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I bought some Audio Engine 2 speakers but they sound terrible with

my ASUS onboard audio. These Audio Engines sounded so good at

Magnolia HiFi where I bought them.

 

So I need a Sound Card. It has to be half-height to fit in my PC.

How much do I need to spend to get the best sound out of these

$200 Audio Engine 2 Speakers?

 

I was thinking of this card:

 

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

 

URL: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Newegg.com

 

I can get it from NewEgg for about $20 after a $10 rebate.

Is this a bad choice? Should I be buying a different card?

 

Thank you

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I bought some Audio Engine 2 speakers but they sound terrible with

my ASUS onboard audio. These Audio Engines sounded so good at

Magnolia HiFi where I bought them.

 

So I need a Sound Card. It has to be half-height to fit in my PC.

How much do I need to spend to get the best sound out of these

$200 Audio Engine 2 Speakers?

 

I was thinking of this card:

 

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

 

URL: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Newegg.com

 

I can get it from NewEgg for about $20 after a $10 rebate.

Is this a bad choice? Should I be buying a different card?

 

Thank you

 

What was the source at Magnolia? hi rez files? redbook files? What sound card? usb to an outboard dac? What source files are you using? Way too many variables to just say get a different sound card. Make sure you're comparing apples to apples

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It sounds to me like you want to spend very little and the Dragonfly will probably be too much for you. So the Xonar will probably be fine. Another route you could go is ebay and look for one of the off brand usb dacs. They're very cheap. I had one for awhile, for guess what, the Audioengine speakers, and it sounded quite good with them.

 

Chris

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I bought some Audio Engine 2 speakers but they sound terrible with

my ASUS onboard audio. These Audio Engines sounded so good at

Magnolia HiFi where I bought them.

 

So I need a Sound Card. It has to be half-height to fit in my PC.

How much do I need to spend to get the best sound out of these

$200 Audio Engine 2 Speakers?

 

I was thinking of this card:

 

ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

 

URL: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Newegg.com

 

I can get it from NewEgg for about $20 after a $10 rebate.

Is this a bad choice? Should I be buying a different card?

 

Thank you

Asus Xonar DX7.1 is good. It has AV100 chipset and has edgy sound. You will feel great contrast.

 

And upgrade your power cable for your Audioengine A2 speakers. I would search around... many manufacturers and read about their sonic characteristics. Research and research and research.

 

You don't have to upgrade the speaker wire that runs from powered to the non-powered speaker.

 

 

bunny

 

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  • Very hyper-end Power cables for all components

 

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