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post #11 of 28
$200?

Jesus H....

Used? About £50 in the UK

Slayer would sound awesome, or about as awesome as Slayer could sound lol
post #12 of 28
^over his budget but all up to him.
post #13 of 28
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How's the Xonar DS? It's basically right in my price range, and looks pretty good for gaming.
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hi OP, since you have a nice x58 motherboard, I'm guessing that your current onboard sound is provided by the Realtek ALC889. If this is true, I can confidently tell you than ANY sound card under $80 is a waste of money. The ALC889 is superb.
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post #15 of 28
Don't buy new..Open Box or used is the way to go for sound cards, they are nearly indestructible and you're just overpaying if you buy new
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post #16 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad View Post
hi OP, since you have a nice x58 motherboard, I'm guessing that your current onboard sound is provided by the Realtek ALC889. If this is true, I can confidently tell you than ANY sound card under $80 is a waste of money. The ALC889 is superb.
Seriously? I don't know what planet you're from, but the ALC888/889/1200 is a piece of trash with a high noise floor, poor dynamic range and makes a FLAC audio file sound like an 128 kbps MP3.
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post #17 of 28
My XtremeGamer sounds amazing compared to my onboard. Love it. Didn't break the bank either, bought used for roughly $40 off OCN.
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post #18 of 28
I bought the Xonar DX this afternoon and I don't know that the sound is substantially better than my onboard was, to my ear anyway.
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post #19 of 28
Have you tried messing with the equalizer settings to see if that will improve the sound enough not to need a sound card?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BillOhio View Post
I bought the Xonar DX this afternoon and I don't know that the sound is substantially better than my onboard was, to my ear anyway.
What music bitrate are you listening to? What headphones/speakers are you using? If they're trash, then obviously you shouldn't be expecting a miracle.

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Originally Posted by mrwalker View Post
Have you tried messing with the equalizer settings to see if that will improve the sound enough not to need a sound card?
Miiiiiiiiiight help, but the Xonar DS is your first decent step up imo. The DX is what I use. DS is almost on par with the DX and is 30 dollars cheaper but without some of the features the DX has and slightly less quality. If money not a thang the DX is a good card.

Even so, I played with my EQ after a few months of keeping it flat on my DX. I actually enjoy music more now that my EQ is tweaked to my liking.
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