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Amarthfea November 13, 2011 04:50 AM

External Sound Card, is it time?
So for the last year I've been thinking about getting an external sound card.

Right now I'm spending 95% of my time with headphones, Razer Barracuda's and I love them so much. I hear so much about sound cards increasing the quality of gaming, but i guess I'm kind of worried that my headphones are too old for a sound card.

opinions? I've heard good things about the dx, and Sound Blaster X-Fi

Also as a side note, I am having sound loop problems in BF3 so its been suggested also that i diasable my on board audio, and go external. Another nail in the coffin for onboard :whistle:

Jackquelegs November 13, 2011 05:33 PM

Well, the DX for one has much better channel separation than onboard. So that'll help you hear some footsteps given that the headphones are capable enough.

I'd say the DX is totally a worthy investment, but if you're not set on spending that much the xonar DG is a good entry point.

jcmaz November 13, 2011 09:21 PM

Yes, the Xonar DG's provide a good bang per buck. At around $20 + MIR, you really have nothing to lose.

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT Dolby Digital DTS 105DB SNR W/ Headphone AMP - ASUS - XONAR DG - in Canada

KaptCrunch November 13, 2011 09:48 PM

nice find jcmaz, optical out to surround amp


b1lk1 November 14, 2011 08:05 AM

I'm not sure about the headphone aspect, but I have the USB X-FI HD and it is an astronomical jump over onboard. I do like ASUS stuff as well and can't go wrong there, but if it is external you gotta look at the X-FI series, much higher specs.

ilya November 14, 2011 09:06 AM

I've found that the Xonar DG has a relatively high output impedance not suitable for low impedance headphones, something to watch out for. The DX does not have this issue. The Barracuda's have speakers with impedance ratings varying from 8-64 ohms, not sure how much of a negative impact on SQ you'll get.

Amarthfea November 14, 2011 04:53 PM

Thanks for the input everyone :thumb:

I should have been a little bit more specific in my first post. I only have pci express slots open, and I'm going with internal as I prefer to have as little usb devices connected as possible.

I did end up going with a DX, it was only like 85 bucks and I've got a $20 MIR for it, so I'm pleased. I read some reviews and looked like a good card, and comes highly recommended.

I'll be sure to post back when i get it installed tomorrow night and run some tests with it :biggrin:

Amarthfea November 19, 2011 08:42 AM

So I've been running through the motions with the card and all I can say is I never want to take my headphones off now!

movies sound more surround then they did before. Star wars battles feel as though I'm watching them for the first time again. Games are giving much better accuracy on enemy footsteps, and my music is richer then it ever was before.

The final thing I can say about this card is the smart volume. I have never liked these adjusters before, they usually just dull the whole sound, or put a cap on your highs and lows and raise the over all volume for great bland sound. This one some how is able to keep the highs and lows and if the middle is ever lagging it will only bump up the area in volume without taking the other areas down in volume.

To be honest I don't know how it works, its just magical :thumb:

amazing card thanks for the input everyone!

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