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Alright ive been pushed over the edge and have decided to get a sound card.

I own a pair of HD 595s but i switch between those and my logitech headset often. While i would like it to be cheap 60$ would be perfect but dont be afraid to recommend me stuff up to 100$


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If it's mainly for your 595's (good pick btw, I own the AKG 242HD's) I'd say get the ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 plus a Amplifier. Although the ASUS Xonar Essence STX has a built in Amplifier, it's also double the price or so of the Xonar DX.
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how bout this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

the xoner dx seems to have touchy drivers as said but a few reviews.
    
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Negatory. Go for the Xonar DX.
    
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post #5 of 12
I can testify that the Xonar DX has much more stable drivers than the Titanium. I'd add another recommendation for it.
post #6 of 12
Asus Xonar D1 (PCI) or DX (PCI-E and this one needs a floppy power connector) depending the available slot you might have. Very good sound quality, great drivers and interface compared to creative cards. The only Creative worth considering is the Titanium HD other then that a Asus Xonar D1 is far better. EAX is not used now a days or X-ram so forget creative.
post #7 of 12
While EAX and X-Ram are not utilized, the X-FI still gives better positional audio in games than the Xonar or Essence series.

Some say the Xonar and Essence cards are better in music playback than the Titanium HD, but a simple change of Op-Amps and things get equal very quickly.
post #8 of 12
If your #1 concern is music, with all due respect consider xonar DS.

Today, I own both the Xonar DS and the Essence STX. I can tell you one thing for sure: You can't distinguish the difference between the cards literally. Don't be fooled by the numbers and stats of the card. Xonar DS is capable of producing excellent audio. I am selling my STX and and will be looking for an external DAC subsequently, but still not entirely sure if it's worth spending the extra cash.


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Hey OP. I'm pretty sure you have a Realtek ALC892 board, certainly an ALC889 or better.

Well, I have an ALC889, a Titanium HD, AD700s, and JVC HA-RX700s.

The only sound difference I can hear comes from the headphones. Don't get a sound card to upgrade from an ALC889 or better.

There's this fluff going around about how "onboard" can only support so and so amount of hardware channels while a big bad sound card such as the X-Fi can give you 128 or something. You better find out yourself how many hardware channels your onboard can handle before you let someone else convince you to get a sound card using that argument.
Edited by cuad - 5/12/11 at 11:23pm
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The only sound difference I can hear comes from the headphones. Don't get a sound card to upgrade from an ALC889 or better.

There's this fluff going around about how "onboard" can only support so and so amount of hardware channels while a big bad sound card such as the X-Fi can give you 128 or something. You better find out yourself how many hardware channels your onboard can handle before you let someone else convince you to get a sound card using that argument.
When you say things like "or something." It means you do not remember fully the information you have read, and if you cannot remember it fully, then it must have been beyond your knowledge or you do not understand what you are saying. If you cannot hear any difference between sound cards but you can between headphones, that means that one headphone may have a different sound signature than the other, but you obviously have not went beyond your onboard sound. Bad advice on your part all the way around.
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