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So I am about to go ahead and purchase the Asus Xonar Essence STX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010) from newegg and I had a couple of questions.

Basically the only soundcard I have ever owned (besides onboard sound) was the Creative X-Fi Titanium (80$ at the time) and the sound quality was amazing but the drivers where a mess to work with.

I am wondering what people think about this card here on OCN because I would never have dreamed about spending anywhere near 200$ on a soundcard but after the X-Fi kicked the bucket I can't live with onboard sound. At the moment I am rocking Sennheiser PC360 headset and I was actually blown away with how much MORE comfortable they are than my AD-900's and the sound quality of PC360 is really superb as well as the microphone. Now the STX has an amp I believe but I am not 100% what that does, but that it would make my PC360's sound even better. I primarily game and watch some netflix. Would this card be a good "gamers" soundcard paired up with my headset? I only ask because 190$ is a bit of a lot of money for me but I do really want this card and want to make sure it will good for my needs!

Thanks for any help in advance!
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If you're a gamer and you're using only pc360's there's really no need for that card. And yes an amp improves the sound because it drives the volume higher while maintaining quality. If you're uncomfortable with creative http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006 this works well OR if you can FIND one an auzentech forte is amazing.
Edited by 7hm - 4/1/13 at 1:04pm
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An asus DGX is all you really need. It has a little amp and everything. Everything after that is a diminishing return for the money with the PC360
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post #4 of 19
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Oh wow both much cheaper than the STX. Now the DGX has an amp and the DX does not and is more expensive....Oddly enough I feel more comfortable buying the more expensive one but man I really wanted to see what even a small amp can do...decisions decisions..
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Oh wow both much cheaper than the STX. Now the DGX has an amp and the DX does not and is more expensive....Oddly enough I feel more comfortable buying the more expensive one but man I really wanted to see what even a small amp can do...decisions decisions..

Both have a small amp. Asus does a piss poor job of advertising that feature on their cards to be honest.

Edit: UHHHHHHHHHH I am so tired of researching this. Every time I google this question I see people saying that it does and people saying that it doesn't. Very frustrating mad.gif

The main difference between the two is that the DX has higher fidelity than the DGX.

I will tell you though. The absolute best deal you can find is a good used creative sound blaster titanium HD. It has audio quality fairly similar to the STX. Since it has been around for such a long time, you can also find great deals on it. Someone not to long ago bout one for 20 bucks on ebay and it competes directly with the STX.

Again, the creative titanium also has an amp....and again, they just do a HORRIBLE job of advertising it.

Edit: this part is still true though.
Edited by Tjj226 Angel - 4/1/13 at 1:26pm
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post #6 of 19
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Again, the creative titanium also has an amp....and again, they just do a HORRIBLE job of advertising it.

The Titanium HD does not have a headphone amplifier. It has a dedicated headphone-out jack. It supports headphones with an impedance requirement up to 300 ohms. I did one of the very first reviews of the card. Nowhere on the PCB will you find an amplifier.
post #7 of 19
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Im leaning towards the Asus Xonar DX now...but it does not have an amp? but I do suppose that card will trump my onboard sound anyway.

The thing with creative is my X-Fi Titanium's drivers did no play nice with windows 8 (I know I use W8 an love it) so I had to get rid of it and settle for onboard. Also the X-Fi did not work with my front panel audio connectors for some odd reason.

I'm hoping that the Asus cards are amazing (or better) sound quality than the Creative X-Fi Titanium and the drivers will hopefully be less of a pain in the ass.
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You can't go wrong with the Stx or dx because sound cards won't change much in the next decade maybe. So its a worthy investment.

I have only owned Asus sound cards but they are amazing compared to onboard
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The STX is pretty amazing but only with decent headphones and i believe the dx is indeed a better choice for a gamer.
Never had really problems with the drivers (Wiindows 7) and i cant complain about anythiing.
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post #10 of 19
If you're willing to drop 200 on a sound card you can just get an external amp and a soundcard.. but then again the pc360's dont really have a lot of driving room. There's also alternative drivers you could try with creative.
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