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My crappy old creative card that came out of an HTPC just died. Crackle, pop...silence.

So that gives me an excuse to buy a new and much better one. Let me describe my situation.

I do play games, but I want you to treat this as a 100% music set-up because I care a lot more about how my music sounds than how my games sound. I have decent Cambridge Soundworks speakers right now, but no real headphones. I will be getting new headphones (something like Senheiser HD555 or 595, but that's for a different topic) soon, so I want a sound-card good enough to power headphones in that price range, and nothing more. I'm not sure if the type of music matters for sound cards, but I listen to a lot of classic rock, vocal/classical, and club music.

I'm seriously considering the Xonar DX or D1 because they're on sale at Newegg, only $50. My budget is $100, but I'll go up to $150 only if there is a significant difference on headphones in the $110 range.
post #2 of 6
Xonar DX for 50? GO FOR IT
post #3 of 6
I'd definitely grab the Xonar DX considering it's on sale! That's literally a steal.
post #4 of 6
yup get the xonar dx. i might buy one for that price
post #5 of 6
U want amps

I would do a Asus STX (i got it and teh amp is awsome!! i can get about 128dbs ... it is LOUD! but i have AT-M50's and it is AMAZING!
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(i got mine for about 110$ was worth the money ... i also bought my head phones for 80$ it is good stuff )
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