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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
Not kidding at all. I fail to see the logic in spending more on on the soundcard than the playback device.
I know what you mean, but investing in a good sound card is always worth it because one can always buy new speakers. Personally I would much rather have headphones/speakers that cant take full advantage of a soundcard over having underpowered sound quality.
The he can snag one of the little $30 Xonars from newegg too.
My main point is that there WILL be an improvement in sound with the addition of a card.
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I know what you mean, but investing in a good sound card is always worth it because one can always buy new speakers. Personally I would much rather have headphones/speakers that cant take full advantage of a soundcard over having underpowered sound quality.
The he can snag one of the little $30 Xonars from newegg too.
My main point is that there WILL be an improvement in sound with the addition of a card.
Thats true. I guess the best solution I would offer is to upgrade both
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Originally Posted by Moltar View Post
Its all going to depend on the sound hardware that you are trying to drive and how big your budget is. If you get a sound card, it is going to give at least a bit of an improvement over on board, no matter what your current gear.

Answer my 2 questions and we can pick out a sound card or DAC that best suits your needs. Who knows, maybe we could get you some better cans and or some better speakers while we are at it.
Well the HD 515s are staying as I was given it as a gift and I'd rather not get another one and I don't use the logitech speakers enough to bother getting a new set.

The things I listen to are in the OP for those who need more info.

What would you reckon is a good set? I was looking at the Asus D1, DX and DS. As those are quite cheap here. Are they any good?
     
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Well the HD 515s are staying as I was given it as a gift and I'd rather not get another one and I don't use the logitech speakers enough to bother getting a new set.

The things I listen to are in the OP for those who need more info.

What would you reckon is a good set? I was looking at the Asus D1, DX and DS. As those are quite cheap here. Are they any good?
The Asus DX is quite good and will make wonders
    
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Well the HD 515s are staying as I was given it as a gift and I'd rather not get another one and I don't use the logitech speakers enough to bother getting a new set.

The things I listen to are in the OP for those who need more info.

What would you reckon is a good set? I was looking at the Asus D1, DX and DS. As those are quite cheap here. Are they any good?
The Asus DX & D1 (and DG) have Dolby, the DS only has DTS and I really like Dolby.
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Ok thanks Tacoboy and kcuestag. At the moment I'm between the Asus DX 7.1 and the Asus DG.

At the moment here is how I'm weighing them against each other:

Asus DG:

Pros:
PCI - Means I can have it placed further away from my GTX470's fan.
Price - $100 cheaper than the DX
Cons:
PCI - Risk of not being supported by later motherboards (in the rare chance of me upgrading which won't be for atleast 2-3 years).
Maybe inferior in quality to DX? (This is the major question)

Asus DX:
Pros:
PCI-E - Going to be supported on motherboards for quite some time.
Cons:
Going to really starve my GTX470 of air (If my measurements are right it should cover roughly half of the fan - Unless anyone can say otherwise?)
$100 more expensive.

Any thoughts?
     
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post #17 of 21
Get a D1 if you still want PCI.
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post #18 of 21
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Get a D1 if you still want PCI.
I'm guessing the D1 is better than the DG with respect to quality?

The only shop that stocks it has the price set at $145 vs the $57.50 of the DG.

Oh and just as a warning to all those who see the prices and freak out. Remeber these are NZ Dollar.
     
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post #19 of 21
To get your feet wet, just go with the DG for the time being. You can always sell it here on the marketplace and upgrade again. The DG will give you a good starting point to determine what you like and dislike.
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I agree, just go with the DG.
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