My computer hasn't been upgraded much since I built it a few years ago. When I built it, I decided to go with integrated network adapters and audio. My aBit motherboard's onboard audio was a reasonably good Realtek HD audio chip so I was content to stick with it rather than buying a discrete audio card, like I'd done in all of my previous builds. I decided the convenience of having integrated components was worth the small sacrifice in quality.About a year ago, I s..
This card was a tremendous disappointment. After a Turtle Beach surround headset broke, I got some Astro A50's and picked one of these up to replace my onboard Realtek audio. I wanted it for the codecs, and so I could plug in an external surround speaker set later (at the time I was in an apartment) while leaving my headset connected as well. I've had great ASUS motherboards, and reviews were good on the Xonars, so I figured I'd give this a whirl instead of the ..