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I'm not looking for audiophile quality but i have a set of senheiser 558's and was wondering if the on board would be good enough to for these headphones. Has anyone owned this motherboard and actually gotten into the audio aspect>?
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I only used the onboard sound for about 2 months and while it wasn't what I considered top of the line it was certainly decent, I ended up getting a Xonar ST for it which to me sounds way better. Sorry if you were looking for a more technical answer, I'm not a huge audiophile and I bought the Xonar ST on a whim but after getting it installed and going I can say it is a much better sounding peice then the onboard.
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Thank you, and thats all the answer i really needed. I just didnt want to blow good money on a sound card if im only gonna get a difference that an audiophile can notice ya know. Thank you Linear
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No worries!
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I used the on-board for a while, before I bought my "DJ" sound card (Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 USB). Needless to say, the Traktor is superior in sound richness and bass/high balance. I'm currently saving for a Xonar Essence (PCIE). The on-board isn't too bad, and I still use it to separate Skype calls from my gaming stream (audio mix workaround is great). However, unless you have some decent quality headphones (I'm talking the 130$+ range) or analog speakers*, you probably won't benefit from a higher-end sound card on the sound quality itself.
Remember: A sound set-up is only as good as it's lowest-grade component.(unless you use TosLINK)

TL;DR:
Unless you have good headphones or a high quality home cinema, you probably won't notice how "average" it is.

Personal note: the on-board tends to give me headaches. I have sensitive ears, though, and it's probably just something in the sound quality that my brain doesn't like.

*TosLink is digital to digital/pass-through, the sound card isn't affecting the sound of your high-end home cinema.
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The on-board sound on the Crosshair V is pretty decent, but if you haven't heard something better, you probably won't know what you're missing. =) A Xonar STX or a quality external DAC would be noticeably better if you have discerning ears, but most people won't be able to pick apart the differences without an oscilloscope.

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The thing youll get with a better sound card is a bigger headphone amp. Thats what makes it sound so much better. The headphone amp on the stock card isnt going to be that powerful where the headphone amp on an aftermarket sound card will be much more powerful and sound much better.

I use a Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 system with my headphones (also a set of 558's) and it works great and sounds great using the speakers as well.
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concerning "better headphone amp"... If I use the onboard, I need to keep the volume under 10/100 or my ears would hurt. I don't think an external amp is needed.
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Originally Posted by Tarnix View Post

concerning "better headphone amp"... If I use the onboard, I need to keep the volume under 10/100 or my ears would hurt. I don't think an external amp is needed.

Dont confuse more power with louder. Granted more power does mean it can get louder but thats not what its all about.

Take music for example. It doesnt take a lot of power to hit volumes that will hurt your ears. Thats easy. High frequencies dont take a lot of power to reproduce loudly so you can crank up Disturbed to a painful level with a stock CD player in your car. However, the subtle breath and intricate details of the stand up bass on a Diana Krall tack do take more power to reproduce with more impact and dynamics. Thats what its about. Not being loud but rather being dynamic, impactful and realistic.

Same with gaming. The big explosions and other loud things dont need the extra power, but the subtle little sounds like in Dead Space for example or the gasping of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider will be more dynamic and real. With a smaller, weaker amp, those subtle details wont be brought to life as well and even the loud explosions will have more impact and sound more real with a more powerful amp.
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