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Xonar Essence STX vs Auzentech Bravura

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    I'm getting one of these 2 next week to get the most out of my new headphones, which one and why?

    I'm leaning towards the Asus
     
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    both of them is nice, since im not so mad on audio its hard to find out thats the best, but personally i would go to asus, not means auzen is bad, sometimes its easier to find asus than auzen
     
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    Bravura? Bravura is Xtreme Audio on steroids. What you want is something with CA20K2 chip...
     
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    Auzentech Bravura, because it gives the nearly the same performance at half the price.

    On cards such as Bravura, the creative chipset is irrelevant. It doesn't do anything other than run the DACs (which on the Bravura are infinitely superior to the one on Xtreme Audio). CA20K2 doesn't matter for audiophiles.
     
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    I can't agree with you. Signal processing makes a huge difference and CA20K2 processors are top of the line. Which i can't say for lower end parts...
     
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    CA20K2 doesn't do signal processing in Windows 7/Vista. It merely does an HSP (host-signal processing), unless you're using OpenAL. So for 99% of the audio applications, CA20K2 isn't making a difference. Windows 6.x kernel made audio-processors (native DSP) irrelevant. It's all about the DACs and OPAMP circuits that define the overall merit of a sound card, these days.
     
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    I've decided on the HT Omega Claro Halo anyway, thanks Btarunr!
     
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    http://www.winamp.com/plugin/openal-output-1-0-0/221767
     

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