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    Default Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z

    Hi all,I'm choosing between 2 sound cards Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z for an Asus Maximus VII Z97 matx build with Windows 8.1.Which will offer better sound quality & better driver compatibility?Speakers are Logitech Z906,Thanks
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    Default Re: Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z

    even though the U7 has 7.1 sound support I would have to go with the CSB-Z. 5.1 audio, 600ohm support from premium audiophile headsets, Optical In and Out, beamforming Mic and a few other really nice features. Damn this is making me want to get one too. When it comes to driver support CSB would be miles ahead since they have been focusing on these parts for the last 2 decades. Drivers and features will be more fined tuned and support would be longer than Asus niche product. Asus last drive update for the Xonar was in January 2014. If you get the Echelon editions then you get a recent update.
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    Default Re: Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    even though the U7 has 7.1 sound support I would have to go with the CSB-Z. 5.1 audio, 600ohm support from premium audiophile headsets, Optical In and Out, beamforming Mic and a few other really nice features. Damn this is making me want to get one too. When it comes to driver support CSB would be miles ahead since they have been focusing on these parts for the last 2 decades. Drivers and features will be more fined tuned and support would be longer than Asus niche product. Asus last drive update for the Xonar was in January 2014. If you get the Echelon editions then you get a recent update.
    Yeah,thanks for the definitive reccomendations,I'll get the SBZ
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    Default Re: Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z

    Don't know if I would call ASUS audio a niche product at this point - not after the ONE, STU, STX, etc....

    One of the big questions is what you are going to be doing with it. The Creative piece is more gaming friendly and has a much more "lively" sound with slightly exaggerated transients and leans far more to definition than warmth. The U7 is distinctly warmer and more transparent, lending itself far better to music.

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    Default Re: Asus Xonar U7 or Creative Sound blaster Z

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    Don't know if I would call ASUS audio a niche product at this point - not after the ONE, STU, STX, etc....

    One of the big questions is what you are going to be doing with it. The Creative piece is more gaming friendly and has a much more "lively" sound with slightly exaggerated transients and leans far more to definition than warmth. The U7 is distinctly warmer and more transparent, lending itself far better to music.

    I call it niche because it isnt their main focus. Or even a top 5 focus product. Its a side project. One that I do not see very many people with. When people think of sound and quality Asus is not who we think of. The CSBZ feature set alone justifies it over the Asus product. Even if it is for listening to only music having Optical In/Out and 600ohm support wins over slighter warmer sound with only one method of input. at least IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    I call it niche because it isnt their main focus. Or even a top 5 focus product. Its a side project. One that I do not see very many people with. When people think of sound and quality Asus is not who we think of. The CSBZ feature set alone justifies it over the Asus product. Even if it is for listening to only music having Optical In/Out and 600ohm support wins over slighter warmer sound with only one method of input. at least IMHO.
    What would be the purpose of an optical out on a DAC? The input on the Creative makes sense.....but why either have the output certainly doesn't

    The 600 ohm capability is nice, but only for the .00001% of the population with headphones of that variety.

    Sound is totally subjective - you and I both know that from experience - it is totally a matter of taste.

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    I'd personally go with the ASUS, I used to be big on Creative back in the Audigy days but I've since only bought ASUS sound cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    What would be the purpose of an optical out on a DAC? The input on the Creative makes sense.....but why either have the output certainly doesn't

    The 600 ohm capability is nice, but only for the .00001% of the population with headphones of that variety.

    Sound is totally subjective - you and I both know that from experience - it is totally a matter of taste.
    Output to a surround system, better gaming sound system ect. Having the option for different configurations and later expansion is worth having to me.
    I agree the 600ohm is for true audiophile headphones. Dont know if he is in that category or not as he didnt say what he really plans to do with it. Gaming, Movies, drowning his sorrows in super sad music in the best audio quality possible.

    Absolutely. Example, I think Beats By Dre headphones are a rip off. They dont sound much different than most premium headsets, they just cost twice as much. Other people swear by them. I must be missing something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Output to a surround system, better gaming sound system ect. Having the option for different configurations and later expansion is worth having to me.
    I agree the 600ohm is for true audiophile headphones. Dont know if he is in that category or not as he didnt say what he really plans to do with it. Gaming, Movies, drowning his sorrows in super sad music in the best audio quality possible.

    Absolutely. Example, I think Beats By Dre headphones are a rip off. They dont sound much different than most premium headsets, they just cost twice as much. Other people swear by them. I must be missing something.
    Think on it for a minute.....you are going into a DAC. Using an optical out means you need to run it into a ......DAC. The sense of using two DAC is?

    The success of Beats headphones is proof of something I said a long time ago - the human race went collectively deaf in the mid 90s. Beats have a totally scooped inaccurate response curve, are grainy, harsh and sibilant, have zero transparency and bad staging. They are the embodiment of everything wrong with digital audio.

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    From my point of view,I believe Asus is much more powerful than Creative in terms of fundings & company size,besides its quite obvious Asus is willing to spend more on R & D thus developing superior products.For example,if You compare a Creative SB zxr vs Asus Xonar phoebus or even a much older card like D2X & the results are clear for everyone to hear
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