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Upgrade from SupremeFX IV onboard audio

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Could this be considered as a good upgrade from my on board Maximus V Formula sound card?

Edit: Would it better to get a PCIE sound card like the Sound Blaster Z or Zx? I will be using this with my Audioengine A5 speakers.
Edited by captvizcenzo - 12/1/13 at 4:03am
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The main selling point of X-FI Surround 5.1 is that it is a USB DAC with 5.1 surround sound capability. If you don't need the 5.1 speaker capability, the "Creative Labs sound blaster x fi hd pro" is probably a better product. I got the later and it works just fine driving standard headphones such as Koss Porta Pro or Sennheiser HD555. In either case, these are meant primarily for laptop users. I would have preferred using a PCI sound board on a desktop.
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Yeah, that's what I thought. Since I don't own a laptop, I might not need a USB DAC. The only thing that attracts me to get it is the remote control. tongue.gif

Anyway, most of the time I will only be using my Audioengine A5 speakers. Since this is my first time venturing to buy a dedicated soundcard, would it be worthy to get the Sound Blaster Z or Zx as an upgrade from the onboard Supreme FX IV? Would I notice significant improvement? I know this is a very subjective question, sorry. redface.gif
Edited by captvizcenzo - 12/1/13 at 4:04am
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Samsung F3 1TB 2 OCZ Vertex 4 128GB in RAID0 Custom Loop (DD M6, Koolance D5 top with 80mm r... Windows 7 Pro 
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Samsung F3 1TB 2 OCZ Vertex 4 128GB in RAID0 Custom Loop (DD M6, Koolance D5 top with 80mm r... Windows 7 Pro 
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