Originally Posted by epic1337
if all you can think of DTX is dual GPUs, then thats just so wrong, not creative enough, and not everything can benefit from dual GPUs.
sadly i'm short on things i can choose from, the only ones available are Xonar cards, already bought DX.
and the only available USB Xonar is U5 and U7 which are both inferior to Xonar DX.
Hardly, I would be happy seeing an extra 4x slot already, 1x is just completely useless. 4x gen3 has so many more applications, like PCIe SSD's, high end capture cards, RAID controllers, etc.
And are those really the only dac/amp's you managed to find?
Originally Posted by BirdofPrey
I contend that having extraneous junk outside your case IS inferior and serves to undermine the claim of being a small system in the first place.
if you can put a DAC inside a set of speakers (or better yet, headphones), great, but a random box on your desk next to your computer isn't as good as a card inside your computer.
I similarly don't care for power bricks which only serve to get in the way and add one more piece of extra junk to worry about.
Hmmm lets see here:
Takes a tiny bit of extra space on your desk(can be put on top of the monitor stand most of the time)
Add 1 or 2 cables depending on whether it needs additional power.
Available with superior amps and/or dacs
Enables swapping your entire audio between different devices with a single USB.
Some can be used on the go.
I'll take my O2 Dac+Amp over any soundcard any day, as the pros seriously outweigh the cons for me. As I have properly cable managed my desk so the extra cables aren't noticeable and its just sits on my monitor stand so doesn't actually take any extra desk space. And there isn't a soundcard that could properly drive my headphones with acceptable sound quality.
If you really care that much about saving a few square centimeters of space, sure go get a soundcard, but I prefer a proper setup.