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post #1 of 10
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Hi OCN
Thinking about getting a sound card for my pc.
Ive never purchased a sound card before and will be requiring some help.
I'll be running a 5.1 setup.

I'm thinking of using the card at the pre-stage. I have a Technics power amp which I'll be using for the front speakers. Gonna have to get a receiver, rear speakers and a center speaker so if anyone has a suggestion, feel free to throw it in. Got a decent active sub so thats taken care of.

I've got a 100-150$ budget for the sound card. I prefer an unbiased and least-coloured sound for the money. By unbiased I mean the base shouldn't be too unnatural or louder relative to the rest of the frequency curve.

All help is greatly appreciated.
Edited by sratra - 6/7/11 at 2:38am
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post #2 of 10
Creative X-Fi Titanium HD is a great soundcard and its on sale on Newegg. Someone posted some promo codes here and its only valid for the next 48 hrs. Its a great deal.
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks Ill look into it.
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Yunarce View Post
Creative X-Fi Titanium HD is a great soundcard and its on sale on Newegg. Someone posted some promo codes here and its only valid for the next 48 hrs. Its a great deal.
That's not a 5.1 sound card.

You should look into buying an HT Omega Claro Plus+.
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post #5 of 10
Xonar DX is a good card for the money
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
That's not a 5.1 sound card.

You should look into buying an HT Omega Claro Plus+.
right

although i recommend buying Xonar DX
HT Omega cards are.............strange
    
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post #7 of 10
It's not that HT Omega cards are strange, IMO. It's just that it's not very popular and the drivers feel like they're from 2004, when I had some C-Media AC97 onboard solution. They use the same DSP as the Asus cards and in many ways, it sounds and feels like an Asus card. Unfortunately, the drivers look antiquated and make me sad.
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post #8 of 10
If you can fit it into your budget... the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is probably one of the best sound cards for music/gaming on the market...
post #9 of 10
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If you can fit it into your budget... the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD is probably one of the best sound cards for music/gaming on the market...
TiHD isn't for people with 5.1 analog setups.
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post #10 of 10
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Thanks for your suggestion everyone. I think I'll get the xi-fi platinum and mod it although sadly Ive been checking online and so far I haven't been able to find it so if anyone finds it the please post the link.
Edited by sratra - 6/9/11 at 8:57am
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Seagate 1TB 7200 Hp dvd1260 CM N520 Windows 8 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate 1TB 7200 Hp dvd1260 CM N520 Windows 8 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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