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as in title, what do you think about the ASUS XONAR DSX?

It's for my sig rig. I only have a 5.1 set up but my current sound card has a hissing if the volume's too high or low; I've tried re-seating it and I've tried different speakers so pretty much narrowed it down to the sound card (I think).

I'm quite limited to choices but an alternative is the ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1

Thanks a lot
Edited by makecoldplayhistory - 12/10/12 at 6:37pm
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Ahhhh the horror of the volume hiss. This is what turned me into an audiophile.

The 5.1 card should work. With the on board amp, it SHOULD get rid of the hiss.
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Ahhhh the horror of the volume hiss. This is what turned me into an audiophile.
The 5.1 card should work. With the on board amp, it SHOULD get rid of the hiss.

I'd love a few thousand pounds for a really nice 2.1 setup!

Thanks for the reply.

Would you go for the DGX (5.1) over the DSX (7.1)? I assume that if you have 5.1 speakers, it works just as well on a 7.1 card, or will there be some missing sounds?

I've had to vacate the home office / spare room / man cave for a month and am only using cheap 2.1 speakers at the moment and it seems to work fine in stereo from my 5.1 card (besides the hiss, that is).
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I'd love a few thousand pounds for a really nice 2.1 setup!
Thanks for the reply.
Would you go for the DGX (5.1) over the DSX (7.1)? I assume that if you have 5.1 speakers, it works just as well on a 7.1 card, or will there be some missing sounds?
I've had to vacate the home office / spare room / man cave for a month and am only using cheap 2.1 speakers at the moment and it seems to work fine in stereo from my 5.1 card (besides the hiss, that is).

The reason I would tell you to get the 5.1 card is because it has an on board amp where as the 7.1 card doesn't.

To answer your question, if you put a 5.1 system into a 7.1 sound card, everything would be fine, but I don't see the point in buying 7.1 when you have 5.1.
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The reason I would tell you to get the 5.1 card is because it has an on board amp where as the 7.1 card doesn't.
To answer your question, if you put a 5.1 system into a 7.1 sound card, everything would be fine, but I don't see the point in buying 7.1 when you have 5.1.

Unless the 7.1 was a better card... smile.gif

How about the Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Audio PCIE? Is it 3x better than the DGX (it costs 3 times as much). Is it even better?

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Unless the 7.1 was a better card... smile.gif
How about the Creative SB X-FI Xtreme Audio PCIE? Is it 3x better than the DGX (it costs 3 times as much). Is it even better?
THanks

The 7.1 card is better, but since it is missing the amp, don't bother.

The creative sound card is better for gaming, but the audio quality of those creative sound cards have always been questionable IMO. You really don't need to worry about it. It would be one thing if you had spent a lot of money on speakers that would benefit from higher end audio solutions, but given the circumstances, I think you are fine.smile.gif
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The 7.1 card is better, but since it is missing the amp, don't bother.
The creative sound card is better for gaming, but the audio quality of those creative sound cards have always been questionable IMO. You really don't need to worry about it. It would be one thing if you had spent a lot of money on speakers that would benefit from higher end audio solutions, but given the circumstances, I think you are fine.smile.gif


Great.

Thanks again for the help.
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I would say the DSX is the better card. It gives you more options going forward, and if you compare the specs of the two side by side, the DSX has higher frequency range support, and generally better overall specs. It's not a HUGE difference, but considering the price difference is often negligible, I would go with the one that is a little better.
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I would say the DSX is the better card. It gives you more options going forward, and if you compare the specs of the two side by side, the DSX has higher frequency range support, and generally better overall specs. It's not a HUGE difference, but considering the price difference is often negligible, I would go with the one that is a little better.

Right, but the OP does not have the worlds most revealing speakers, otherwise I would agree. I say the 5.1 card will be just fine and then some.
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