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post #1 of 14
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I am thinking about taking a dive into the soundcard market again. Currently I am using onboard sound and since I invested already a lot of money in my rig, why not add a soundcard.

I used to own a X-FI extremegamer and was fairly satisfied with it besides the horrible drivers and were a pain in the ass to install.

Budget is pretty wide.

I don't know if it would be worth for me to get a $200 sound card, but if you can hear the different noticeably (I am in no way an audiophile) I wouldn't mind spending that much.

Currently I have JVC HA-RX900 headphones and some creative 2.1 speakers.

I mainly will be using the computer to play music and video games.
post #2 of 14
IMHO, you're alright with onboard unless your speakers sound overly tinny (and you use them a lot)
Edited by cuad - 2/25/11 at 2:50pm
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post #3 of 14
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IMHO, you're alright with onboard unless your speakers sound overly tinny (and you use them a lot)
Yeah I don't know, I just really felt the difference from my last onboard sound to X-FI extremegamer so I wouldn't mind spending the money on it again. I would primarily be using the headphones or else the girlfriend complains about the noise
post #4 of 14
I would look up Xonar DX($100) vs Essence STX($200) on google and start a tally for all the people who say the upgrade was worth it and the other that don't. Those are the cards you should be focused on at either price range. Actually for 100$ you should consider the HT Omega Striker and the DX, but you'll get more results comparing the DX and the STX cause they're both ASUS. I wouldn't look at cards cheaper than these, and I'd wait for a sale to buy the DX or STX.
Edited by cuad - 2/25/11 at 3:17pm
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post #5 of 14
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Yeah I was looking at the ASUS Xonar series. Going to have to do a little bit of homework to find out what cards would be best suited for my interest.
post #6 of 14
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Ok so I have a question. I am still pretty interested in the ASUS Xonar series. In particular the cards in the 180-200$ range. With my curent headphones would I be able to hear the difference with let's say a $100 and a $200 sound card?


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I recently got the HT Omega Claro Halo and I completely love it. The built in headphone amp is wonderful and the drivers are so clean. I also have owned an XtremeGamer and Auzentech Forte which I do not recommend due to customer service being practically non-existent. But the HT Omega has been great. I have heard good things about the Asus line as well. The HT Omega Claro Halo would also last you a long time and grow with you through better headphones.
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post #8 of 14
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I recently got the HT Omega Claro Halo and I completely love it. The built in headphone amp is wonderful and the drivers are so clean. I also have owned an XtremeGamer and Auzentech Forte which I do not recommend due to customer service being practically non-existent. But the HT Omega has been great. I have heard good things about the Asus line as well. The HT Omega Claro Halo would also last you a long time and grow with you through better headphones.
Seeing that the HT Omega Claro is in the same price range as the ASUS Xonar STX do you know how these two cards compare to each other?


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post #9 of 14
From what I've read, the Claro Halo is an overall better card though both seem to be wonderful cards. This is one thread I was reading:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/27...-xonar-essence
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post #10 of 14
No need to get a very expensive card if all you do is listen to music. I would much rather have a decent card and better speakers then to have a good card and cheap speakers. Anyway, I went from onboard to the Asus Xonar DX and all I have to say is it is a lot louder now. I don't have to turn the volume up as high to get the same output. Bass is a lot louder and more robust it doesn't sound hollow, but deeper. The highs are also cleaner now then they were with onboard. I'm running the Logitech Z-5500.
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