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post #11 of 22
My understanding is that the HT Omega Claro is the top tier, though fairly expensive.
That's the card I'm saving up for though.
And I do believe pvp is correct in that the Xonars are more geared for gaming while the Claro is probably set up for more what you're looking for.
post #12 of 22
why not use the headphone out on the receiver?
post #13 of 22
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why not use the headphone out on the receiver?
I probably will continue doing that, but I would like to get decent sound from my computer to the receiver. Also I did edit my post to mention I would mostly be using my 5.1 set up.
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....the guy wants a soundcard not for his high end grado's...nor the hi fidelity gaming experience...playing porn in surround sound?
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The ASUS Essence ST/STX is marketed as more of an "audiophile card" though it also works wonders for gaming (I know, I had one before I went to an external DAC/AMP). For its price, there is really nothing better you can get.

ST = PCI
STX= PCI-E

Both cards are pretty much the same but the ST has a daughter board accessory (Xonar H6) which allows you to use a 7.1 system and it apparently has better internal clock circuit.


Here's a review on Stereophile.
post #16 of 22
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....the guy wants a soundcard not for his high end grado's...nor the hi fidelity gaming experience...playing porn in surround sound?
Damn you caught me.

Seriously though, I watch movies and listen to music from my computer, through my sound system. I want a sound card that will make my speakers sound better. Is a sound card not going to do that for me?

I'm just going to get a Claro, like Plow and Pvp suggested. I found one that is near $150 at least.
Is this one decent for the price?
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post #17 of 22
You don't need a headphone amp, you want to make your 5.1 speakers sound better, you want something under 150$.

Honestly I think an ASUS Xonar DX would be good enough for you...priced around 100$. I know because I had that card. Quite good...until my audiophile bug hit me and I felt the urge to get MOAR....always moar.

HOWEVER, I have heard many good things about the HT Omega Claro...its your call.
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i have this one you pay what you get the best for gaming---> http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B0018EFGTM.htm

Hear your enemies before they find you.
lol. i just bought that card, exact same one, for $99 from tiger direct. if u buy from thier site they screw you over.
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post #19 of 22
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Damn you caught me.

Seriously though, I watch movies and listen to music from my computer, through my sound system. I want a sound card that will make my speakers sound better. Is a sound card not going to do that for me?

I'm just going to get a Claro, like Plow and Pvp suggested. I found one that is near $150 at least.
Is this one decent for the price?
If you haven't already made your decision...that card should be similar to mine except mine is the Plus version (~$15 more). Even with my Z-5500 speakers...I noticed a big difference from using my onboard sound. Has a pretty easy interface to work with (hopefully it's similar)...






Of course you can always customize your sound settings on your own personal music/video player if that works better for you.
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post #20 of 22
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Right now I'm using some on board VIA sound, and I was using a Creative SB1090 USB sound card, up until it stopped working correctly.

My Headphones I'm using are Grado SR80's, and I also have my computer hooked up to a Yamaha HTR-6130 5.1 receiver via optical. I need something mainly for music and movies that wont break the bank too much. Maybe $150ish at the most, I'm even willing to go used, but I need to know what to look for first.

So any suggestions for sound cards based on my set up, and what I'll be listening to?

EDIT: I will mostly be using my 5.1 set up. I'm pretty sure I don't need a headphone amp for my Grados. Also, gaming is not important to me at all. Most of the time when I'm playing a game, the game is muted and I'm listening to music, or have a movie playing on the other monitor.
If you are using a digital connection why you need a souncard then? Don't your onboard got one? What gpu do you have? You know digital the sound is just going to be passed thru to your receiver and the quality of it wont matter as its not doing anything at all except for providing a digital connection.
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