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post #11 of 17
Asus Xonar Essence STX. Great card, but pointless if you aren't driving Sennheiser HD 650s, or a Klipsch 7.1 system.
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post #12 of 17
I'm using a Xonar DG, but it's 5.1 channel. If you want a relatively inexpensive PCI sound card, you might want to try the DS (7.1 channel). They also have front panel headers.
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post #13 of 17
I have the x79 sabertooth and only one graphic card (atm) so that should not be an issue. But I guess the ASUS Xonar Essence STX would work a bit better that the ST one. (which is just a wild guess)
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post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Eiht View Post

I have the x79 sabertooth and only one graphic card (atm) so that should not be an issue. But I guess the ASUS Xonar Essence STX would work a bit better that the ST one. (which is just a wild guess)

Wait isn't the integrated sound on Sabertooth boards already pretty high end? Don't quote me on this but you might be downgrading depending on the discrete card you buy.
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post #15 of 17
The Asus Xonar Essence ST/X is pretty amazing and i dont thiink the onboard sound on the sabertooth can compete in any way. But its better to buy good Headphones to utilize it right.
A lower priced Asus Card could do a good job, too. But if you are really planning to buy 150+ headphones, go for the STX.
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post #16 of 17
The issue with the head set is that it was a gift. And I cant say that I need a new one - this might upset the person who gave it to me...long story.
And I guess I wont connect my 5.1 system to the card since I never use it - also long story biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Ryleh View Post

Would it be more convenient to have a PCI-E or a PCI+power for you?

the xonar that is PCIe has conversion chip which requires a power adapter. i bought mobo with PCI so i could use my Xonar D1. If you are new and have no idea, the Xonar is very good all around card fo those who aren't sure what they want. One of the OCN member's made a sound card/speaker/headphone buying guide and xonar is listed as good all around buying guide.


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