Originally Posted by mgxdrop
Hello, im new here. I'm from the Philippines where people cheapout most of the time when building their rig, but that's another story
I recently needed to buy a Sound Card when the other day i was playing then a sudden Lightning Storm came about. A powersurge (i think) came about and made the electricity flicker, and as a result my on-board (Realtek ALC889 on a gigabyte m750sli) audio got fried as well as my TV Tuner.
I'm no audiophile and i really am not into discrete audio when my monthly income is about us$500. I chanced upon discussions about audio cards and decided to get either the Xonar DSX /DS or DX since availability here in manila is very limited to parts like these although we have a lot of high end Graphic Cards, MoBo and Processors readily available in Stores, again the purchase was because of necessity. I have to stick to buying what they have in store since buying on-line is entirely a difficult proposition because of importation taxes/duties.
I ended up buying the DSX since it was about half the price of the DX and has pcie rather than PCI because i plan to retire my 4 year old rig soon.
As a casual Gamer, i immediately found the audio being to rich as compared to my on board audio. i fiddled around the settings to find out where i'd feel comfortable. but still i feel like the on-board audio is what i'm "used" to, that the DSX was giving me too much of what i expect from what i hear in my games. BTW i mainly use 5.1 speakers (logitech x540) i rarely use headphone, but when i do i use a Skullcandy Hesh, again because of cost considerations.
After trying it out in CoD AW2, H.A.W.X. and Starcraft2, there were sounds i didn't use to notice when i was on onboard audio. Does it mean that discrete audio is better for me? again i'd say it's not what i'm used to.
Trying it out on music from iTunes, playing Adele, U2, Sting, Soundgarden, Judgement Night OST, Bee Gee's and Barry White which were directly ripped from the CD using apple lossless encoder, i find the sound quality quite surprising. some of the odd hisses and unexpected clicks are now gone, i would say clearer and more distinct sounding music was given by this card. But i would say a little too clear. Although now i'm able to make the music louder without loosing quality even when the volume is turned on to the highest setting it's still clear unlike before when using the onboard audio.
Movies i will try latter, i'm still looking for a good HD movie to try out . And i'll be testing the DSX soon on my two other rigs an HTPC with an Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H and PhenomII X2 550BE and an Old Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H with a Q6600 just to have a fair comparison.
My Gaming/Photo Editing/Work PC has a Gigabyte M750SLI-DS4, Phenom II x4 940BE, Prolimatech Mega Shadow, Palit GTX 460 1GB, G.Skill 2x2GB DDR2-1100, Corsair HX750, 2x WD 640GB Black and 1 640GB Green on a Lancool k62.
Sorry for the very long post