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Originally Posted by soulrider4ever /forum/post/16924809
Orange County Choppers indeed, his daughter - Kristen Teutul was in my wedding (my wife's maid of honor)
The DAC being used on the soundcard is more than capable, and sounds great - revealing a lot of details. It could sound better, but it's not hideous by any means and the Xonar Essence ST that I will be purchasing later this year will be a nice upgrade over the D2X. I never owned a receiver with preouts, so I can't directly compare the sound quality with the same amps.
The bottom line is, for the modest price plugged into an external amplifier (this being the key) will provide way better results than equally priced reciever with internal amps being used.