Asus Xonar DX vs Creative Soundblaster Z

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by Kicek, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Kicek

    Kicek Member

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    Hey

    After countless battles with my old creative x-fi xtreme gamer I'm finnaly giving up on this card. Every few months there is an issue with it on win7. I've visited plenty of forums and guides, used official and unofficial drivers yet every few months there is a crash. It served me well and I liked its perfomance when it worked but its time to get something new.

    I want to get a new sound card mostly for gaming to use either with 5.1 system or a headset (depends wich game I'm playing). I'm not an audiophile but I've tried some onboard sound cards and most sound... well empty for me, just to say sound is important to me.

    My budget is 100$ plan is not to go over it... rarely works :)

    My choice for now is Asus Xonar DX vs Creative Soundblaster Z so I would like to hear some pros and cons for someone who used one of them or both.

    Best regards
     
  2. eclap

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    haven't had a DX, but had a DG and now have the Z. I'm not sure if dolby headphone is any better on the DX than it was on the DG, but I know that the Z surround is better than DG's.

    Imo, Z is a great card, you really can't go wrong, not a single issue whatsoever, unlike my old XtremeMusic I used to run a few years ago.
     
  3. Bleib

    Bleib Master Guru

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    I had the DX about 6 months after release and the drivers were horrible. Enabling hardware audio crashed tons of applications, even 3dmark03.

    I found the sound to be good, but for gaming Creative is a far better choice. I need(ed) good legacy EAX support and Asus does not provide.
     
  4. Ghosty

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    Go with the Xonar DX, you wont be disappointed. If you are using Windows 8.1 then the drivers wont work very well. Not sure why people always complain that the driver support is bad, it's not like they have to release drivers every month, it's just sound.
     

  5. Kicek

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    I've heard a some opinion that Soundblaster Z is a card dedicated for gaming and Xonar DX is dedicated for music and movies. Is this true? What is real diffrence between them, if there is any? Soundblaster Z is a newer design so didn't they use better technology or sound enchancments?
     
  6. eclap

    eclap Banned

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    Z sounds great for both.
     
  7. Ghosty

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    Not really sure what to say. Sound is sound to me. I wouldn't notice if sound was different in a game compared to music or a movie. All games I have played is crystal clear though, even with 5.1.
     
  8. Kicek

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    I've searched some more about these cards and opinions differ. Seems that there is no real diffrence between those two. I still have some time before I will make a purchase, so I might search some more.
     
  9. Kicek

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    What about overall sound quality between them? Strange noises in games or problems with bass? Any stability issues with drivers on Win7?
     
  10. GenClaymore

    GenClaymore Ancient Guru

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    Both do uses different methods for virtual headphones, Asus Xonars uses Dolby headphone while creative Z cards uses a different form of it.
     

  11. Fearf

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    Xonar drivers are rarely updated, but they works great with "GX" disabled in DSP Mode.
     
  12. gridiron whirlw

    gridiron whirlw Ancient Guru

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    Personally, I have never had a driver problem with any Xonar card.

    They have worked flawlessly for me .

    I have them in two pc's.
     
  13. flimbo

    flimbo Master Guru

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    No problems for me with several Xonar cards too. The drivers work flawlessly.
     
  14. MaxBlade

    MaxBlade Master Guru

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    Some may not have problems with drivers but they don't update for years sometimes and this is a old card. Granted Soundblaster does the same yet the Z has had updates where as the DX might not see any for another year.

    I've had the better Xonar and sold them on Ebay. I like the Z better yet no fan of the surround sound.

    You should if you can try both. Were talking sounds here like headphones people hear things different. If its about money go with the DX just make sure you can return it if you dont like it.
     
  15. Kicek

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    I bought sound blaster z. I think its ok so far.
     

  16. Tacoboy

    Tacoboy Master Guru

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    The Z and DX both use the same CS4398 DAC chip :)
    The Xonar DX's front out/headphone jack has an impedance of 100-Ohm :(
    Where as the Z's headphone output impedance is only 22-Ohms and should be able to work well with headphones up to 300-Ohms,
    The Z is rated for headphones up to 600-Ohm, but if you buying 600-Ohm headphones, you going to buy something with a better headphone amplifier, then the Z's amp.
    So, getting the Z is better then getting the DX.

    Did you disable your motherboard's on-board audio? In the BIOS.
     
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  17. Kicek

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    Ofcourse. Btw I'm using Koss SB40 headset and I'm wondering if getting CAL will be an improvement?
     
  18. Tacoboy

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    I prefer to use the Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80) closed headphones, $50-$60.
    I found the cups on the CALs to be a little too small, I found the CAL makes the bass fatigue my ears with in 10 minutes.
     
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  20. GenClaymore

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    They are the same card shadow.
     

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