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I'm looking to improve the audio quality of my 5.1 surround setup for gaming and audio. I also am looking to add a pair of Samson 850 to it.

what is good?

I have been recommended the Xonar DG but the reviews from tweaktown and stereowise while being generally praising, is also saying that if i do any audio work aka mixing which I do mix a bit, I should spring for a more expensive one like the ST or STX or the DX.
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we need to know the budget and the purpose (for music/gaming/movies)

and what are those Samosn 850???
    
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If you're into music mostly, I'd say go for Xonar DS. Don't even think about getting ST(X). I've come from using Titanium HD and STX and I have something to compare the DS. Before the DS, I had used STX for a good one month and a half. Moving to the DS, I noticed no audible difference in audio. Maybe I needed to have $1.5k headphones and I might have had noticed any significant audible difference? lol...

Also, Creative Labs extreme music is great if you're into FPS games and such that will take advantage of X-Fi as compared to GX feature on Asus cards which supposedly works similarly.
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we need to know the budget and the purpose (for music/gaming/movies)

and what are those Samosn 850???
i would love to stay below a Bill but depending on the cans I get, I may be able to splurge.


And Im getting the IASUS NT3
http://www.iasus-concepts.com/nt/nt-3.htm
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hmmmmmm............
frankly i dont know about the NT3 but as for the Card and the Heaphones i recommend reading that thread by Simca
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-products.html

maybe you will find what you need
    
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Like previously said we need a budget. I went with the Xonar DG because I was on a tight budget and it's been great to me for only $30.
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Like previously said we need a budget. I went with the Xonar DG because I was on a tight budget and it's been great to me for only $30.
i also think that a 100$ Card will do it exactly the way he wanted so i would recommend the Xonar DX this card is the best Price to Performance in the market
but about the DG i don't think the DG is a good bargain now ,its PCI and 5.1 ONLY , it`s very outdated

personally i think that he will end with the DX
but i gave him Simca`s list so he will see other options
    
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I can't say much about the card from Creative, but can tell you I've been very happy with the Xonar I have. I would definitely get one again!
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i also think that a 100$ Card will do it exactly the way he wanted so i would recommend the Xonar DX this card is the best Price to Performance in the market
but about the DG i don't think the DG is a good bargain now ,its PCI and 5.1 ONLY , it`s very outdated

personally i think that he will end with the DX
but i gave him Simca`s list so he will see other options
Only 5.1?? If I had a bigger budget it would matter. If you can only afford a $30 sound card the sound set up can't be much more expensive. All I have is a Logicrap 2.1 system and some ATH-M40fs.
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Xonar DG. You pay $30, you will probably get more from what you expected.
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