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Audigy SE vs Xonar DS vs on-board VIA VT1818 ?

i currently am using my on-board Via-VT1818. BUT i also have la audigy SE 7.1 lying around that can be used?

would the xonar DS be better then the latter 2?

I play constantly am on a PC and I use a 2.1 Speakers and nothing else

**Updated**

installed my old Audigy and it was a world of difference..bass heavy songs no longer had AS distorted lows..but this begs the question..im going to a local PC store tomorrow..its gonna be either Xonar DX or the Auzentech Forte ..which one is better for a 2.1 setup and for my DT770(250ohm)?
Edited by Takonic - 3/5/11 at 10:42pm
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post #2 of 10
VIA VT1818
Audigy SE
Xonar DS.

In that order, if you already have a Audigy SE sitting around you can try the modded drivers from Daniel K, have a look at this thread.
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...it-into-x.html
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mr soft View Post
VIA VT1818
Audigy SE
Xonar DS.

In that order, if you already have a Audigy SE sitting around you can try the modded drivers from Daniel K, have a look at this thread.
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...it-into-x.html
thanks alot, installing the card in about 5 mins

plugged it in..definately more punchier bass and the volume knob on my z-2300's doesnt need to pass the quarter mark to be as loud anymore..

think i still should get a Xonar DS and leave my Audigy SE as a backup/spare for another pc?
Edited by Takonic - 3/5/11 at 4:58am
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installed my old Audigy with the above Xi-Fi drivers and it was a world of difference..bass heavy songs no longer had AS distorted lows..but this begs the question..im going to a local PC store tomorrow..its gonna be either Xonar DX or the Auzentech Forte ..which one is better for a 2.1 setup and for my DT770(250ohm)?
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Something with an amp. 250 ohms is a lot, lol.
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post #6 of 10
If you can afford the Auzentech Forte, you should get the Titanium HD instead. It has an amplifier in it and does music pretty well on top of being probably the best gaming card on the market below 200 dollars.

It's 135 on Amazon.

Also, Forte's have a bad habit of dying after a year.
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post #7 of 10
Actually, the Titanium HD does not have an amplifier in it. It does use a really good DAC chip and decent buffer operational amplifiers (LME49710).
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The Forte is a wonderful card. HOWEVER, mine died after 8 months or so and Auzentech is TERRIBLE at customer service. I would highly recommend the Claro Halo I have though it is a bit more expensive than the other choices you are considering (but it is a better card to make up for it). I've also owned a Creative XtremeGamer which I liked but drivers were messy (not unstable, but lots of unnecessary crap). You can get them refurbished through Creative for decent prices.
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so, the Forte is ruled out..claro is definately WAY over budget ...though shipping seems to kill if i have to order online..as the price for a forte/titanium HD is over budget....but it seems leaning to titanium just due the ease of availability locally and not be shipped
Edited by Takonic - 3/6/11 at 3:52pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post
Actually, the Titanium HD does not have an amplifier in it. It does use a really good DAC chip and decent buffer operational amplifiers (LME49710).
THAT'S RIGHT. My bad. I don't know why I thought they had a headphone amp. I think when I was reading through reviews on it all the confusion and misinformation got that information stuck in my head. You're absolutely right though. They do not have an amp. I think they power up to 330 ohms though, which is pretty good?
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