If you use nice headphones AND optical out for speakers then get the essence for the amp. The D2X would be perfect if you were doing surround with all analog outs from the D2X. Sorry, i'm a bit new on this.. Could you explain what is analog? If it is.. Joined Oct 25, Posts Likes Xonar can outpu 5. For speakers, it would be like Logitech Z, for receivers, it would be like Onkyo or Denon receivers.
Joined Sep 4, Posts Likes Luckily your speaker system is able to do that. Now the decoding is done by a decoder a DAC on your speaker system rather than the sound card. So the quality of the sound outputted depends on the quality of the DAC on your speaker system if you do it that way. If you output the surround via analog on the D2X the quality of the sound is output via the DAC's that are on the xonar. My bet is that sound quality would be waaaayyy better outputting analog on the xonar than outputting via coax to your decoder on your logitech speaker system.
In simple terms if you output digitally: sound quality is dependent on the decoder in your logitech speaker system If you output analog sound quality is dependent on the excellent decoder DAC on the asus D2x.
If you do most of your music listening on headphones which are of good quality then get the essence BECAUSE of the headphone amp and sacrifice not so good sound quality on surround. If you want to buy a good separate headphone amp then I think the Asus xonar D2x is your bet. Also, don't output digitally for movies or music if you are using those logitech speakers if you care about sound quality.
If you do buy a really good reciever which has a good DAC on it, then output digitally. Understand the reason your buying asus sound card is for the sound quality which really comes from the DAC's on it.
If you run into these issues you could contact your motherboard support letting them know of the issue. Bob cool 27 Aug Asus rog stryx with d2x here i can finally install drivers any asus stock or unidriver. DOCP must be disabled to install the drivers and avoid bsod,it can be reactivated after the driver installed successfully. Ddawg 28 Aug CarvedInside 29 Aug When you say it's not working, what it's happening exactly? Leave a new comment Reply to comment Cancel.
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Please consider supporting us by making a donation. Bob cool 27 Aug Asus rog stryx with d2x here i can finally install drivers any asus stock or unidriver. Using Dolby headphone, the Essence STX provided spectacular surround imaging and sound quality of the tested movies.
The card has features to further enhance your listening pleasures such as Dolby headphone, 7. I found myself watching much more of the movie then was needed for testing purposes. The intro scenes in EPIII: Attack of the clones had me looking to the side at the onset to look for the incoming sounds. The card had no difficulty picking up the surround cues and relaying them.
Further testing was done using my reference monitors and the forward imaging produced was amazing. Sound imaging produced could trick you into thinking there was phantom center channel present as the stereo imaging was that convincing.
The music has an almost layered sound with great depth giving the impression you could reach into the sound. All the testing material was in Lossless FLAC file format as I wanted to have pristine copies of my favorite test tracks for testing. This card also has incredible clarity and detail present. The card has a very balanced bass response with no tubbiness, or looseness to notice.
The bass heard was tight articulate and both punched and kicked with ease.
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