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So the title basically says it all. I've been looking to get a sound card for a while and was wanting to know if the 555's were any good paired w/ the DS? I listen to a lot of music, ranging from Pink Floyd, to Lamb of God, to Immortal Technique, and so on. So basically I pretty much listen to everything. I also game a lot. I play COD,(yeah i know), SC2, and BC2. Trying to keep the budget under 50 bucks so I'm open to recommendations if there is something cheaper and better.

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Xonar DS will not do accurate 3D positioning in BC2, so you're going to have look into X-Fi cards unless you're fine with that.

My experience:
I've downgraded from the STX and TiHD to the DS and was unable to notice any significant audible differences between the 3 cards. So, the DS will be a good pair for the HD555s, but you're going to be missing the dolby headphone future unless you don't care about it. You could also consider the DG, which has built in amp and dolby headphone future.
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You're gonna miss Nick Mason's drumming and Waters' bass with those HD555s mayne. Not to mention a couple of low notes that Richard Wright tends to play on the organ.

That's 3/4 of the band, man!
Edited by cuad - 6/12/11 at 12:57am
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Xonar DS will not do accurate 3D positioning in BC2, so you're going to have look into X-Fi cards unless you're fine with that.

My experience:
I've downgraded from the STX and TiHD to the DS and was unable to notice any significant audible differences between the 3 cards. So, the DS will be a good pair for the HD555s, but you're going to be missing the dolby headphone future unless you don't care about it. You could also consider the DG, which has built in amp and dolby headphone future.
So would the DG not mess w/ positioning in game like the DS would?
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Dang this thread is tempting me to get the DGs lol...
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So would the DG not mess w/ positioning in game like the DS would?
actually they are almost the same ........but i don't think its that BIG loss , OK the X-Fis are better for gaming but the Xonars aren't that bad
frankly people complained only with BC2

and i think the DG with the extra headphone amp is alot better than the DS , people get the DS so they can swap the OP-AMP , so if you are not that kinda of user then forget about the DS
    
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DG has Dolby Headphone which might help you in gaming..or at least it's designed to help you in gaming. The DS is lacking Dolby Headphone, so you should actually probably go with the DG.
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Alright looks like I'm going with the DG.
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Xonar DS will not do accurate 3D positioning in BC2
what about the DX, that I plan to get in 2weeks
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The DG is more suited for headphones, i.e. headphone amp
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