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Xonar D2X replacement

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Yarikh, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Yarikh


    Joined: Aug 29, 2018

    Posts: 3

    Hello Overlockers.

    My Xonar D2X had recently been acting up with the "click" sound normally only heard during start up, had started to appear during game loading. I suspect a replacement PSU and shorting issue may have damaged the card. I am now only able to hear out of the Right Hand side (Tested various headphones on other devices to make sure)

    The only ability to have Stereo sound it seems is to have the 3.5mm jack plugged in half way, but this doesn't seem like a long-term solution.

    Unless there is a potential fix - I am looking for a replacement for under £50 if possible. I have spotted a number of alternatives such as:

    Xonar DSX or DGX
    Sound Blaster Z (2nd hand)
    Sound Blaster Audigy FX

    This would be used with the Sennheiser Game One Headset.

    Any advice is much appreciated, Thanks
  2. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 29,192

    I just went straight into the motherboard when I stopped using mine.
  3. Marsman


    Joined: Oct 18, 2009

    Posts: 10,419

    Try the onboard audio. You might find it does the job, as above poster did. However; if you are using Dolby Headphone (DH) on the D2X, then you won't get that from your onboard audio.

    If you do use DH, then you'll need a sound card. Best of those you've listed is the SB Z. Doesn't have DH, but has Creative's own SBX prostudio, which is arguably superior for gaming compared to DH. OEM version of the card can be had for £50-£60. Same as the retail, just without the cover and the included microphone; or, maybe get a second hand one.
  4. Yarikh


    Joined: Aug 29, 2018

    Posts: 3

    Thanks for the advice guys, much appreciated. I'll try out the on-board Audio (Realtek ALC1150) for the time being and look more into the SB Z going forward.
  5. EsaT


    Joined: Jun 6, 2008

    Posts: 4,764

    Location: Finland

    Could be also broken/worn connector.
    Because operation of any signal relays (that clicking sound) etc can't be affected by jack's position.
    They either work completely, or not.

    Here's standard stereo from games:
    Here's Creative's binaural sound simulation:
    Should have huge difference in immersion with open design Game One.