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Asus Xonar STX upgrade from DG?

post #1 of 13
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Okay guys, my current situation is I have the Sennheiser PC360 Headset. I'm wondering if upgrading the from the DG to the STX is going to really have any noticeable upgrade for me using this headset? Or whether it is going to minimal difference in which case I stick to the DG.
post #2 of 13
STX is nicer and more powerful, but the biggest difference in terms of actual audio you may notice is really just going to be the range of volumes supported for different sets. I'd stick with the DG for those if you already have it.

Usually (not always, some conditions / exceptions / etc.) it's hard to reliably notice differences between sources if 1) you actually match the volumes carefully for a fair comparison and 2) don't know what you're listening to and just judge by the sound alone. The difference between the headphones and headsets is a lot greater when you get past trash-tier audio sources.
post #3 of 13
Get the Musiland Monitor02US instead, many people at head-fi, including myself, said it's better than the STX and half the price. And you can hook it up to any PC/Laptop.

I used to have one, it was amazing. I am going to order another one fairly soon.

I could definitely notice a huuuuuuuge difference when I used the Musiland over other soundcards/onboard. It was one of the best things I ever bought for my PC after the SSD. It really does make a huge difference in sound quality.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Atomagenesis View Post

Get the Musiland Monitor02US instead, many people at head-fi, including myself, said it's better than the STX and half the price. And you can hook it up to any PC/Laptop.

I used to have one, it was amazing. I am going to order another one fairly soon.

I could definitely notice a huuuuuuuge difference when I used the Musiland over other soundcards/onboard. It was one of the best things I ever bought for my PC after the SSD. It really does make a huge difference in sound quality.

The guy's a gamer (PC360 headset) - therefore a USB DAC won't swing it for surround sound in games or movies (Razer Surround software could be used via USB, but it isn't that good at all). An external DAC/Amp with optical in would work though, in conjunction with his existing DG.

OP - go with the STX. There won't be a great difference in games, but music will sound superb.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post

The guy's a gamer (PC360 headset) - therefore a USB DAC won't swing it for surround sound in games or movies (Razer Surround software could be used via USB, but it isn't that good at all). An external DAC/Amp with optical in would work though, in conjunction with his existing DG.

OP - go with the STX. There won't be a great difference in games, but music will sound superb.

Honestly I don't listen to a huge deal of music. I was thinking more game wise, but if the difference in games is going to be minimal then I don't think I can warrant spending out £130.
post #6 of 13
Well.. there you go then......................
post #7 of 13
That's true, I didn't think about that. The Musiland 02US is terrible for gaming precision, but excels when it comes to music.
post #8 of 13
I have a Xonar DGX and got my hands on a Xonar Phoebus to test the SQ recently. The Phoebus is pretty much the same in sound quality as the STX
Anyway, there was SOME difference, the Phoebus sounded a tad punchier and deeper. However, it was not a huge difference from the DGX.
I'm using Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones by the way, they have 250 Ohm. With your Sennheiser, I can safely advice you that an upgrade to the STX is not worth it. Even with a higher class headphone like the Beyerdynamic, I'd still only replace my DGX with an STX/Phoebus if money is really no issue.
post #9 of 13
The Phoebus sounds nothing like the ST/STX cards. I have used the Phoebus extensively and it was one of the worst cards I have ever used.

The card has quality components on it, but ASUS has not written proper drivers or firmware for it over a year and a half later.
post #10 of 13
The Phoebus has a marginally worse DAC chip than the STX. The headphone amplifiers are the same. And I really doubt that bad drivers make the card sound worse.
You're really hard pressed to find audible differences between those cards in a blind test.
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