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I just installed a Xonar DG into my rig, and I feel that things are sounding nicer through my 2.1 "Logicrap" Z523s. I have no idea how to use the Xonar DG Audio Center, though, and I'm pretty sure that the "things sounding better" is just a placebo effect.

Is there any way I can test this? Like, if I plug my speakers into the motherboard's sound port, will it use the Xonar DG for audio or will it use the onboard Realtek?

Thanks in advance.
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If you plug it into the onboard audio jacks, then it will use the onboard audio processor.

I noticed a difference when I switched from onboard to my current soundcard, even though I have "Logicrap". The bass was more pronounced and less muddy.

Though now that I am using optical, all the processing is done by Logitech's onboard processor in the speaker controller pod.
Edited by TEntel - 11/1/11 at 5:36pm
post #3 of 8
The motherboard's sound ports use the motherboard's audio decoder. In this case, it will be the Realtek audio. Same thing if you use the motherboards front panel I/O.
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If you plug it into the on board sound card it will use realtek. You may have to change the default sound device in control panel. Your Xonar is a million times better than on board. As for the software suite I don't know. I don't have a Xonar...yet.
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Well, I plugged the front panel I/O into the Xonar DG, so I thought if I plugged something into the front panel, it would still be powered/driven by the Xonar?

Also, some other person told me that this 890GX has one of the best Realtek onboards in it... and the Xonar DG is like the cheapest soundcard there is. Is it a million times better? Is it even twice as good?

Also, what is muddy bass?
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Well, I plugged the front panel I/O into the Xonar DG, so I thought if I plugged something into the front panel, it would still be powered/driven by the Xonar?
Then your front panel ports will be powered by the Xonar.

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Also, some other person told me that this 890GX has one of the best Realtek onboards in it... and the Xonar DG is like the cheapest soundcard there is. Is it a million times better? Is it even twice as good?
In a word, Realtek chipsets are the cheapest pieces of silicon you can buy, so anything more than a couple bucks will beat it.

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Also, what is muddy bass?
Muddy is an adjective used by audiophiles to describe sounds that isn't clear. In other words, the speakers/source are doing a poor job of replicating the original material, and instead of, for example, playing a clear tone at 6kHz, that tone might be 80% at 6kHz, and 10% spread between 5-7kHz. This becomes a problem in music because notes are not sharp and distinct, but rather vague and unclear.
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Lol, Realtek = crap it is, then.

Also, how would I tell if something had muddy bass or not? Wouldn't I have to compare with a superior source?
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Lol, Realtek = crap it is, then.

Also, how would I tell if something had muddy bass or not? Wouldn't I have to compare with a superior source?
Yes. Muddy is a relative adjective, but if you have experience with high quality sound from high quality systems then you recognize muddy anything instantly. Also, if you have every played a musical instrument, the sound you produce is basically perfect sound. The goal of music playback is to reproduce that perfectly.
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