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I've used onboard sound since I had my first computer back in 2002. Always thought that getting a soundcard was a gimmick. One of those upgrades where, unless you had a thousand dollar speaker system, you wouldn't notice the difference. Yesterday I bought the Asus Xonar DG. A cheap soundcard, at only $21.00USD. Had it overnighted, and received it this morning.

WOW! That is really all I can say. I'm not using any fantastic sound system right now (that will be arriving tomorrow thumb.gif ), just a razer carcharias headset.

I play games, Battlefield, Skyrim, Dirt 3, all different types of games. I always listen to a large selection of music. Tool, Chevelle, techno, country, rock, a little rap. The boost in what I hear is unbelievable.

I have a analog> digital recording of a vinyl 24bit 98khz Tool album. I also have a few other similar recordings from vinyl. I never new that I was missing the small amount of static from the vinyl. I never knew that I was literally hearing only about 3/4 of the actual sound. I can honestly hear the tiny bits of distortion that come from it being a vinyl recording.

Techno? The bass is deeper. The highers are higher. But they aren't distorted. Listening to The Killers, in many of the songs there are chimes playing along with the beat.


In games: Just an overall increase in quality. I can't honestly single out any one thing. In battlefield, you can hear the tank rolling across the ground, as opposed to just the engine. Bullets bouncing off the wall.

Skyrim, arrows flying past you sound real.

Dirt 3, the sound the car makes when driving on gravel isn't a static-like sound. It actually sounds like you're driving over gravel.


I guess what I'm saying is, if you are even remotely thinking about getting a sound card, but not sure if you're listening devices warrant a sound card, take my advice. Get one, even my low end headphones sound so much better.


Edit: I just listened to Passive by A Perfect Circle.....I did not know there is more going on the the beginning than just that one acoustic. Tap me sideways and call me jimmy....
Edited by Marshmellow17 - 2/14/12 at 4:47pm
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Yeah man. I just upgraded to an ASUS Rampage IV Formula which has the SupremeFX III Supreme Sound and it sounds great. But not quite as good as the ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card that I had before but sold recently. Once you experience it, you'll never go back to onboard sound!
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+1

I know exactly what you mean Jimmy. I also received my DG yesterday and the difference is absolutely amazing! I can't understand why I dealt with onboard for so many years!
     
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I normally use a Xonar DX, but I had to go with Onboard when I sold it. That was three days of torture. Then my Essence STX came in and saved the day.
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Alright, So the speakers came in. Got everything set up. Played a bunch of music, messed around with the EQ to make it sound the best.

Just one problem...


BF3

Guns, explosions, they have no..punch. Explosions have the boom, but its still "flat" sounding. Guns dont have a crack or bang or boom. Just dull. Im not really good with EQ settings, and this being my first good speaker set up, I'm pretty sure there is a way to fix this. I'm just not sure how to, and I really don't want to keep using a headset for games. Can you guys help?

Edit: Fixed it. Forgot all about windows >.<<br />
Edited by Marshmellow17 - 2/16/12 at 3:18pm
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