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Hi folks


I am building a new computer system this summer, and I am looking for excellent (being a relative term) onboard audio.  The computer will be connected directly to Audioengine A5+ speakers (no other external components, no sound card). 


I was originally set on the Aorus board below, but recent reviews now have me looking at the Asus board as an alternative.


Aorus (https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/Z390-AORUS-MASTER-rev-10#kf)

Asus (https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-XI-HERO-WI-FI/)


Both have ESS SABRE DAC.  The Aorus has ES9118 (http://www.esstech.com/index.php/en/products/sabre-digital-analog-converters/sabre-hifi-mobile-dacs/sabre-hifi-stereo-integrated-dacs/es9118/) while the Asus has ES9023p (http://www.esstech.com/files/4114/4095/2154/ES9023_PB_101103.pdf).  


For gaming, music playback and video streaming, is there any discernible difference between these audio platforms?  I have no technical knowledge, so please dumb down your responses as much as possible.


Many thanks.

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The DAC chip on each board is not going to make any difference in what you hear. Something else might, but not the 2 different models of chip. Make your choice based on some other factor or feature. 

Main listening (small home office):

Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS >SOtM Lan Isolator>Bricasti M5 Network Player >Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also 2 SBT and an SB Boom. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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