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Old 06-04-2009, 01:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many of you own them?

Do you see a great difference when listening to onboard vs something from a card, assuming the other end (speakers/headphones) are held constant?

Can you suggest which ones are the better ones out there?
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I have a M-audio 2496 connected to a NAD C320BEE and B&W 601 S3 speakers. It provides a lot smoother left/right balance, more detailed sound and a higher signal to noise ratio which allows me to have the music very loud before it starts to amplify electrical noise.
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I have found that the seperate sound card is better quality to one onboard.

Now could be move this thread to one of the hardware subforums.
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Yes, I have an Asus Xonar D2X. There is a large difference to onboard sound.
But you also need good headphones or speakers to go with a good sound card.

The Xonar DX is close to the level of the D2X, and is cheaper.
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