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I'm sorry i just got home and realised the way i routed my wires, the audio cable is stretched to it's limit and cannot even reach higher by 15 cm to the mobo's audio output : |
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I happened to have a chance to conduct a subjective listening test before I sold my old rig. Other than the fact that the Realtek requires a higher volume level to match the Xonar DX, I was not able to hear any difference.
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post #13 of 115
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Originally Posted by sammkv View Post

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.

Straight from the datasheet....

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/datasheets/ALC898_DataSheet_0.60.pdf
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I used to have Creative Xtremegamer PCI and the DTS Connect (had to pay 5$ do unlock the function) sounded great sending 5.1 audio from my pc my home cinema with a optical cable. My last MB burned in a surge so I had to buy a PCI-e card, decided to go with a Asus DX but I am not happy with it at all. The drivers suck, I have to change the sound source from 5.1 to 2 speakers all the time and it only has Dolby Digital Live which has a worst bitrate than DTS Connect, therefore, sounding a lot worst, at least to me.
Do any of you guys have the same problems? If I decide to change my soundcard, which one do you recommend?

Cheers
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Quote:
Originally Posted by peck1234 View Post

Straight from the datasheet....
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/datasheets/ALC898_DataSheet_0.60.pdf

Those are the specs of the codec on paper, in a perfect world...real world performance is not as good when you put it in the context of a noisy PC motherboard and other noisy electronic components. The actual analog signal degrades. But that pretty much applies to every other DAC/ADC/Codec too.
Edited by Yor_ - 5/15/12 at 8:25am
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Well, now that I have an ALC898 chipset I will say its good, but Im still wanting more. Ive tried the Asus STX and was not happy with the bright output of the card.

So for now I just ordered a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041

So it's Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D vs ALC898 Curious to hear which offers more dynamics and clarity.

As, Yor stated SNR aint everything and I know. Hoping this will be a clear cut case.
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post #17 of 115
Stx isn't the problem if you're complaining about it being bright. Check your headphones or speakers. As for the dx, turn off all the dolby features. They don't make the fidelity of music or movies any better. Worse at best. The dx should sound much better after turning all the witchcraft off. You may have to eq your speakers appropriately depending on your ears and the quality of the speakers.

I would not buy the recon 3d

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Wow... interesting coincidence.

I also have the ALC898 and was close to buying either the STX or Core3D to upgrade it.

What has your experience been like having used all three now?

Can you comment on the differences between music/games and also what speakers/headphones you use?

Cheers
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Either Asus Xonar DGX 's or Creative's X-Fi Titanium HD will be far better than on board. Both are excellent sound cards. On board sound is horrid, no matter what the chip set compared to a dedicated card.
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Wow... interesting coincidence.
I also have the ALC898 and was close to buying either the STX or Core3D to upgrade it.
What has your experience been like having used all three now?
Can you comment on the differences between music/games and also what speakers/headphones you use?
Cheers

Get the Titanium HD over the Core3D stuff, or go with an Asus Xonar DGX, or STX.
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