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Hmm was wanting to go away from onboard audio with a Xonar STX but been that it turns out i don't have the room fro the card to properly fit with 2 video cards sooooooo....

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is usb audio worth it (if only so i don't have to keep gettin behind the desk to switch between headphones and speakers) or just stick with onboard?
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its also good going for a USB sound setup. you just have to choose the right one.
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External DACs are great, IMO more versatile than internal sound cards for multiple types of setups. Just be sure its AMP/DAC combo.
 
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Well one major reason i went USB DAC is cos i dun want to deal with internal PC case noise and worry about lack/used up PCI/PCIe slots and all that @@ Another major reason is i want something i can use with my desktop @ home and lappie @ work. Getting a 10" tablet (Ubuntu/Windoze) for on the go soon

They are worth it if u get decent ones so that will also depend on your budget ^^
Edited by trog - 10/14/11 at 5:16pm
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External DACs are great, IMO more versatile than internal sound cards for multiple types of setups. Just be sure its AMP/DAC combo.
Hmmm. Other way around. I'd say they're flat out less versatile. If all you want to do is stereo music/audio then you're golden. If you're running any kind of multi-media or gaming station, and not a recording or music-only system, you're doomed to get a card.

Not one DAC out there within my knowledge can live encode DTS, aside from that Creative unit. Which since most USB DACs do not have multi-channel analog outs-your only hope of surround sound gaming is dashed. Some of them also like to crash on hibernate/suspend....oh and the good sounding USB DACs start at around twice as expensive or more than an STX at MSRP, and the sky is the limit on price.


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Well one major reason i went USB DAC is cos i dun want to deal with internal PC case noise and worry about lack/used up PCI/PCIe slots and all that @@ Another major reason is i want something i can use with my desktop @ home and lappie @ work. Getting a 10" tablet (Ubuntu/Windoze) for on the go soon

They are worth it if u get decent ones so that will also depend on your budget ^^
With a good consumer sound card, internal RF noise fears are a nearly boogey man to scare people. Unless you hear noise now. Modern PCI or PCIe cards are very well engineered and most don't even bother with faraday caging to block out RF noise, as there is next to none.
Edited by Skripka - 10/14/11 at 6:49pm
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