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Old October 15, 2011, 10:48 PM
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Even with a lower end Xonar DG that you can usually get for below $30, I find that with almost any speaker or headset, the audio comes out a lot more clear and less noisy than any onboard

I currently own both a Xonar D1, DX and DG. And all are very good. (Except I can't get the power connector loose from my D1 anymore :( )
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: ) thanks guys. I've just ordered the DG , if I can notice the difference, I'd probably get a better one after.
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Very good choice. The DG is a perfect card for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot. Plus the OPamps it uses are fairly okay in driving some midrange headphones. (but again if you bought 300$ headphones you should invest more in the DAC/amp)

Hm..it's a shame that you gave your V6s away, those were some of the best cans in the sub 100$ category

DG = basic and 5.1
DS = has swappable OPamps, 7.1
DX = same as DS except PCI-E and has Dolby digital
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One quick question. Is it possible for me to plug this card into a PCI 1.0? My motherboard (Asus P5KPL-VM) has only PCI 1.0 I think...
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Xonar DS and DG work in the long white slots (PCI), and DX works in the black slot and the short white slot (PCI-e X16 and X1)

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Thanks! That was quick. I was kinda worried since the card's connection has 2 dividers...the PCI lane only had 1. I'll try plugging it in now
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I have the Asus Xonar DX 7.1, switched from some Sound Blaster 5.1 and its amazing. Deffinitly much better then your onboard audio, and under 100 red ones, its deff. a worthy upgrade.
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Thanks! That was quick. I was kinda worried since the card's connection has 2 dividers...the PCI lane only had 1. I'll try plugging it in now
How does the dg sound, are you on win 7 64 do drivers work fine?

I am also looking for a inexpensive card, the msi 870-g45 onboard audio is horrible, even my old nforce am2 board has better sound.
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Um...it's really hard to say. I don't know whether it is my speakers or the mp3s I have, but I maybe only feel that its a little bit clearer. But then again, I'm no audiophile.

Bass definitely gets clearer, not as muddy as before, I can tell you that. It is warm but not too heavy. I guess I need more time and media to see if there is any significant difference.

I'm on Win 7 32, so I can't comment on the driver for 64, but I think the people recommended this card have Win 64 so you should be fine.
Jackquelegs can probably asnwer your question there.

Looking at your system though, I would say why not. The card is only ~$20.

EDIT: By the way, @Jackquelegs: Have you ever had the CA-HS1 from Corsair? They are on sale at $50, is that a good deal? Do they sound similar to the Sony V6?
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Um...it's really hard to say. I don't know whether it is my speakers or the mp3s I have, but I maybe only feel that its a little bit clearer. But then again, I'm no audiophile.

Bass definitely gets clearer, not as muddy as before, I can tell you that. It is warm but not too heavy. I guess I need more time and media to see if there is any significant difference.

I'm on Win 7 32, so I can't comment on the driver for 64, but I think the people recommended this card have Win 64 so you should be fine.
Jackquelegs can probably asnwer your question there.

Looking at your system though, I would say why not. The card is only ~$20.

EDIT: By the way, @Jackquelegs: Have you ever had the CA-HS1 from Corsair? They are on sale at $50, is that a good deal? Do they sound similar to the Sony V6?
Drivers from ASUS work fine here on my D2X and Essence STX for W7 64bit. The sound difference will depend really on the reproduction devices (i.e. speakers, headphones). However the difference will be there. I remember when I moved away from onboard, it felt as if the trebles became more sparkly, and bass extended better, with better clarity all round. But then I jumped from onboard to a X-fi prelude back then, so the differences are noticeable like the dent it made in my wallet.

I have the HS1 and HS1A. HS1 uses a USB interface so it basically uses its own DAC (digital analogue converter) bypassing the sound processing of your computer. HS1 would not be able to take advantage of any sound cards. On the other hand, the HS1A is analogue so it relies on the DAC of the soundcard for the source, and respond accordingly to source changes.

MDR-V6 is MILES better than the HS1/HS1A. I find that without EQ, the HS1 series are seriously lacking in mids and lows. V6 on the other hand is good across the board, but the highs are a bit harsh at times. I wouldn't even think the V6 and HS1 are comparable.
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