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I've heard several people saying that they use this combination...My question is, how much better is this combination than a 5.1 gaming headset such as the Razer Megadolon (which I currently own)?

I mostly play FPS's - CS:S is my main game.
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I am going to put a few things together here.

First off.. Sennheiser > Razer for audio.. hands down
2nd, from what you are saying, it would appear to me that you are currently using onboard sound

Xonar DG > onboard

Therefore, I would state that Xonar DG + Sennnheiser HD555s > onboard/Xonar DG and anything Razer every comes out with
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How would the HD555's sound with an onboard card compared to the Xonar DG? Would it be that noticeable of a difference?

...Or is it only worth the upgrade if I go up to the Xonar DX?
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How would the HD555's sound with an onboard card compared to the Xonar DG? Would it be that noticeable of a difference?

...Or is it only worth the upgrade if I go up to the Xonar DX?
You said you plan on gaming with it. If that's the case, avoid the DG/Xonars entirely.
    
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How would the HD555's sound with an onboard card compared to the Xonar DG? Would it be that noticeable of a difference?

...Or is it only worth the upgrade if I go up to the Xonar DX?
It will sound like $10 Apple earphones. Onboard is garbage.

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You said you plan on gaming with it. If that's the case, avoid the DG/Xonars entirely.
Well, the Xonar is still going to be better for FPS gaming than onboard from my experience. It just isn't as good as an X-Fi but it'll do pretty well with racing games, stategy, RPG, etc.
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You said you plan on gaming with it. If that's the case, avoid the DG/Xonars entirely.
i bought ST for gaming!!
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It will sound like $10 Apple earphones. Onboard is garbage.


Well, the Xonar is still going to be better for FPS gaming than onboard from my experience. It just isn't as good as an X-Fi but it'll do pretty well with racing games, stategy, RPG, etc.
I wouldn't be so quick on dismissing his on-board audio, it may well be pretty decent depending on his motherboard.

And as I said before, if he plans on gaming, he should avoid all ASUS Xonar cards completely, as they're only good for music listening/HTPC use. They would be worse than his "garbage" on-board for gaming, since they use GX which is worthless software-level EAX emulation not officially supported by any game.
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Xonar's are great for media but I wouldn't recommend them for all out gaming.
The X-Fi's are good for media (depending on your config), great for gaming.
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I wouldn't be so quick on dismissing his on-board audio, it may well be pretty decent depending on his motherboard.

And as I said before, if he plans on gaming, he should avoid all ASUS Xonar cards completely, as they're only good for music listening/HTPC use. They would be worse than his "garbage" on-board for gaming, since they use GX which is worthless software-level EAX emulation not officially supported by any game.
I've always turned off GX on my Xonar D1 when I had that as my only sound card.
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If you have a newer motherboard, I promise you that you won't hear anything special from Xonar DG, ANYTHING.
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