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I'm tired of Creative's BS RMA so I'm getting either a sound card or a DAC. I don't care for surround sound, only 2 channels.

I was planning on getting the DX, but will a DAC make a difference?

I only have a AT AD300 at the moment and soon a RX900. I don't think I will be moving onto any high-end/high impedance cans anytime soon.
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Xonar DX all the way at that price point. How much are you willing to spend on the DAC?
Edited by youra6 - 12/24/10 at 8:16pm
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A sound card is a DAC and a DAC is a soundcard. I say get both. smile.gif

Anyway, look into EXTERNAL DACs if you are looking for something better.
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Technically no, since dacs don't have amps which the DX and most sound cards have. Just get the DX and be happy. I figure you're like most that dont have a lot of money to spend on audio equipment. `
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by youra6;11767595 
Xonar DX all the way at that price point. How much are you willing to spend on the DAC?
$100, I'm a poor person.
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Originally Posted by slytown;11767648 
A sound card is a DAC and a DAC is a soundcard. I say get both. smile.gif

Anyway, look into EXTERNAL DACs if you are looking for something better.
Of course I'm talking about external DACs, i.e. USB DACs. I can't get both, I don't have the money. It's one or the other.
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Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone;11767748 
Technically no, since dacs don't have amps which the DX and most sound cards have. Just get the DX and be happy. I figure you're like most that dont have a lot of money to spend on audio equipment. `
Technically they're all amps, low-powered amps.
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From an engineering standpoint, both a DAC and a sound card do relatively the same thing. It's just that one is external and the other is internal. Sound cards consist of a DSP, a DAC chip and then the output stage centered around operational amplifiers (opamps). DACs sometimes lack a DSP but generally, the operation is similar. They all have amplifying stages but in many cases there's a difference between the power output of a DAC/sound card and a full-blown solid-state or tube amplifier.
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post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone;11767748 
Just get the DX and be happy.

I agree, for the money I think it's the better option.

An external DAC/amp would only be beneficial if you were planning on upgrading to mid/high end headphones, which you said you aren't.
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Alright DX it is
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FearSC549;11776944 
Alright DX it is

I agree, im happy with mine, definately made my less than stellar HD212's sound a ton better.
Quote:
Originally Posted by rmp459;11771604 
Xonar DX w/ Unified Xonar Drivers.... This guy did the drivers right.. lol

Is there really a purpose in using these drivers, ive really had no issues with the Asus drivers. It appears the main issue is with upmixing to 5.1 surround, being that I only have a 2.1 system and headphones this wouldnt really apply to me, is that really the only thing the drivers that this guy made are good for?
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