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post #1 of 13
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Was never really big into the sound thing but I recently got a pair of AD700s to play games and listen to my deadmau5. I've heard that sound cards are miles better than onboard sound and I'm willing to spend up to ~$120, though if the difference won't be noticeable cheaper is always better. Also, if I can get significantly better performance for say $50 please tell me and I'll simply save up some cash.
post #2 of 13
The Asus Xonar series are good for gaming/music. I have a pair of AD700s paired with a Asus Xonar D1. The AD700 do not need a headphone amp so you wouldn't need to justify paying extra for a card with built-in headphone amp.
post #3 of 13
If the AD700s are anything like the HD555s they will benefit from an amp. However I'm under the impression that they do not need an amp at all. You could always grab yourself some external DAC with a headphone amp within that price range. Might be super awesome possum.

I know from experience the difference between onboard and even a cheap sound card is there. Is it radically different? Varies from person to person. For gaming purposes not so much as most sound is being processed via the CPU or lacking Direct 3D. Not many games do have that "umph" like they used to. However, it is more due to trying to play older games under windows Vista/7. Even under ALchemy the difference is still there.
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Bump, anyone else have opinions/suggestions?
post #5 of 13
I would get a Xonar with a built-in amp. I myself now use X-Fi Xtreme Audio => Pioneer 650W amp => HD555's. Not getting a sound card yet tho cause I need to buy a GTX570 and a Crucial 64GB SSD to the 1055T/GTX275 PC... But yes, an amped Xonar would be a good choice I think.
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The AD700's do not require a headphone amp so you would be good with an Asus Xonar DX, D1, or D2.
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Would there be a noticeable difference between the D1 and the DX?
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Not sure I don't own either but I wouldn't think that it would too much, I would go for the DX and save some money.
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-Asus Xonar Essence ST/STX
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post #10 of 13
i use my headphones with the asus sonar essence STX, works very well and i love having big 6,3mm jacks instead of those small ones.

also the analog RCA output is very nice. use that to play music from PC over a true P.A system
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