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post #21 of 26
Xonar or NuForce for headphones and active monitors imo. I use onboard, the codec on this asus is superb and the DAC in my Rotel is a great combo. B&W monitors don't hurt either. biggrin.gif
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you will only hear a difference when you use high quality input-processing-output, like using wav files, dedicated sound card, amps/preamps, quality speakers/cans. only when all is of higher quality will you be able to tell.

i do use a lot of wav files for samples and will be using pretty good quality headphones and eventually i'm gonna buy a midi controller so less delay is helpful.
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Discrete sound card usually has less static and noise than most onboard audio. Discrete sound card is better, but you need quality from the source audio file to the headphones/speakers to get the most benefit. Also, it depends upon on how good your ears are. On some tracks with a very good setup, one person can hear the singer take a breath and the gentle scratching of the nylon/metallic string guitar. Another person may not even notice that.

oh i definitely notice that kind of stuff. I tend to listen to music very closely.
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post #23 of 26

I bought one. the sound is good but you probably cant tell the difference from onboard sound.

 

So, i'd say save the money for a different upgrade.

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post #24 of 26
Recording music with onboard sound? No! No!

If you want to create music, your best choice is a USB interface.

On the cheap:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Alpha/

If you want to sound really good:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/US600
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I have a set of Senn 280s, so I just thought I'd post and let you know that I think they're great.

Now, I'm using an older motherboard (about three years old), so I can't say from experience whether newer boards are truly better or not, but I noticed an improvement when I went to a dedicated sound card, with a Creative Titanium Fatal1ty. I'm not saying you need to go with a Creative, as I've heard good things about Asus sound cards as well, but just that I noticed an improvement.

I also noticed an even bigger improvement when I got a digital audio coverter/headphone amp. It takes a digital output from the sound card, and converts it to an analog connector, so I can listen to digital audio. Its also really nice to be able to get a better simulated surround sound.

So, I'm not sure which of my two upgrades made the most difference, as the amp may not have made as big of an impact without the sound card, but I would at least look into a sound card with a headphone amp. While the 280 is only 64 Ohms, the sound had an improved clarity and depth when I got an amp, from my experience.

I hope this helps! smile.gif
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Onboard uses cpu cycles to process sound, right? I guess that's another reason to get sound cards. I bought one because my onboard drivers are complete crap. *ahem* VIA*ahem*
    
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