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Realtek ALC898 vs Asus Xonar DX

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Seeing as some X79 boards support Realtek ALC898 and the upcoming Z77 boards will also support it, does anyone know how it fares against a decent Asus Xonar DX 7.1?

Wondering if there's any point getting an extra sound card on a pair of speakers like, say, the Swan M50Ws

http://www.swanspeaker.com/product/htm/view.asp?id=443]

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Edited by hansen6 - 3/29/12 at 12:14pm
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It looks like the main difference between the 898 and the 892 is the 898 supports Dolby Home Theater, while the 892 supports THX TruStudio. Aside from that, I haven't seen any real information released on the 898, even on Realtek's website. Due to a lack of information on it, I don't think I could really give a definitive recommendation either way.

The 898 might be a great on-board sound solution, but I imagine it's a slight incremental update. I would see an on-board sound card giving a vast improvement in sound quality or features being something that would be marketed at least a little bit. Going out of some cheapo Logitechs you probably wouldn't notice a difference, but I would personally spring for the Xonar DX. I imagine through the Swan's you would notice a difference. Whether it's enough of on to justify the cost, though, is all up to your ears.
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Thanks for the answer! And damn, thought I could save some money : /
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The ALC898 is Realteks lastest chipset, and achieves the highest SNR ratio out of ANY onboard solutions. (110DB SNR)

Really no need for a dedicated card...
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The ALC898 is Realteks lastest chipset, and achieves the highest SNR ratio out of ANY onboard solutions. (110DB SNR)
Really no need for a dedicated card...

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Just bought a Xonar DX. Tell me there will be at least the slightest difference.
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Just bought a Xonar DX. Tell me there will be at least the slightest difference.

The Xonar DX comes with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) then the motherboard. so that's a plus
But the Xonar DX's (& D1, DS, DSX) ability to drive headphones is not that great.
The Asus Xonar DGX (or DG) comes with a headphone amplifier, the Xonar DX, D1, DS, DSX. do not.
But, if all your doing is using the sound card for speakers, then the DX is a good choice.
You could always add an external headphone amplifier to the Xonar DX, which makes a good combo.
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The Xonar DX comes with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) then the motherboard. so that's a plus
But the Xonar DX's (& D1, DS, DSX) ability to drive headphones is not that great.
The Asus Xonar DGX (or DG) comes with a headphone amplifier, the Xonar DX, D1, DS, DSX. do not.
But, if all your doing is using the sound card for speakers, then the DX is a good choice.
You could always add an external headphone amplifier to the Xonar DX, which makes a good combo.

Thanks for the information =) got the dx and some swan m50ws. sounding pretty good.
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Just bought a Xonar DX. Tell me there will be at least the slightest difference.

Curious to see if you can "hear" a difference between the realtek and DX?

Personally I find Asus cards to be a tad bright and inaccurate.
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I doubt onboard has a 110db SNR, more around the low 90's.

The asus comes with decent dac's and opamps which shape the sound more than onboard.
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I've not tried the onboard sound, but I will when I get home and add some comments. THink my swans are still burning in as well. they are definitely audibly clearer than the onboard sound + creative iTrigue combo i was using before.
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