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First Sound Card Xonar DG: Worth It?

post #1 of 16
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Was looking for some opinions on whether I should get this Xonar DG sound card. NCIX has it for just $20 and I have never owned one before. So I'm seeing if would be worth to get it over my onboard audio which right now is Realtek.

I don't need much, just an improvement in performance and software from what I have now.

Thanks,
post #2 of 16
I have one and it'll beat the tar out of any onboard setup. A worthy grab for $20 imo. It's a budget card, to be sure, but a decent improvement.
post #3 of 16
It's worth it. What does your audio setup consist of?
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by d-block View Post

It's worth it. What does your audio setup consist of?
So far just my monitor but lately I've been using my Tritton headphones since HDMI is screwed up. My next question was towards a decent speaker set under $40 or so.
post #5 of 16
My 1st sound card was DG too. It is worth every penny!!!
Since It 's a great upgrade from my 4 years old motherboard.
And I use headphone 80% of the time thumb.gif
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post #6 of 16
I've got the DG too. Very nice sound when I use my earbuds, but having sound is always nice. Go for it! It's pretty cheap too thumb.gif
post #7 of 16
I am using the DG with my Sennheiser 595's until I can afford a better card and I definitely noticed a difference from onboard. I say go for it!
post #8 of 16
Worth every penny.

I was using my Ultrasone Pro 550's when i switched from motherbaord to DG.. and it made a very big difference in every aspect.

Keep in mind that, this card has a amp inside it for headphones. That is somethign your onboard will never have. If there is any reason to buy it, this is the main one.
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post #9 of 16
I know the DG is cheap. It is 100% worth it. But, I feel I have to say that you should be considering the DGX, which is the same card with a PCI-Express bridge chip that allows it to use a PCI-express slot.

The DGX requires no external power and it would be future proof. Motherboards are dropping PCI slots like crazy, so buy the DGX and you can have the best of both worlds.

The DGX is currently $39.95 at NewEgg., but there was a rebate on it, and ASUS and NewEgg have those very often with the budget cards at NewEgg and Amazon.

Just my two cents.
post #10 of 16
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Alright, thanks guys for all the input. The DGX does look nice since it could use my free PCI-E slot. But I need to save some money for better headphones.
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