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I've been thinking about upgrading my sound card since my razer ac-1 recording quality isnt that impressive and has a lot of gaming features that i don't care about anymore. I will be mainly using the sound card for high bit rate mp3 and flac files for playback, my main concern is nice music and recording quality. I'm using the Razer Mako 2.1 speakers and my budget is $280 any suggestions?
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The Xonar STX can be gotten cheaper off amazon and jr.com, But with those speakers you better off grabbing something cheaper like Xonar DS/DG. Since those speakers wouldn't do the STX.X-FI HD and D2 much justice. Unless you also had audiophile grade headphones as well or you planning on upgrading your speakers to higher quailty later down the road.
Edited by admflameberg - 5/5/11 at 10:59am
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Thanks for the suggestions. The Xonar D2 looks about right but do you think the Essence is that much better? I think that Razer Mako 2.1 would be fine with another sound card, regardless the Razer ac-1 sound recording quality is not good at all so i need to upgrade to something else.

I purchased the razer mako 2.1 for space reasons, i suppose if i can find better speakers that are around the size of the makos i would upgrade. I guess i'll purchase the Xonar D2 since my speakers probably wont even need a Xonar Essence then.
Edited by jrad - 5/5/11 at 11:32am
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