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I was looking into purchasing a sound card and I saw the asus xonar essence stx. Then I decided to do some experimenting with listening to different bit rates, I found out that I could not notice the difference between FLAC and 128 aac/mp3 CBR. Would i still notice a diffidence going from on board to a dedicated sound card?

I was using the computer in my sig and I was using my ATH-50s'
Thanks.

Edit: When I upgraded from my skull candy titan ear buds to my M50s' I noticed a slight different but after a week or two i listened to my Titan's again and they sounded terrible.
Edited by cechk01 - 8/3/11 at 10:07pm
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you will and you know you want it.
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I was looking into purchasing a sound card and I saw the asus xonar essence stx. Then I decided to do some experimenting with listening to different bit rates, I found out that I could not notice the difference between FLAC and 128 aac/mp3 CBR. Would i still notice a diffidence going from on board to a dedicated sound card?

I was using the computer in my sig and I was using my ATH-50s'
Thanks.

Edit: When I upgraded from my skull candy titan ear buds to my M50s' I noticed a slight different but after a week or two i listened to my Titan's again and they sounded terrible.
personally I could with some songs but not many...I did buy a titanium HD Creative's counter to the Essence and after trying it for a week i returned it. While my games sounded better (EAX games that is) I didn't hear much of a difference between my onboard and it (note new motherboards especially enthusiast ones have great onboard sounds).

What I did like about my titanium was the audio amplification...thats it. my songs had more umph and my bass was soo much deeper. I want to get the titanium HD back but not because I heard the difference in clarity...just the amplification.
my onboard soundcard is pretty damn good actually; the VIA VT2020
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Whats strange is that I can readily tell the difference between mp3 and CD on my home theater. TXSR606 with and some RM7 Polk speakers
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Dunno, I can tell a HUGE difference between my onboard and my Titanium HD.
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O_o am not even considering myself an audiophile but even on my el cheapo Polks + Lepai TA2020 and Fiio E7 DAC set up i feel there's a huge diff going 128kbps MP3s to FLAC @@
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There's no need for an expensive setup to notice the difference between mp3's and flac IMO.
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Is it possible there is a setting that is wrong on my computer that prevents the extra quality from getting through??
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