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Hey guys, I'm in the market for a good starting sound card that's gonna be used for playing A LOT of music (99% of the time) and was thinking of buying the Xonar DS; now, my question is: is the Xonar DS good for it's price range, and are there any options beside it? (It's the one recommended in OCN's recommended audio products)

Also, here's my motherboard. According to ASUS's website, the Xonar DS requires a PCI port; now, my mobo has one, but the problem is.... Some merchant websites listed the Xonar DS with a PCI 7.1 port requirement or something like that (I didn't even know that existed), will the Xonar DS work with my motherboard?


Anyway, I would really like some insight on this; thanks in advance!


P.S.

How does the FiiO e11 compare to the Xonar DS in terms of sound quality?
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Although I haven't personally used it, I've heard the DS is quite good, especially for headphone listening.

No idea what a PCI 7.1 port is but your motherboard has two PCI slots which will work fine with the card.

The e11 is a USB headphone amp, isn't it? A bit different than a sound card, as it is meant to power deliver power to headphones that require more than most players can provide. USB sound cards/amps also take up processor cycles, which can slow down your computer.
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No idea what a PCI 7.1 port is but your motherboard has two PCI slots which will work fine with the card.
I know right.


Quote:
Originally Posted by airplaneman View Post

The e11 is a USB headphone amp, isn't it? A bit different than a sound card, as it is meant to power deliver power to headphones that require more than most players can provide. USB sound cards/amps also take up processor cycles, which can slow down your computer.

Oh I see.


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No idea what a PCI 7.1 port is but your motherboard has two PCI slots which will work fine with the card.

PCI 7.1 doesn't exist. The latest revision is 2.3/3.0 and it's EOL now anyways.

7.1 isn't related to PCI but to the card capatibilities, means that it's able to output to a 7.1 channels soundsystem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.1_surround_sound

If you want a good and cheap USB DAC I'd check the FiiO E10. thumb.gif
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What speakers or headphone's are you going to use ?
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What speakers or headphone's are you going to use ?

Using a Superlux HD661 at the moment, but I might upgrade in the future.
    
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Also, I'm kind of worried; my motherboard's PCI slots look like this but the card's PCI adapter looks like this (PCI slot has 2 sections; card's adapter has 3 sections).


I'm pretty sure this won't matter but I'm kind of worried since this is my first time working with a PCI card.
    
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It's fine, just that there are different plugs like x4/x8... all PCI slots are like that.
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If your interested, I will be posting a Xonar DS with upgraded OpAmps in the OCN marketplace soon. Let me know if your interested before I post it. wink.gif
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