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I'm currently using onboard sound and I want to to buy a sound card to enhanced my sound. Whats a good sound card? I'm trying to avoid creative. I'm currently using sennheiser HD558 headphones.
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If you're willing to use an external DAC, the Audioengine D1 is popular at $170 and would be a huge improvement.

The creative Z series is supposed to have better drivers than previous generations, otherwise the Asus Xonar line.
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Your HD558 shouldn't require a headphone amp since the Impedance is reasonably low. So, I'd agree with the suggestion of the Xonar cards above - a Xonar DX would easily fit your budget, but if you stretch it a bit, you might be able to get an Essence STX.

I haven't use any of the Creative cards in a long time, but I've heard some good things about the Titanium HD which should also be within your budget. Also something to think about is If you're going to be using your headphones for gaming, for example, it would be worth getting some opinions about Creative CMSS-3D vs Dolby Headphone on the Xonar cards if things like positional cues are important to you.
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What do you guys think of the xonar DG? I also found another Xonar DG with GX 2.5 any difference?
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Originally Posted by francisw19 View Post

Your HD558 shouldn't require a headphone amp since the Impedance is reasonably low. So, I'd agree with the suggestion of the Xonar cards above - a Xonar DX would easily fit your budget, but if you stretch it a bit, you might be able to get an Essence STX.

I haven't use any of the Creative cards in a long time, but I've heard some good things about the Titanium HD which should also be within your budget. Also something to think about is If you're going to be using your headphones for gaming, for example, it would be worth getting some opinions about Creative CMSS-3D vs Dolby Headphone on the Xonar cards if things like positional cues are important to you.

I used to have the Titanium HD. I didnt like it kept giving me issues while my old xonar DX did not. I'm going to test the Xonar DG but i'm wondering whats the difference of the Xonar DG GX 2.5 version. if its a big deal I might as well get the Xonar DG GX 2.5.... I just not sure if its worth it
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I used to have the Titanium HD. I didnt like it kept giving me issues while my old xonar DX did not. I'm going to test the Xonar DG but i'm wondering whats the difference of the Xonar DG GX 2.5 version. if its a big deal I might as well get the Xonar DG GX 2.5.... I just not sure if its worth it

OK I see. I'm not sure what the difference between GX2.0 and GX2.5 is...I could be wrong, but if I remember right GX2.0 still emulated up to EAX5. So, maybe GX2.5 has some other improvements with EAX emulation? Just a guess...maybe someone could chime in if they know the difference. smile.gif
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Just don't expect either one to work to be honest with you. In my experience GX causes issues more often than it works properly.
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Please excuse my ignorance but besides professional equipment like DigiDesign and the likes - what sound card costs more than $150?
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Asus Xonar STX, Clario Omega Halo XT, Creative Titanium HD, and soon the Sound blaster ZXR.
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