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Alright, so I noticed the HT Omega Claro + is on sale at Newegg for $134.99 after a $40 promo code EMCKEJK35.

Essentially I am looking for a sound solution to my near complete Sandy Bridge setup (just need to figure our whether I use RAID 1 or a software backup). I currently have the MSI P67A-GD65 motherboard and a 2500K processor. The MoBo has decent onboard audio (Realtek 811E with 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial), but we all know it can be much better. I also have HD555 set of cans. I currently have Klipsch Pro 2.1 speaker setup.

At some point I may not mind hooking up some real speakers like a small pair of KEF or Paradigms and a different subwoofer. And if I did that I might want to use a receiver so I can switch sources and perhaps listen to TV or what not (although currently I have no TV in my computer room and don't know how much I would use it as I have a decent home theater setup).

Thoughts on what is best to do? I am not looking to upgrade the speakers right now and I either will want to spend less than $200 or upwards of a $400 limit through Best Buy/Magnolia (I have about $250 or more in credit to use there).

Thanks.

Should I go with an external DAC, receiver, soundcard, or a combination of those? And if the answer is a soundcard will the HD Claro + do more than fine for me?
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I say got with a receiver, people will recommend an vintage receiver, their sound quality out of the headphone jack sounds better than modern day receivers. I forgot the reason why, but it was a big debate on Headfi.

I have heard that modern day receiver are ok in quality. i personally have no tested it myself.

i was planing to get a receiver also.

The ability to be able to hook up your xbox and pc and etc all up to one unit will be time saving.

However most receivers in that budget are trash from what i heard unless you are willing to go vintage. But then it will not have the ability to hook up hdmi and other hardware such as xbox or blu-ray players etc.

If you want the best bang for your buck i guess a external DAC With a good sound card. would be the wisest investment, but that area is not my specialty.
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Get both.

If you are going to spend pretty good money on a receiver then you best be spending it something that doesn't send terrible quality music to it. I can't help with prices, or brands for that matter. My tastes are much to expensive for that budget.

None the less. A high quality receiver should last you a good couple of years allowing you to expand your home theater setup if you so choose. Plus. You will be able to input directly HDMI or optical. And then output it to whatever speakers you choose. Therefore stopping loss of quality.

Also you don't buy a TV. You think you will use it more with big speakers, or bigger this or that. You don't. The PC does it all. Quicker and easier
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Get a receiver.

You don't need the sound card; most modern video cards have 8 channel linear pcm audio through the hdmi port which will be far more flexible than a sound card. Use that to output to the receiver.
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