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post #1 of 12
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nevermind.. i went ahead and just bought one.
Edited by Ratjack - 2/16/12 at 2:43am
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post #2 of 12
Hi!Which one did you bought?

Let us know (when it's arriving) if you notice any difference in sound quality.guitar.gif
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by amigo092 View Post

Hi!Which one did you bought?
Let us know (when it's arriving) if you notice any difference in sound quality.guitar.gif

I went ahead and ordered the e9. It will be here on saturday along with the xonar DX biggrin.gif Ill post back here when I get it.
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post #4 of 12
Get it yet?
     
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by ALiShaikh View Post

Get it yet?

yes actually. I have been listening to it but honestly I could not tell a difference between using the amp and not using the amp. The amp made a huge difference when used with my laptops onboard sound, but the Xonar DX has no problem driving the DT770 pro 80 ohm headphones. I kept switching from just headphones>amp>Xonar Dx and headphones > Xonar DX and noticed absolutely no difference.

The Xonar made them plenty loud (max volume hurts my ears) and it has great lows, mids and highs. I dont feel like the amp improved anything... seemed more like a passthrough than anything.

I did like having an actual volume knob though... but not for 100 bucks.. so needless to say I am sending the amp back and just sticking with the Xonar DX by itself.
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post #6 of 12
Hi!I was going back and forth about buying an AMP in the near future.It really helped me making a decision.Thank you for the sincere words!smile.gif
post #7 of 12
Is the DX good for music as well?
     
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post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ALiShaikh View Post

Is the DX good for music as well?

I think it is. I have been listening to it quite a bit and dont have any complaints.
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post #9 of 12
I know games would sound better, but does Music sound a lot better than onboard? Like can you tell the difference between 320MP3 and Flac? And does this thing raise the soundstage and bass?
     
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post #10 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ALiShaikh View Post

I know games would sound better, but does Music sound a lot better than onboard? Like can you tell the difference between 320MP3 and Flac? And does this thing raise the soundstage and bass?

I notice a slight difference over onboard. The onboard is tons better than how it used to be so I feel a soundcard is an upgrade but its not HUGE. I dont really have any flac files so I cannot comment on that. If you have a PCI slot available the Xonar DG is also VERY good and has a built on amp. Only reason I returned mine is going sli blocked my PCI slot.
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