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Which one of these do you all think is the better soundcard, the HT Omega Claro Halo XT or the Asus Xonar Essence? I plan to hook it up to this receiver with a pair of Bowers and Wilkins Bookshelf speakers. Will use it mostly for high quality music and some gaming.
 
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Both cards are really nice, don't think you could go wrong with either one. I have a HT Omega card and I enjoy it a lot. Here's a screen of the software interface so you can get a feel for it. I'm sure its similar if not identical.


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post #3 of 15
yeah the HT Omega are great cards ,
the only bad thing about them that they are PCI (exept the eClaro)

so it`s better to check your MoBo that it has empty PCI slot or there will be a free one in case you installed CF/SLI in the future

for that reason i will say to get the STX
    
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Originally Posted by Crag View Post
yeah the HT Omega are great cards ,
the only bad thing about them that they are PCI (exept the eClaro)

so it`s better to check your MoBo that it has empty PCI slot or there will be a free one in case you installed CF/SLI in the future

for that reason i will say to get the STX
Its worth the PCI slot for sure.
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The pci slot won't be a problem. Was just curious which was better. The interface for the HT Omega looks awesome. Definitely swaying towards that now.
 
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Don't have the link since I'm on my phone..but I researched those two cards on head-fi and went with the essence due to its upgradable op-amp capabilities.

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you're hooking it up to a receiver via optical out right?
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That was the plan
 
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post #9 of 15
then you don't need either of them. just use optical out from onboard if you have it or get the cheapest soundcard that offers optical.
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If you are using optical or HDMI, you don't need a soundcard. You can simply use mini HDMI-out on your GTX 480 and go right into HDMI on your receiver. The card should of came with an mini HDMI adapter. This setup will actually be higher quality than running it through one of those sound cards. High-end sound cards are designed to improve analog sound, and simply passthrough digital sound. You don't want your digital signal passing through anything it doesn't need too.

Your only downside will be that your processor has to process the sound instead of the sound card. The i7 won't even notice this, and you definitely won't.

I currently use HDMI-out on my GTX 580 to my Denon 4311CI, then just set it to 7.1 in windows. This is the highest possible sound quality.
Edited by Murlocke - 10/5/11 at 9:36pm
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