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Asus Xonar DSX vs Realtek ALC889

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Hello, I'm considering purchasing the Asus Xonar DSX, because I've heard and read a lot about the fact that a dedicated audio card will make a noticeable difference from an on board solution - especially from the Realtek ALC889 that I have on my board.
I have Philips SPA5300 2.1 speakers and I listen to a lot of electronic music, watch a lot of video and run games from time to time.
do you think that it is worth to buy the Xonar DSX?
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Do you ever plan on getting different speakers or headphones?
 
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The Xonar DSX costs more than the speakers (in Finland).
I recommend to spend the money on better speakers rather than on a soundcard.

If the onboard sound makes hissing/popping sounds then a soundcard would be a good buy. I even made a EMI-shield for my Xonar DG (from aluminium-foil and cardboard) as I was able to hear small popping noises. Going to do the same thing to my D1 too.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 7/14/13 at 5:33am
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Not in the near future.... but maybe a headset.
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I'd wait until you upgrade
 
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