up getting rid of one video card in both instances and putting a sound card back in.

Night and day difference especially if using decent speakers or headphones.
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My Xonar D2X does Dolby Digital 5.1 live encoding over optical so I can game in 5.1 with my home theatre system.
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After you had a real X-Fi (or some other real sound card) you really can t go back to the onboard Realtek.
And yes sound quality wise Realtek has evolved ,but still not enough for some of us.

When i ve bought the X-Fi and heard it the first time i purely cryed like a baby of happyness.
I couldn t belive my ears of how good it was versus the Audigy 2 i had at that time.
Listening to music on Realtek ,even on the 888/889 ,on the analog outputs, it s simply a pain in the ears

In maybe one year we should have flawless Creative drivers for this chip
   
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