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Just another question, is the OP AMP high quality? If not, will changing it make a world of difference?
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Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post
Just another question, is the OP AMP high quality? If not, will changing it make a world of difference?
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-review-6.html

here is a review with the components used in the card, it states that the op-amps are generic op-amps used in several consumer grade devices. They are suggesting they are nothing special.

On a side note, the op-amps to the DX are soldered to the PCB directly, and are not easily interchangable like the higher end Asus sound cards.

Im rather new to the audiophile scene, and my opinion doesnt hold a candle to some others on this site, however im more than pleased with the quality of the DX. Others on this site are as well. For the money, its one of the better cards you can get.
post #13 of 16
I'd go with PCIe card. USB DACs have significantly less features.
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I'd go with PCIe card. USB DACs have significantly less features.
PCI sound card technology is usually used to make up for the lack of space larger USB DACs have and the wealth of Class A circuitry USB DACs can provide. X-Fi cards utilizie positional audio, which is basically a virtual amplifier on top of the opamps. The crystallizer is basically a sound maximizer that EQs as it compresses.

X-Fi cards are, however, a decent solution to the consumer market for better audio.
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Buy my DX so I can get a Musiland DAC
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post #16 of 16
I vote for a DAC.

Listening my headphones on my uDac-2 vs my friends Xonar STX, I prefer my little usb DAC (so does he actually ). To my ears its defiantly clearer. I don't know what the people what the people and nuforce do, as the things is tiny, but it works surprisingly well. As a bonus you can hook speakers up to it and it will switch when you unplug headphones. However, the speaker output is not amped at all, so you will need to have powered speakers.

Some people like all the software that comes with a sound card. If you do then go that route I guess.
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