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If I'm going to be using a 2.1 system such as the Klipsch ProMedia or Corsair SP2500, will I notice a difference between a Xonar DG and a Xonar DX, for example? I have USB headhpones () for gaming so 90% of my listenting will be music. Should I go middle of the road with a DS? What kind of features do the pricier cards have that the cheaper cards don't?
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I wouldn't even think you could use USB headphones with a sound card. I would figure they would just bypass the card and goto the onboard audio. But I have zero experience with USB headphones. But I would assume getting a sound card for them would defeat the purpose of getting a sound card entirely.

Sorry to be a debbie downer.
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I wouldn't even think you could use USB headphones with a sound card. I would figure they would just bypass the card and goto the onboard audio. But I have zero experience with USB headphones. But I would assume getting a sound card for them would defeat the purpose of getting a sound card entirely.

Sorry to be a debbie downer.
Yes, the headphones have their own sound processor hence why I said I will be using the soundcard for music 90% of the time.
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I wouldn't even think you could use USB headphones with a sound card. I would figure they would just bypass the card and goto the onboard audio. But I have zero experience with USB headphones. But I would assume getting a sound card for them would defeat the purpose of getting a sound card entirely.

Sorry to be a debbie downer.
This.
The speakers will utilize the sound card, the headphones will not.
I can't tell you from experience how good that specific asus sound card will be, but it will be a noticeable improvement from using onboard sound (if you use the speakers with the card). My current ASUS sound card is awesome!
Get which ever one you can accommodate with your motherboard based on how many pci express or PCI lanes you have to spare.
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You guys don't get it. The headset wont be plugged into the sound card. He uses his headset for gaming so the SPEAKERS that will be plugged into the sound card will be used 90% for music. Beyond that, I don't know the specifics but I'd recommend you spend around $100 and not much more to get a really nice one. However, a sound card should depend completely on your budget, a $30 xonar is better than no xonar and a $90 xonar is better than a $30 dollar one. So, put it as the last thing on your list and spend you left over budget.
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post #6 of 8
The xonar DX uses better DAC's than the Xonar DG. So the DX will sound more clearer and fuller.
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For a speaker setup I would spend the extra and grab the DX. The DG is a more headphone-oriented card.
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post #8 of 8
I don't think the potential difference insound between the DG and the DS is worth their 30$ price difference.

From experience I don't think the difference in sound quality between a $30 sound card and a $100 card is worth $70 either. So unless you want to go crazy with a $200 card, which you don't, get the DG.
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