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So I just bought the Asus Xonar DX soundcard and after installing the drivers and restarting my computer, the sound is absolutely terrible. I have messed around with the Xonar DX audio center but it still sounds terrible.

I am using Sennheiser HD555's and this is how everything is setup:

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Can anyone help? I'm really bad with soundcards!
 

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Did you uninstall the drivers of the old integrated sound card?
 

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Did you disable onboard? Did you plug in to the right port?
 

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Some will argue that this is how it is meant to sound. You are listening to how the 'artist intended'. Jokes aside, I did not like the DX either. Overrated card, if I am honest!!
 

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you dont need to disable or uninstall the onboard sound to make it sound better. ive done that many times. no differences. to solve that is to do some tweaking.
 

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Originally Posted by LivingChampion;15241605
Doesn't HF just disable all the equalizer and virtual sound stuff? How does this make it better? I am kinda new to this stuff.
Yes. All those bells and whistles modify the sound in a bad way according to many people, including myself.

Having said that, I had a Xonar DX and thought it was only so-so.
 

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How does it sound terrible? And honestly I'm part of the crowd who believe that if you can't hear distortion or the crosstalk then realtek is perfectly fine. RMAA shows a ONE db drop off at 16khz (you aren't gonna hear a 1db drop off) and my hearing falls off after 18khz so it sounds perfectly normal.

I don't see how adding a soundcard could make it sound more "open", less "veiled" and w/e, but its all subjective. I'm a frequency response guy however and when people talk about how adding a soundcard gets rid of all the bloated bass and w/e.... rightmark graph proves them otherwise. Realtek is flat until about 12-14khz.
 

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How does it sound terrible? And honestly I'm part of the crowd who believe that if you can't hear distortion or the crosstalk then realtek is perfectly fine. RMAA shows a ONE db drop off at 16khz (you aren't gonna hear a 1db drop off) and my hearing falls off after 18khz so it sounds perfectly normal.

I don't see how adding a soundcard could make it sound more "open", less "veiled" and w/e, but its all subjective. I'm a frequency response guy however and when people talk about how adding a soundcard gets rid of all the bloated bass and w/e.... rightmark graph proves them otherwise. Realtek is flat until about 12-14khz.
frequency response does not measure distortion!!!
Bloated bass can refer to giving the headphone drivers more power meaning their phase response is better = tighter bass.
 

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Uninstalling the realtek drivers and disabling them via bios did great. I think it actually sounds better now. The environment effects actually work on my headphones now, it didn't work before for some reason. I don't use them, but it works though.
I think that's more along the lines of a placebo effect..
 
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