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MusicBee with WASAPI driver.

Currently running to onboard audio, namely ADI (ASUS P6T deluxe v2) cant remember the model no.

That feeds into an old AV amp- Onkyo TX-SE500,
then finally to a Denon AH-D2000 headphones .

Ive heard about some issues with the Xonar Essence ST/X and the D2000's,possibly because they are low impedance (25ohm.)

I need a sound card thats PERFECT for audio, has Dolby/DTS and all the pretty movie things, and can power my cans properly. since my pc wont always be hooked up to the Amp.

Im looking at spending R1300 [South African Rand] ($200) and i would prefer keeping under that including shipping, unfortunately we only have ASUS sound cards available locally, no Auzentech, no creative
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Although I'm not really an audiophile so I don't keep up with all the current trends and such but I can vouch for the awesomeness that is xonar. Only problem I have is I never want to go back to onboard again
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asus sound cards are awesome from what ive heard, and i have been considering switching from my xfi titanium.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robbo2 View Post
Although I'm not really an audiophile so I don't keep up with all the current trends and such but I can vouch for the awesomeness that is xonar. Only problem I have is I never want to go back to onboard again

+1, I will never go onboard again, I tell all my friends to ditch onboard and get a Xonar!
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well i cant vouch for that statement yet, but im still trying to figure out what to do... the possible issues between the Denon AH-D2000 and the ASUS Xonar do make me scared, i dont have cash to throw around
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post #6 of 6
There shouldn't be any issues using the Essence ST/STX with the Denon D2000. The Essence cards all have the ability to run 0 dB gain, which is basically turning off the amplifier. In that regard, you should have no issue with the D2k.
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