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post #21 of 29
i think the "acm" is a gimmick IMO. I'm sure the ZxR will sound great if you have never listened to anything like m50s with a real sound card. I can't comment on which one is more but that ZxR isn't cheap
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by vltor View Post

So should I haven't purchased the creative labs Zx?

I thought you did buy the Zx?
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Originally Posted by JAM3S121 View Post

i think the "acm" is a gimmick IMO. I'm sure the ZxR will sound great if you have never listened to anything like m50s with a real sound card. I can't comment on which one is more but that ZxR isn't cheap

The ZxR is the top of the line ($250), Zx is middle, and Z is bottom. I think the ACM isn't a gimmick any more than any of the older cards that came with their own front panels. The bonus of the ACM is that it has volume control for whatever is plugged in, plus a built in mic (that part may be a bit gimmicky)

In this case, though, the ACM won't give the best sound through the headphones. To get that, you would need to plug them into the amped jack (the 1/4" jack) on the card itself.
post #23 of 29
Can the ZX or the Z amp headphones through the front panel?
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I thought you did buy the Zx?
The ZxR is the top of the line ($250), Zx is middle, and Z is bottom. I think the ACM isn't a gimmick any more than any of the older cards that came with their own front panels. The bonus of the ACM is that it has volume control for whatever is plugged in, plus a built in mic (that part may be a bit gimmicky)

In this case, though, the ACM won't give the best sound through the headphones. To get that, you would need to plug them into the amped jack (the 1/4" jack) on the card itself.
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Honestly all you need is the Asus Xonar DX, I've done my research when building my rig and I had the same problem on choosing the best sound card for my needs and the DX was the one. It powers my AD700s/m50s/and A40s well, I'd save my money instead of spending more than you need on a sound card for a better pair of cans.

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You can sometimes find a titaium hd for under $70 and they are worth it over a DX IMO.
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Agreed. The Titanium HD holds a special place in my heart as it is the first sound card I've had that I consider a "true all-'rounder": it's excellent at music, fantastic at movies, and unbelievably good with games! It's the first time I haven't had to run/own 2 sound cards!!
   
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You can sometimes find a titaium hd for under $70 and they are worth it over a DX IMO.

Sadly I couldn't find one for around that price when I was buying all my parts so I had to get the DX.tongue.gif
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Can the ZX or the Z amp headphones through the front panel?

Not that I know of. The only port that is connected to the internal amp is the 1/4" jack on the back of the card.
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Sadly I couldn't find one for around that price when I was buying all my parts so I had to get the DX.tongue.gif
B&H Photo Video has the Sound Blaster Z for $79USD( not sure if it is the model with Nichicon FG caps). Newegg has the DX for the same price. Does the markdown mean the DX is inferior to the SB-Z,or is Asus planning for something new?
I'm still really torn on which one to get,the fact that the audio card market is so stagnant doesn't help either,lol. The headphone amp on the Z is somewhat useless if the amp is can only be used by plugging headphones into the card,I wish creative would have implemented it better,even the $30 Xonar DG has front panel amplification.
Edited by Heavy MG - 3/11/13 at 3:07pm
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