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post #11 of 17
The X-Fi audio only has the x-fi software, there is not an X-Fi chip on it.

Get a lower-end Xonar. It'll be much better than software X-Fi by a mile.

Xonar DG - $30
Xonar D1 - $90
    
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post #12 of 17
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So the Asus Xonar seems to be a popular choice if i decide i want something better, are there any others i should consider and which of the Asus Xonar's should i get knowing that i only care about SQ for my headphones and not surround or gamming or any bells and whistles
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post #13 of 17
The Xonar is definitely the card for music, the x-fi titanium HD is the gamer's card of choice. Over the $100 mark, there are a few other alternatives.
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post #14 of 17
almost anything is better then onboard sound man ... and will take a few cycles off of the cpu ... not a lot but a few
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post #15 of 17
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Id like to stay around $100 unless there is something a huge improvement for $200

which of the Asus cards around $100 is my best bet for what i want, there are a few DS, DG, DX, D1
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post #16 of 17
You want bang for buck then get a refurbed/used off of ebay. DX/D1s go for $50. Auzentech Fortes (Basically as good as a Titanium HD) go for $60-90. STX you *might be able to grab for $100

Xonar DX/D1:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ASUS-Xonar-DX-7-...item1e65df69d9
http://cgi.ebay.com/ASUS-Xonar-D1-7-...item23131d3fe2

Auzentech Forte
http://cgi.ebay.com/AuzenTech-X-Fi-F...item231300c0bd
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post #17 of 17
As previous posts state, the Asus Xonar series have they best bang for buck.
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