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Are there any quality usb solutions for sound? Just curious, thanks OCN!
    
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Instead of a sound card, look for a USB DAC. Aune Mini is a good starting point, but there are many others at around $100-$150 clams.
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Well as for "sound cards" the best one out there is the X-Fi HD. Alternatively you could get a DAC with a USB input and be a lot better than it.
    
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What is a DAC?
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Digital Analogue Converter.
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Good quality and cheap smile.gif
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Yeah, go with a DAC rather than a "USB Sound Card".
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What is a DAC?

Im with this guy. I have always just relied upon integrated sound solutions but was wondering what options are there for me.

I think I saw the X-FI one at frys but they were all returns, is it a bad line?
    
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I have a SteelSeries USB soundcard (the one that comes with the 5H v2 headset). It's alright. It's similar to my X-Fi XtremeGamer in terms of sound quality. With that said, I still want to get a "real" sound card in hopes of sound getting better.

I use it with my HD555s. I ditched the 5H v2 headset long ago but I sold my X-Fi and fell back to this USB sound card that came with the 5H v2s.
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What does a DAC do? What's it for?

The X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty series of cards is pretty bad it seems, tons of people have bad issues with the drivers on those cards.
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