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Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ? which

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Jun 13, 2018
Denon AVR-X3400H

SVS PB-2000

dali Zensor 3 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dali-5703120106687-Zensor-3-Black/dp/B00E0I7B14

SURROUND: Dali Zensor 1

: Dali Zensor Vokal

this is my custom 5.1 speaker.

now for headphones i have sentheizer game zero but
i want to buy new headphones//

can you suggested me please which headphones to buy?

i want this headphones for to play games,,, listen music and movies

i want very good headphones..

i can give and 500 eyros for headphones
i dont have problem with money.

my budget for soyndcard is 300 eyros....

so which soyndcard to buy for games music and movies?? between these 3?
Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

which is the best??

i play all the kind of games .. so my questions for the headphones is..
over ear or close ear?? what is the best for games?? fps/??

my problem is that i dont know from these 3 which to buy

because someone told me that
For your use neither of those Asus cards has anything over it.
While costing more for not as good headphone output.
And in case of luxury priced Xonar Essence having very uncertain driver support for long term and average Dolby Headphone for headphone gaming.
While it's pretty sure AE-5 gets driver support well past 2025.
Creative even offers Win10 drivers for dozen years old "Why would anyone even want to use it anymore?" cards.
And Creative uses built in own house sound chips, so they don't have to ask/beg any outside company for newer drivers.

Those old C-Media chips/drivers even have some bug which can cause it to suddenly spew out full amplitude noise/static (Win10 increasing risk of it) and C-Media hasn't done anything to fix that in drivers.

SonicStudio used by motherboars and these Strix cards is hard to find samples from web...
But Asus hyping that "Sonic Radar" doesn't exactly give highest hopes:
With good binaural simulation and good headphones you'll get direction and even sense of distance directly from sound.

Sound BlasterX AE-5 has pretty much everything, regardless if you want to have both speakers and headphones and it has one of the best headphone outputs of any sound card.

Essence STX II is built around very old PCI sound chip used through PCI-e bridge chip.
So hope for driver supports relies also on C-Media's interest on supporting that old sound chip.... With C-Media not even offering Win10 drivers directly:
Also its headphone output is based onto TPA6120 with typical 10 ohm output impedance making it technically not greatest for low impedance headphones.
While AE-5 has 1 ohm output impedance quaranteeing ideal damping factor and insignificant frequency response changes with any headphone.
Neither is Dolby Heaphone of those Xonars that great for headphone gaming.

Strix Raid DLX has exactly same TPA6120 and 10 ohm output impedance losing to SBX AE-5.
Though compared to facepalm level 100 ohm output impedance of lower Strix Raid Pro/Soar it would be stellar.
(those are surely short circuit protected in case you would like to jam iron nail into headphone output...)

Gaming headsets are basically cheap Chinese garbage with huge profit margin.
No matter if they have two drivers, or garbage truck load of even cheaper and worser ones with nothing tuned to produce balanced sound.
Also closed headphone design is challenge even for actual audio makers.
With very few closed headphones coming even remotely close to good open headphones in true gaming immersion capability.
Unless needing environment noise isolation closed design is really just huge challenge/drag for sound quality.
Not to mention also increasing risk of ears sweating, especially with pleather ear pad.

with all these things that they told me because i have confused i dont know which soyndcard to buy

can you tell me please what is the difference between Asus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?

advantages and disavantages for these 3

and which from these 3 you believe that is the best in everything?
sus Strix Raid DLX or Asus Essence STX II 7.1? or sound BlasterX AE-5 ?
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