Originally Posted by djinferno806
It looks similar due to the same sound chip however thats where it ends. It uses an externel DAC and headamp so the card is totally different in that right.
Both the Xonar DX and SB Z have the same CS4398 DAC which gives it the exact same sound quality. The difference lies in the extra headamp that the Z has but the DX does not.
At this point it should be a no brainer to buy a Z instead. Its newer, better driver support and the control panel doesnt look like something that came out of a 90's freeware program. The only thing I can see that someone might want from the DX is the Dolby Headphone DSP, but even then I think its inferior to the SBX surround option.
I sold my STX for the Z just due to the issues with the drivers and control panel and inferior "sound" of dolby headphone.
I'm not so sure about the whole "newer" thing though,I've seen other users say that soundcards don't age like other PC hardware.
A friend of mine has a Xonar DGX,and I do agree Asus needs to overhaul the whole control panel,although it really isn't terrible,and could be worse,Creative software still takes up more ram than it should.
However newer software may make it sound better, Asus hasn't released an update for Windows 7 since 2011. On the other hand,Creative stops support altogether after they release something new.
I don't even bother with headphone 5.1/7.1 emulation software, it makes everything sound weird and unnatural,unless SBX does some crazy stuff.
Does the SB-Z sound any warmer or clearer than the DX? Is there any way to switch how much amplification the SB-Z puts out to avoid blowing out a set of lower impedance headphones? I know Xonar cards with op-amps can do this through the Asus software.Edited by Heavy MG - 3/10/13 at 11:28pm