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So basically im currently looking to improve upon my headphone listening quality a bit. Im using Sennheiser HD 555's with my onboard audio at the moment.

I have

http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B000W7PNZI.htm

just kicking around and was wondering if it would be an improvement over my onboard?

If not then what sound card should i consider that would be an improvement? Dont care about surround sound or bells and whistles, just SQ and just for my headphones
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post #2 of 17
i have the hd555 moded to 595s and for sound card a low end one will do. Also sound cards i would reccomend are the asus xonar series and the low end dx models are cheaper than that you have shown and most likely are a little better
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It cant hurt. And if it does, take it out.
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by kmouze View Post
i would reccomend are the asus xonar series and the low end dx models are cheaper than that you have shown and most likely are a little better
X2 on what he said. I have a xonar Ds and it does deliver good performance for the price.
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It cant hurt. And if it does, take it out.
^ this

+ 1 for an Asus Sonar if you are still not satisfied
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post #6 of 17
Well, from the reviews on Creative's site, it looks like it's pretty much the same as the x-fi that came with my crosshair3, IE a fake. It's a lower end sound chip with software to emulate a mid-range x-fi.
If you were planning on spending money on it, I'd say avoid, but since you already have it, it can't hurt to try it. You have plenty of CPU power to make it work well. The software to make it work can be dodgy.
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post #7 of 17
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Well, from the reviews on Creative's site, it looks like it's pretty much the same as the x-fi that came with my crosshair3, IE a fake. It's a lower end sound chip with software to emulate a mid-range x-fi.
If you were planning on spending money on it, I'd say avoid, but since you already have it, it can't hurt to try it. You have plenty of CPU power to make it work well. The software to make it work can be dodgy.
is this one any better then?

http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B000IZC0GO.htm

(i have an extra one of those as well)
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post #8 of 17
Get an Asus Xonar DG. Easily the best soundcard for that price range.
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
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is this one any better then?

http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B000IZC0GO.htm

(i have an extra one of those as well)
Still only a rebadged audigy with x-fi support in drivers.
Both are better than onboard, but still not great cards.

Use whichever will plug into a slot that doesn't hurt the airflow to your xfire'd graphics cards.
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post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Still only a rebadged audigy with x-fi support in drivers.
Both are better than onboard, but still not great cards.

Use whichever will plug into a slot that doesn't hurt the airflow to your xfire'd graphics cards.
thanks for the replies

my cards are under water though


ill toss one in for now and start looking into something better down the road
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