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Hey all,

Currently got the D2X, I'm pretty happy with it on the Corsair SP2500/HS1ANA, but I'm going SLI soon, and the placing of the pci x1 slot is problematic for the top card's air-flow (PCI layout - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageG...%20UEFI%20BIOS)
On top of that, I have a buyer for the D2X if I decide to sell it.

I am therefore looking for a PCI card to better suit my needs.

Was considering the Essence ST. 2 questions -

1. Are my speakers/headset even good enough to take advantage of a sound card like this, or am I better off just reverting to the RoG onboard sound?

2. Your thoughts on the ST, and would you recommend another PCI card.

Thanks all
post #2 of 10
The ST is more card than you need. Believe it or not, your Corsair 2500 is your weakest equipment in your entire rig by far, including your D2X.

If you need a sound card with the 2500, then get a Xonar DG. Otherwise stick with on board or get better speakers.
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post #3 of 10
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Seriously??

I love my sp2500!! Keep listening to inception ost on them on full..

Provided im sticking with them but will in a few years' time go with proper speakers/amp etc, would you still say not get the ST?

And what's the difference between the DG/DS if i end up getting that like ur suggesting? Isnt it better to just stick with onboard with those cards?

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Xonar DG should be better than on board, but honestly, with the SP2500, I'm not sure you'll frickin hear a difference, especially with a Crosshair V.

That said, I wouldn't bother with a sound card, but you CAN get one for 15 dollars or so brand new. Check out the online deals section on OCN for more information.

I would hold off on an ST because when you get your proper speakers etc, you may not want the ST. You may want a receiver or external DAC.
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Xonar DG should be better than on board, but honestly, with the SP2500, I'm not sure you'll frickin hear a difference, especially with a Crosshair V.

That said, I wouldn't bother with a sound card, but you CAN get one for 15 dollars or so brand new. Check out the online deals section on OCN for more information.

I would hold off on an ST because when you get your proper speakers etc, you may not want the ST. You may want a receiver or external DAC.
Ok thx for the info, will mull it over..

Ive been reading ur audio sticky links, and u say in the onboard vs. Soundcard that headphone users should avoid onboard. I use the hs1s quite a lot (50/50), so wouldnt that apply to me? And if so, would u still recommend the DG, or another card?

Btw- why do u think the sp2500 is bad? Every review i read praised them as awesome 2.1 speakers

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The Corsair HS1 is another example of audio equipment I do not favor.

HS1 has poor spatial awareness. Doesn't quite have a good enough sound stage. And worst of all they're USB. Won't even use your sound card if you decided to get one, so that's just another strike against getting a sound card.

SP2500 gets outclassed by alternatives. Sure they're better than Logitech speakers, but when you're paying as high a price as you are for the SP2500s, you'd want to get the best you can for the money and the SP2500s don't do that. The SP2500s are extremely overpriced and underperform.
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post #7 of 10
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The Corsair HS1 is another example of audio equipment I do not favor.

HS1 has poor spatial awareness. Doesn't quite have a good enough sound stage. And worst of all they're USB. Won't even use your sound card if you decided to get one, so that's just another strike against getting a sound card.

SP2500 gets outclassed by alternatives. Sure they're better than Logitech speakers, but when you're paying as high a price as you are for the SP2500s, you'd want to get the best you can for the money and the SP2500s don't do that. The SP2500s are extremely overpriced and underperform.
I have the HS1ANA, not the usb version.. i reckon u would recommend at least some sound card for them? the DG or somethin else?

and i'm actually happy with my corsair audio.. i'm aware they're prob not the best i could get for the price, but i'm not an audiophile yet.. need to leave something to upgrade to eh?
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I have the HS1ANA, not the usb version.. i reckon u would recommend at least some sound card for them? the DG or somethin else?

and i'm actually happy with my corsair audio.. i'm aware they're prob not the best i could get for the price, but i'm not an audiophile yet.. need to leave something to upgrade to eh?
Honestly, you could do with a Xonar DG, it's really cheap and you will see some performance improvement. The SP2500 is roughly around the same quality as the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1. The SP2500 performs better for instruments while the ProMedia's perform better with vocals, primarily female vocals, which is why I would take the ProMedias over the SP2500. The Sp2500 and the ProMedias both have nice bass, but the Sp2500s can get louder than the ProMedias.

The SP2500s sound more hollow than the ProMedias, but the ProMedias sound more damp than the Sp2500s.

They each have their cons and pros, but in the end the SP2500 is 100+ over the ProMedias and that makes it a terrible choice.

Since you have the non-USB version of the HS1, that'll let you use your sound card so that's a plus. If you really desire a sound card, I'd say you can go as high as a Xonar D1 if you wanted, but a Xonar DG would be just fine too.
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post #9 of 10
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Ok thx, im guessing u mean ill see perf improvement with the dg over onboard and not my current d2x..

Thx for all the input.. Maybe wouldve gone with the pro instead of the sp2500 had i talked to u earlier, but kinda moot now

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Ok thx, im guessing u mean ill see perf improvement with the dg over onboard and not my current d2x..

Thx for all the input.. Maybe wouldve gone with the pro instead of the sp2500 had i talked to u earlier, but kinda moot now

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Yes, your D2 should actually be better than the DG, but the DG should show improvement over on board, even if minimal in nature.
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