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all I'm interested in (no games) is 80% 5.1 output for movies etc and 20% 2 channel music


fairly decent 5.1 setup (Pioneer 2011 Elite amp, Tannoy revolution speakers, and SVS-PCU-13)


Pioneer has tonnes of grunt - amplification stage is great - but DACs are rather poor sounding IMO - this is the area I'd like to improve upon, by taking 5.1 analogue from soundcard into the multichannel input on the amp


does it matter that on both cards the L/R op-amps are different from the centre one ? Does this effect the tonality across the front stage ?


thanks for any advice - itching to get one or the other


the price difference here is not really a factor, Xfi Prelude is a bit more expensive, but only about 20% or so
 

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My little xonar dx is doing wonders for me



From reviews prior to purchase, i chose this of the auzentech for two main reasons:


1- Reviews suggested that music was warmer and felt more pure compared to the prelude

2- Drivers are much better


On top of that, auzentech/creative release a product before alot of its features are available.


In regards to amps, my xonar dx has better quality r and l opamps installed and it makes a difference when playing pure stereo. However, when upmixing or playing soundtracts (dd etc) you cannot hear a difference between them.
 
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