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Asus Xonar Xense or Asus Xonar Phoebus?

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Power Supply Silverstone ST45SF-G | Silverstone ST50F-ES
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#1
Ok, my Xonar DX is dying and I can't seem to figure out (tried all troubleshooting I could think of) as the sound card itself is still being detected by Windows and the GUI (EQ bars moving up and down when playing music, movies, etc...) even shows that activity is as if normal and is working.

But there is no sound coming out and the relay is not "clicking" anymore as it normally does everytime Windows loads up its drivers.

So, I am kinda at the end of my "troubleshooting spree" and starting to look for a replacement and most likely an upgrade. Considering these 2 have more or less the same price, I am now torn which one to choose between the two. I know from the value perspective, Xense wins but just wanted some enlightenment before I get any of these...

Thanks!
 
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Cooling Deep Cool Gamer Storm Gabriel | Intel Stock HSF
Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 1866 8GB (4x2) | G.Skill Ares 1600 8GB (4x2)
Video Card(s) Zotac GT 640 Synergy Edition | Palit GeForce GT 640
Storage Intel 330 180GB + WD Scorpio Blue 1TB | Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Display(s) Samsung P2250 | Samsung S19A100N
Case Jonsbo U1 | Coolermaster Elite 120
Audio Device(s) On-Board Realtek ALC898 + Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 | On-Board Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Silverstone ST45SF-G | Silverstone ST50F-ES
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1
#2
Got the Xonar Xense anyhow... :D
 
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Didn't you consider the Essence STX? I have both PCI and PCIe, they are awesome ;)
 
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Processor Intel Core i5 3570K | Intel Core i3 3220
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe | Gigabyte H77N-WIFI
Cooling Deep Cool Gamer Storm Gabriel | Intel Stock HSF
Memory Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 1866 8GB (4x2) | G.Skill Ares 1600 8GB (4x2)
Video Card(s) Zotac GT 640 Synergy Edition | Palit GeForce GT 640
Storage Intel 330 180GB + WD Scorpio Blue 1TB | Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Display(s) Samsung P2250 | Samsung S19A100N
Case Jonsbo U1 | Coolermaster Elite 120
Audio Device(s) On-Board Realtek ALC898 + Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 | On-Board Realtek ALC892
Power Supply Silverstone ST45SF-G | Silverstone ST50F-ES
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1
#4
Actually, that was on my shortlist as well but I wanted a little bit of both worlds (gaming and audiophile)... as I've read Essence are more on the "audiophile" side and if I get Essence, I think I can't optimize (or maybe can't use it all) the analog inputs of my Z-5500...

The bundled PC350 really adds value IMO... :)