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So I just removed my Logitech X-530 speakers from around my desk to be replaced by my new pride and joy:
Sony MHC-GTR88

Nothing much to what you audiophiles have but it's my first stereo

Anyway, said stereo only has RCA (red/white) inputs as PC input option. So currently, my PC is connected to the stereo via an RCA-3.5mm jack into the green jack on my motherboard I/O. Just about to order parts for a new PC, and I'm trying to find an internal sound card that will allow me to go straight RCA-RCA.

However my only options are really rather expensive cards (considering their purpose, I'm by no means a recording studio ) eg. Asus Xonar Essence STX

So, is it worth getting a sound card for my stereo connection? In terms of sound quality?
And can anyone suggest a more appropriate card? (Must be black system is colour co-ordinated )
Any other suggestions/comments?!

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 15
Sound quality, less sound glitches in games, etc. If you can avoid spending <100 dollars on a sound card, since you don't have insane equipment, I'd go with the Xonar DX or Creative Titanium.
post #3 of 15
I don't recommend a sound card for regular speakers but if you have a hifi stereo hooked to it I'd definitely suggest something better than the onboard sound....
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Sound quality, less sound glitches in games, etc. If you can avoid spending <100 dollars on a sound card, since you don't have insane equipment, I'd go with the Xonar DX or Creative Titanium.
Neither of those cards have RCA outputs?
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I love my Essence, however, I have no clue if the price is justified as I haven't used anything else.
 
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There will be people telling you it's pointless. But I say go for at least a Xonar DS.

EDIT: Wow, I didn't read the entire post. That's expensive
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post #7 of 15
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There will be people telling you it's pointless. But I say go for at least a Xonar DS.

EDIT: Wow, I didn't read the entire post. That's expensive
You should have seen the look on my friends faces when I told them I had spent $250 on a sound card .

Though whether or not it is worth it entirely depends on whether or not you have a good speaker system and the quality of your onboard one, which in something like a G1 Sniper is really good already.
 
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post #8 of 15
The sound card doesnt have to have RCA ports. all you need is a headphone to RCA converter. Thats what you are supposed to use.

You can probablly find one in your local Radio Shack.
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Originally Posted by Jtvd78 View Post
The sound card doesnt have to have RCA ports. all you need is a headphone to RCA converter. Thats what you are supposed to use.

You can probablly find one in your local Radio Shack.
Okay, currently I'm using something similar. But is the 'green' output on the motherboard not the headphone output?

I was just wondering whether the cable convertor is resulting in a lack of audio quality?
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post #10 of 15
I have the Xonar DX and for $80 you definitely can't do better than the quality of sound that this thing pumps out. You'll notice the difference as soon as you fire up your music.
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