I'm building a HTPC system for the first time with the following components
1]Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe [Mentioning this 'cause you can compare onboard audio with sound cards]
2]Speakers: Logitech Surround Sound Z506
I don't want to spend more on sound card as compared to the mentioned speakers
and hence I think D2X wouldn't be good choice considering the price if the DX version offers pretty much good quality surround sound experience overall.
The D2(X), while a very good card, is hard to justify over the DX because its not THAT much better (IE: not worth twice the cost). If you can get one for about $100, go for it. But the DX is more then enough for most people.
Oh I see.
Yeah the DX card is available under 100$ at just about 88-90$ here.
Could you tell me what sound benefits would I get from DX version over lower end ASUS's sound cards and would the mentioned speakers fully support the DX version card?
'Cause I'm building a mid range performance HTPC system with the following components
1]CPU: Intel Core-i7 3770K
2]GPU: ASUS GTX 680 Top Version
3]RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz C9 [4 x 8GB]
4]PSU: Corsair AX Series 850W
5]SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB
6]MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
7]Monitor: ASUS VG278H 3D
8]Speakers: Logitech Surround Sound Z506
9]SC: As you suggested ASUS XONAR DX 7.1 Sound Card
Thats why my first choice for motherboard was ASUS Maximus-V Formula 'cause it has a dedicated sound processor with SupremeFX-IV which is like the sound you get from a very high quality sound card like the ASUS XONAR Essence but due to case restrictions [my case is Corsair Obsidian 650D] I chose to opt for a separate motherboard and sound card.