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What would be a good step up from my current sound card ?

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Well Im going to buy new headphones soon, and I dont want my soundcard to hold them back or anything, so if there is a relatively cheap sound card that is an upgrade from the integrated sound card I am currently using please let me know.
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Xonar D1
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or Xonar DX depending on your board...

Also and xonar DS and DG are even cheaper, though I am not that familiar with them I am pretty sure that almost any dedicated sound is gonna beat onboard.
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Originally Posted by Eskanasi View Post
Also and xonar DS and DG are even cheaper, though I am not that familiar with them I am pretty sure that almost any dedicated sound is gonna beat onboard.
This isn't true if your onboard is the Realtek ALC889.

OP, I say buy the DX from someplace where you can return it easily. Sound is very subjective and you may not notice a difference that you feel is worth $80, even with more expensive head phones.
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depends on what you mean by 'cheap'......
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Is there a lot of difference between the DX and the D1 ? The price difference is like 10 euros...so just wondering if its worth the extra bucks or not. I am not an audiophile by any stretch but I do like a decent experience.
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Is there a lot of difference between the DX and the D1 ? The price difference is like 10 euros...so just wondering if its worth the extra bucks or not. I am not an audiophile by any stretch but I do like a decent experience.
There's no difference. One card just connects via PCI, the other via PCIe.
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There's no difference. One card just connects via PCI, the other via PCIe.
and the DX needs a 4 pin power connector, but comes with an adapter that will connect to molex if you need it.
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