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Asus Xonar DS for HTPC?

post #1 of 10
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Budget sound card. About $40 after rebate. Will be used initially with a set of Logitech X-540's, but a better set is on the horizon hopefully, though no z-5500's or anything.

Thoughts? Is this good for what I want? Or is it not much of an upgrade over the onboard sound on this?
post #2 of 10
I think i would be pretty decent for HTPC.
    
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But is it $40 greater than onboard sound?
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Depends..but yes to me it would be worth $40.
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What does it depend on?

Also, how's that G.Skill ECO memory? Looking in to buying some. Are those your own timings?
post #6 of 10
Xonar DS has much better sound quality than onboards but be warned it does not support Dolby decoding only DTS...
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post #7 of 10
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I'm not up on the audio...

What does no Dolby support mean?

EDIT: What about the Creative Audigy SE? It's about $10 cheaper. Same quality or what? And what of this Dolby/DTS issue?
Edited by CasanovaFly - 2/10/11 at 8:38am
post #8 of 10
Well it lacks Dolby Tech like: Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Pro Logic IIx(upmix stereo into 5.1), Dolby Headphone (virtual positoning with headphones) and Dolby Virtual Speaker Support

Some of dolby features are really useful for HTPC but it depends on whether you use them or not

DTS is another type of multi channel audio decoding and it supports this...

REagarding Audigy SE it can't compare to Xonar DS in sound quality but I don't know about other features beacuse I only heard it once...
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post #9 of 10
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Hmm, I might as well just shell out the extra $20 and go with the Xonar DX then. Good lookin' for that one?
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Xonar DX is definatelly a great choice it sounds great and it has great features too
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