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Im looking to pick up a sound card  ...

 

 ROG Xonar Phoebus headphone.gif  thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132054

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZT1Q3E


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Lol yeah I want to stay under $120ish but keep gravitating to the high end Asus cards. I'm also curious about the new creative cards but think that rog Asus card looks sweet for sure biggrin.gif do you own it? Curious about how it sounds compared to other high end cards
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Lol yeah I want to stay under $120ish but keep gravitating to the high end Asus cards. I'm also curious about the new creative cards but think that rog Asus card looks sweet for sure biggrin.gif do you own it? Curious about how it sounds compared to other high end cards

I hope you are not going to pair such a high end audio card with a low-end gaming headset you have (whatever brand it is, 5.1 and 7.1 headsets, with integrated micro will ALWAY be low-end audio)...
Those cards call for a Sennheiser HD598 AT LEAST.

The Z5500 set is also not some audiophile set, that you would need anything higher than a xonar dx. (i would go further, even an integrated crap would be enough for that logitech set, but i dont want to be too much audiophile wink.gif )
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Lol yeah I want to stay under $120ish but keep gravitating to the high end Asus cards. I'm also curious about the new creative cards but think that rog Asus card looks sweet for sure biggrin.gif do you own it? Curious about how it sounds compared to other high end cards


If you're truly serious bout sound quality.....I'd stick with the Essence Line by Asus



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132019&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA


don't think the ROG card's gonna come anywhere as close [quality wise]
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Lol yeah ... biggrin.gif do you own it?

 

NO ... I was just be'in a smart-ass tongue.gif ... the integrated onboard stuff is more than good enough for me with what I'm using it for. thumb.gif

 

IF and when I want to enjoy music I go through my Yamaha and Kenwood Home Audio rig, not a computer, go figure. kookoo.gif

   
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I hope you are not going to pair such a high end audio card with a low-end gaming headset you have (whatever brand it is, 5.1 and 7.1 headsets, with integrated micro will ALWAY be low-end audio)...
Those cards call for a Sennheiser HD598 AT LEAST.
The Z5500 set is also not some audiophile set, that you would need anything higher than a xonar dx. (i would go further, even an integrated crap would be enough for that logitech set, but i dont want to be too much audiophile wink.gif )

Obviously you can't use the corsair 1500 with a sound card biggrin.gif its USB , I would consider it a mid range headset too. I'm shopping for the z5500 which is a solid 5.1 for gaming but in the music world probably mid range, its not audiophile, its primarily for gaming.

gaming on fps games is priority but right behind it I want good music capabilities. The onboard does surprisingly well but lacks the crisp and full sound they used to have with my old creative xfi titanium.
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If you're truly serious bout sound quality.....I'd stick with the Essence Line by Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132019&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA
don't think the ROG card's gonna come anywhere as close [quality wise]

Yeah I think that's more than I need, primary is gaming. Second is music playback. I do hear a lot off good things about it though.
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Those are nowhere near mid-range wink.gif
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They are mid range gaming headsets and surround. I have said several times gaming is the priority. I'm not comparing them to $1000+ audiophile headphones or $5000+ home setups thumb.gif
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Is any Sub-$120-ish Sound Card REALLY going to be that much of an improvement of the integrated sound option ? headscratch.gif

I've NEVER owned a sound card, so I'm honestly asking ? I think the sound is decent enough, and to get much superior specs you're looking at the $200 +/- cards aren't you ?

Is that really worth it for just Gaming ? headsetsmiley.png ... "Joe he's behind you !" gunner.gif "got him thanks" headsetsmiley.png

   
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Even a Xonar DX sounds way better, than an integrated one. Whatevery PR bull**** sticker is on this motherboards sound chip smile.gif

Do you play BFBC2? Or BF3? The difference is clear. Just try the wartapes mod of BFBC2. With integrated sound, it will overload the chip with too much parallel sounds, and begin to crack, and miss effects. Something that you wont experience with a Xonar DX. I even had misssing sounds in AOEO. And then comes clarity. Something for wich you will need a GOOD headphone (not a gaming one). The integrated is just bland, and low, complete frequency ranges are missing.
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