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ASUS Xonar 5.1 PCI-E. I've never really been an audiophile, but I'm curious to see the difference. This one specifically has very mixed reviews, but I'm not sure if I'm to take that with a grain of salt, as a good majority of hardware has mixed reviews. If this isn't a good one, could someone recommend me one ~ the same price range? Would be using them with the Plantronics Gamecom 777
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Unless you have a noticeable problem with your onboard audio, a sound card will not improve that headset as much as say -- putting the money towards a better headset/headphones. There's decent DAC's on most motherboards these days. Discrete audio cards are usually only worth it after $150+ headphones.
Edited by FlighterPilot - 3/16/13 at 5:40pm
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Ah I see. I don't have any issues or any qualms with the quality, I was just like hey, why not. Can't get worse than what it sounds like now lol.
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The good thing about the DGX is you'd get louder and clearer audio out a headset/headphones because it has a headamp. Even if it isn't a high impedance pair of cans you might notice,depending on how good the Realtek DAC is on your mobo.
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It's only $40 and a decent card at that, try it out for fun if you can, can't realistically say you won't benefit from it just from reviews and other user experiences/info. Would probably do better saving the money and putting in for a normal set of cans imo though if you only use the Plantronics for gaming, could use others for music, movies, etc. But ehh, I say give it a shot thumb.gif
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Unless you have a noticeable problem with your onboard audio, a sound card will not improve that headset as much as say -- putting the money towards a better headset/headphones. There's decent DAC's on most motherboards these days. Discrete audio cards are usually only worth it after $150+ headphones.
I disagree with this, I have a 30$ headset and I can hear a noticeable difference when I got my xonar.
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I disagree with this, I have a 30$ headset and I can hear a noticeable difference when I got my xonar.

Well, I can't exactly prove you wrong, as I haven't heard your headset, or onboard audio on your motherboard, but I will say this -- I've tested my dt990's between onboard audio (w/ Fiio e11 amp), a xonar STX. I thought the xonar was better at first, but I couldn't tell the difference between the two in a blind test. Just shows to show how much of a sucker I am for a nice, expensive placebo.
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Well, I can't exactly prove you wrong, as I haven't heard your headset, or onboard audio on your motherboard, but I will say this -- I've tested my dt990's between onboard audio (w/ Fiio e11 amp), a xonar STX. I thought the xonar was better at first, but I couldn't tell the difference between the two in a blind test. Just shows to show how much of a sucker I am for a nice, expensive placebo.

Depends, I plugged my headphones into my friends onboard, heard nothing but noise on silent idle, was cringing already, sold him one of my older audio cards (X-Fi extremegamer Fatal1ty) for $60 and solved that problem. He noticed it immediately even through his mini logitech 2.1 system. Depends on your situation and what you're looking for.
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Well, I can't exactly prove you wrong, as I haven't heard your headset, or onboard audio on your motherboard, but I will say this -- I've tested my dt990's between onboard audio (w/ Fiio e11 amp), a xonar STX. I thought the xonar was better at first, but I couldn't tell the difference between the two in a blind test. Just shows to show how much of a sucker I am for a nice, expensive placebo.
Yeah I agree with that. I can definitely hear deeper bass and that "kick" effect between my mobo and the sound card. And I also work a lot in auditoriums as a sound tech.
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When I got my first sound card the Asus xonar DX it was much batter than onboard. Most onboard go up to 85 db and the one I purchase went up to 110db ish. I saw it was not only louder but much clearer. I could now hear very low frequency through my speakers that make it idea for dubstep . Asus is very good for multimedia while creative is good for gameing. And Asus has ok drivers the windows 8 drivers messed up my PC but I think they have fixed it now.
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