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What's the best sound card for around $25? I was looking at the Xonar DG and the Audigy SE, which is better?

Also, I know everyone asks this question but will the change be noticeable enough to help with immersion while gaming? I'm currently using the integrated sound on my Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3.

Thanks.
post #2 of 6
bigger question is, what is your current speaker setup?
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I would say Xonar DG. I am using it with DT-770 headphones.
Beats my Xonar D1 when used with headphones. The reason most likely is Xonar D1 100ohm ouput impedance VS Xonar DG ~10ohm output impedance --> dampening factor.
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post #4 of 6
Also Xonar DG has front panel output and Audigy SE doesn't so if you need front panel audio output then you probably want to go with Xonar DG.
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I have a pretty cheap 2.1 speaker setup. Going to use it mostly with my headphones though. I think I'll get the Xonar then. Thanks!
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I was in the exact same position you were in. I got the Xonar DG and I use it with an old 2.1 speaker set up (can't tell much difference with that) and I use it with surround headphones where I can hear a HUGE difference! I love having my soundcard, the DG is a fantastic choice!
 
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