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In my honest opinion, the Realtek ALC898 on your MPOWER motherboard is a pretty decent on-board audio chipset. I don't think you're going to gain much by going to a Xonar DG or DX. Unless you're not getting enough sound volume from your MB audio, audio quality and S/N ratio are going to be similar to an aftermarket board. If you were running a $500 pair of headphones, I'd probably recommend a Xonar STX.

Greg

I'll look into it. From what I've read, even the latest onboard sound is still lacking when compared to mid-range sound cards.
    
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I guess thats a good point. I forgot that you could return items through amazon. My return period for my A500x ends on the 23rd of this month. I could order the AD700s and a sound card, test the two headphones out, and return the one that I do not want. Good call thumb.gif

That said, I'm not a big fan of open headphones. I prefer closed because I usually game later in the evening when everyone else is asleep. Does anyone know if the A700x is the closed equivalent of the AD700, or are they an entirely different headphone with a similar naming format?

For closed headphones, I know a lot of people really like the Audio Technica M50. I personally listened to it ages ago so I don't quite remember what it sounded like, just that I was fairly impressed with the quality at its price point. The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro is also a popular buy at for under $200 is definitely not a bad buy, though not the best bang for buck. With the DT770 however, you will want a sound card with an amp such as the Asus Xonar DG or DGX. Some people in the OCN Headphones and Earphones Club also mentioned Sony MDR-1R in a positive light as well. For the DT770 you should be able to audition it at a local Guitar Center and the Sony MDR-1R is typically up for demo at Best Buy.
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In my honest opinion, the Realtek ALC898 on your MPOWER motherboard is a pretty decent on-board audio chipset. I don't think you're going to gain much by going to a Xonar DG or DX. Unless you're not getting enough sound volume from your MB audio, audio quality and S/N ratio are going to be similar to an aftermarket board. If you were running a $500 pair of headphones, I'd probably recommend a Xonar STX.

Greg

So I've looked into sound card options compared to on-board. The Xonar DX does have a higher SNR, and even though the SNR is 110db on ALC898, people are still reporting a lot of background noise at higher sound levels with the latest Realtek codecs as compared to a dedicated sound card.

I've also been researching and a lot of claims state that sound cards are definitely worth the purchase, even with a $50 pair of headphones.

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For closed headphones, I know a lot of people really like the Audio Technica M50. I personally listened to it ages ago so I don't quite remember what it sounded like, just that I was fairly impressed with the quality at its price point. The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro is also a popular buy at for under $200 is definitely not a bad buy, though not the best bang for buck. With the DT770 however, you will want a sound card with an amp such as the Asus Xonar DG or DGX. Some people in the OCN Headphones and Earphones Club also mentioned Sony MDR-1R in a positive light as well. For the DT770 you should be able to audition it at a local Guitar Center and the Sony MDR-1R is typically up for demo at Best Buy.

Thanks for the info
    
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Cool deal! If you need more assistance and feedback, feel free to drop by the OCN Headphones and Earphones Club and ask if anyone can take a look at this thread. Once you do decide which one you want to buy, if you are willing and have the time, offer your impressions on whichever headphones you settled with. Have fun!
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In my honest opinion, the Realtek ALC898 on your MPOWER motherboard is a pretty decent on-board audio chipset. I don't think you're going to gain much by going to a Xonar DG or DX. Unless you're not getting enough sound volume from your MB audio, audio quality and S/N ratio are going to be similar to an aftermarket board. If you were running a $500 pair of headphones, I'd probably recommend a Xonar STX.

Greg

So I've looked into sound card options compared to on-board. The Xonar DX does have a higher SNR, and even though the SNR is 110db on ALC898, people are still reporting a lot of background noise at higher sound levels with the latest Realtek codecs as compared to a dedicated sound card.

Chip specs (tested in lab conditions on different hardware and layout) can be far different than what you see in the real world on a noisy computer mainboard next to all kinds of fast-switching electronics.

Depends a lot on the situation.

If you hear problems with your onboard, you should absolutely upgrade if you can afford to. Otherwise, don't feel like you have to upgrade.
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