Well had 10 days of adventure, after buying my last videocard forgot the simple fact that it was 2.5 slots and my old veteran adigy 2 zs got to go. First i thought, so many years have passed, integrated should be less horrible now. Well, simple and short no. Atrocious is a good parameter. Told myself maybe its the VIA integrated sound and its horrible analog result. Turned to videocard integrated realtek via HDMI to screen audio jack out. Was at most 20% better, but that was it. I live in a difficult country to get anything decent, but got a xonar DX. Its amazing but i found myself completely irritated by the crashy integrated sound all these days, how nice the audigy was in comparison, and now its amazing, clean and wider than ever. After the short story, there comes the questions: -I thought that going through hdmi the sound would be way better but it seems that the crackles, distortion and mud are generated since the digital processing of the sound? I would like to understand the sound stages a little better. -The Xonar has the best output on frontal jack, the manual says its intended for headphones performance, if i connect the frontal panel connectors to the card internal header it will keep using that higher quality output?