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Old June 25, 2009, 10:50 AM
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I'm looking at upgrading my onboard soundcard. I'm stuck between the Asus Xonar DX, or the Asus Xonar D2X. Both sound cards got amazing reviews, and I'm sure they are both an improvement above onboard sound, but I'm not sure if spending more than double the coin (65 vs 165) is worth it?

currently I use an optical output to connect my computer to my PC. I use a denon amp that has Burr Brown DAC's in it. I understand that one of the main differences between these cards is those Burr Brown DACs. Well is it redundant to have a soundcard with burr browns and an amp with burr browns?
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Old June 25, 2009, 10:57 AM
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If you are using optical and you already have a good receiver there is no need to buy a soundcard.
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Old June 25, 2009, 11:01 AM
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If you are using optical and you already have a good receiver there is no need to buy a soundcard.
serious? the sound card does no processing on the optical signal?
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Old June 25, 2009, 11:08 AM
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serious? the sound card does no processing on the optical signal?
Nope.

Unless of course you want the Dolby Digital Live features which would upmix your stereo content to Dolby 5.1.
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