I've decided to upgrade my generic audio system and i'm gonna start with the sound card, and here in my country I've seen three options wich are the ASUS Xonar DS, Xonar DX and Creative Soundblaster X-Fi XtremeGamer (I don't have a credit card, so I can't buy in Amazon, eBay or any similar site)
I want a sound card mainly for music (I'm bassist and I use Guitar Rig and Amplitube, but Amplitube gives me too much latency and as far as I know, both ASUS have ASIO 2.0 support.) and movies/TV series, last gaming (let's say, 60-30-10%)
I read goods reviews from the Xonar DX but don't really know if is a big improvment in quality from the Xonar DS(74 vs 107USD at local currency)
Do you think the Xonar DX worth it?
PD: long time I don't write something in english, so any misunderstanding or grammar mistake are product of your imagination
had the dx for going on 3 years now, very pleased with it. no driver issues, excellent sound quality. DX is a pci-e card, but there's also a pci version the D1 (or think it might be other way round, belive the DX uses a plx bridge to interface with pci-e slot)
I'd go for the Asus Xonar DX. Absolutely, without any doubt. It's worth the difference over the DS.
I've always liked the HT Omega Striker, but its low sample rate and aging PCI interface place it far enough behind the DX that I'd have to steer people away from it. It IS pretty, though.
I understand why people try to recommend the DS over the DX, but to put it flatly, the Xonar DX is just a better card. Better construction, better interface, better sound quality. It's really just a cut down Xonar D2(x) minus some of the features. And that's a $200 sound card.
Yep. The ExtremeGamer's days have passed. It's outdated now, and is beat by cheaper cards.
And before anyone can spit out a recommendation, I'd avoid Auzentech in favor of Asus. Yes, their cards have absolutely amazing sound quality for the price (the X-Fi Bravura was(!) my favorite sound card of all time), but they have... well... quality issues. From personal experience and reading, Auzen's audio cards have an absurdly failure rate. And a sound card that puts out excellent sound quality is no good if it doesnt put out any of said sound.
Just my opinion. The DX is IMO the best thing you can buy for under $180.
the DX is killer. If you would like a better interface specifically for recording, consider the Guitar Port (I know it changed its name recently - may be something else now, its from Line 6). Its like the POD, but its just an interface and some software. It works great for my bass, very low latency, 10ms.