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  • 26% (4)
    Soundblaster X-fi titanium fatality pro
  • 13% (2)
    Auzentech X-fi forte
  • 46% (7)
    Xonar DX
  • 13% (2)
    HT omega claro
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post #11 of 28
I suggest Onboard sound as well.

It gets the job done, and I honestly can't tell a single difference from my 2.1 system with my mobo's onboard sound to my friend's 2.1 system with a Xonar.
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post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by PanicProne View Post
I suggest Onboard sound as well.

It gets the job done, and I honestly can't tell a single difference from my 2.1 system with my mobo's onboard sound to my friend's 2.1 system with a Xonar.
Your ears are broken then.

Or his 2.1 setup is garbage. I cringe when I have to listen to music through my USB sound card with my guitar hooked up. They aren't even close in terms of quality.

@OP For w/e reason I couldn't find the exact name for the sisterboard, nor could I even find it on ASUS' website lol, but you can see it here .

If you're really dead set on a 5.1 setup, your best bet may be the Claro. I've heard a lot of good things about it. All I can say from my experience, is the ST rocks coupled with my Beyer DT770s. The thing I like most about them is the built in amplifier, which helps drive headphones better.
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I found a good set of headphones or speakers more than makes up for the lack of a dedicated sound card.
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Asus Xonar DG @ $10 shipped brand new from retailers.. Can't go wrong..


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post #15 of 28
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I found a good set of headphones or speakers more than makes up for the lack of a dedicated sound card.
That doesn't exactly make sense.

It would be like putting a corvette body on a Dodge Neon chassis with a Ford Pinto engine.
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post #16 of 28
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That doesn't exactly make sense.

It would be like putting a corvette body on a Dodge Neon chassis with a Ford Pinto engine.
No it wouldn't. The difference between these cheaper sound cards and decent onboard is not very much. It's typical Audiophile stuff, ie, BS. It's not like 10 years ago when onboard was extremely crappy.
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it seems to be the

titanium fatality pro with its driver issues

vs

auzentech forte which runs hot, and changes over time as the capacitors age

2 more weeks till I have the cash, I'll keep reseaching
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Originally Posted by Horsemama1956 View Post
No it wouldn't. The difference between these cheaper sound cards and decent onboard is not very much. It's typical Audiophile stuff, ie, BS. It's not like 10 years ago when onboard was extremely crappy.
You'd think so but you'd be wrong. About the "BS" part. I have a newer motherboard with newer on board audio. It doesn't even compare to my Xonar. Even with my Beyer's, on board is terrible. I bought the cans before the sound card, and didn't know what I was missing until I got it.
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post #19 of 28
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That doesn't exactly make sense.

It would be like putting a corvette body on a Dodge Neon chassis with a Ford Pinto engine.
Makes perfect sense to me. The onboard is not horrible. Getting a good set of speakers or headset will do wonders. I had a set of logitech headphones and I wasn't happy, debated going to a sound card,etc.. Ended up buying some Senheisser headphones and I've been more than happy with them for over a year now. They sound amazing. You don't need the latest and greatest to enjoy audio, sure it could probably sound better but why waste the money if you don't need to.

Going from a mediocre speaker to a very good speaker would give better results then staying with a mediocre speaker and getting a sound card.
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post #20 of 28
I'm really diggin my Soundblaster X-fi titanium. First time listening to it, I had to look down under my desk to make sure i had not gotten new speakers! They sounded Alive!! (Logitech X-230's).
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