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Only requirement is it has to have an amp for my HD555's, I listen mainly music and watch movies, and play games like BC2 a little bit. I'd be willing to go up to $100, but I really would like to stay around $70. I was looking at the Xonar DS, but wasn't sure. Thanks.
    
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Well if you need an amp for headphones the only cheap alternative is Xonar DG, I dont think there are any other soundcards with dediacted headphone amps under 100$
Edited by Grobinov - 2/21/11 at 7:33am
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Well if you need an amp for headphones the only cheap alternative is Xonar DG, I dont think there are any other soundscards with dediacted headphone amps under 100$
Xonar DS is better than Xonar DG
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Xonar DS is better than Xonar DG
True but it doesn't have an amp which the OP wants and it also lacks any Dolby Technologies you find on other Xonars
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Oh, I didn't realize that a soundcard with an amp costs so much more. I guess that I'll be fine without one. So would the DS be fine then?
    
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Oh, I didn't realize that a soundcard with an amp costs so much more. I guess that I'll be fine without one. So would the DS be fine then?
Yeah DS has great sound quality but it doesn't have Dolby Hedaphones (so no 5.1 on headphones emulation) other than that its a great soundcard.... As I said look into Xonar DG too it is only 5.1 and 96kHz but it has a headphone amp and Dolby tech built in and its really cheap. But if you are looking purely from SQ viewpoint the DS is better....
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The HD555 does not require an amp. Why do people still think it does?

Any proper sound card will be able to power the headphones just fine. Get a Xonar D1 or DX if quality is what you're aiming for.
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post #8 of 10
No one has suggested the DX.

I love mine, and it's $60 AR.
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I agree with the above comments based on your price range. I've owned several Asus cards both entry level and high end. Their music and movie playback quality is stellar.

From a gaming perspective, their sound quality is fine, mind you the X-FI cards provide better positional sound cues in games like BC2 (which is why I sold my excellent Asus D2X and went back to a creative product).
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Alright, I'm gonna go with the DS. It's $50 and have a $10 MIR, and it's the only one around my budget that is in stock on newegg.
    
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