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Is the Asustek Xonar DX/XD worth investing in over onboard audio

I'm out of my depth when it comes to audio set ups and cards, etc.
Currently I have Asus P8Z77-V-LX motherboard with ALC887 onboard audio. I'm using a Panasonic SA-XH170 home cinema system attached by S/PDIF for speakers. Is there any point investing in this Asustek Xonar DX/XD soundcard, would there be any noticeable improvement? I game a bit but I'd be more concerned about sound for movies and music.

Current Speakers
http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/SC-XH170?t=specs
Card Considering
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asustek-Xonar-PCI-E-Profile-Sound/dp/B00198DM2K/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1365867069&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+xonar+dx
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  1. Best answer
    good choice

    Youll notice this improvement:
    1. less noise
    2. Rich audio effects
    3. Little bit increase ur fps when gaming
  2. serafim said:
    good choice

    Youll notice this improvement:
    1. less noise
    2. Rich audio effects
    3. Little bit increase ur fps when gaming


    Currently the speech is a bit muffled when I'm watching movies. I'm not sure if this is to do with home cinema set up, speaker layout or the fact I'm using onboard. Any ideas?
    And lastly will this card give me 5.1 surround sound through s/pdif?
  3. Currently the speech is a bit muffled when I'm watching movies. I'm not sure if this is to do with home cinema set up, speaker layout or the fact I'm using onboard. Any ideas?
    And lastly will this card give me 5.1 surround sound through s/pdif?

    i think its a onboard card issue, ALC887 is a 7.1 channel but cannot handle your huge power SC-XH170
    and yes, you and your SC-XH170 will happy for asus xonar DX

    please update after upgrading your sound card
  4. serafim said:
    Currently the speech is a bit muffled when I'm watching movies. I'm not sure if this is to do with home cinema set up, speaker layout or the fact I'm using onboard. Any ideas?
    And lastly will this card give me 5.1 surround sound through s/pdif?


    i think its a onboard card issue, ALC887 is a 7.1 channel but cannot handle your huge power SC-XH170
    and yes, you and your SC-XH170 will happy for asus xonar DX

    please update after upgrading your sound card




    Forgive me if I'm wrong but isn't the home cinema system acting as an amplifier? So power should not be an issue? I'm only theorizing
  5. Forgive me if I'm wrong but isn't the home cinema system acting as an amplifier? So power should not be an issue? I'm only theorizing

    http://www.overstock.com/guides/Top-5-Things-to-Include-on-Your-Home-Theater-PC
  6. krustie92 said:
    I'm out of my depth when it comes to audio set ups and cards, etc.
    Currently I have Asus P8Z77-V-LX motherboard with ALC887 onboard audio. I'm using a Panasonic SA-XH170 home cinema system attached by S/PDIF for speakers. Is there any point investing in this Asustek Xonar DX/XD soundcard, would there be any noticeable improvement? I game a bit but I'd be more concerned about sound for movies and music.

    Current Speakers
    http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/SC-XH170?t=specs
    Card Considering
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asustek-Xonar-PCI-E-Profile-Sound/dp/B00198DM2K/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1365867069&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+xonar+dx


    "would there be any noticeable improvement?"
    Not really.
  7. Well having taken the plunge and bought one I've definitely noticed an improvement in clarity of sound and less noise since, using the same set of speakers. So for the €60 or so it cost it was definitely a worthwhile addition.
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