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I know "subsonics" can effect music/feeling for sure...why not supersonics?
I don't think subsonics and supersonics are even real words smile.gif Ultra and Infra-sound?
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I know "subsonics" can effect music/feeling for sure...why not supersonics?
I don't think subsonics and supersonics are even real words smile.gif Ultra and Infra-sound?

NO!

It's whatever I say it is. smile.gif
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NO!
It's whatever I say it is. smile.gif
Not the first time you've been wrong, kid.
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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 smile.gif

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.

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Sorry for the very long post

That board has 108 signal to noise ratio, 2 less than the ALC898, which itself is only 6 less than the Creative Zx. Can those minute differences really be meaningful?

Also I looked up the Digidesign digi001 computer sound recording professional hardware and that was only 98! So the ALC898 has better reproduction capability than a lot of records recorded in the 2000s based on SNR. Really?
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NO!
It's whatever I say it is. smile.gif
Not the first time you've been wrong, kid.

u rite dawg i jus sold mah hedfoenz n get me sum dre beetz deez da shizzlenizzle. ima dribble down in va.

bout to sell awf mah pc n get me an alienwhere
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u rite dawg i jus sold mah hedfoenz n get me sum dre beetz deez da shizzlenizzle. ima dribble down in va.

bout to sell awf mah pc n get me an alienwhere
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The first six pages of this thread are great. Simca chimping out in the last three is gold.
Edited by cuad - 2/10/13 at 12:13pm
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The first six pages of this thread are great. Simca chimping out in the last three is gold.

Yea hehe also I wonder who repped me, that was fun. biggrin.gif
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I may have killed my STX. So, I'm using a motherboard with an ALC898 and its painful.
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I may have killed my STX. So, I'm using a motherboard with an ALC898 and its painful.

Can't really compare the two...
 
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