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Can be 1x, 4x, or PCI, Just want something capable to use with my newly purchased AD700s

Thanks
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Asus Xonar gets a lot of recommendations, I use Xonar_DG 5.1 newegg USA $33 SHIPPED - $10 MIR.
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 (24 BIT 192 KHz) is audiophile $57 shipped - $10 MIR.

SIIG has a good reputation, I was looking at IC-7 10012-S2 7.1 24 BIT 96 KHz $24 shipped
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One of the Xonars, I hear A LOT of good things about them. Creative Soundblaster I hear are good too but idk about them.
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Here, this is the one you want.

http://www.overclock.net/audio/11582...0-shipped.html

Pair that with THESE drivers and you'll be blown away!
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You'll get better use out of a FiiO E7/10/11.
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Thanks, I'll keep my eyes on the marketplace
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the AD700 does not need AMP (38 ohms only)

so if the purpose was driving the headphones any on-board can do it

otherwise the Xonar DG or the DS is the best you can get
    
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Originally Posted by Bo_Punk_2.0 View Post
Here, this is the one you want.

http://www.overclock.net/audio/11582...0-shipped.html

Pair that with THESE drivers and you'll be blown away!
Not a bad deal. Though even those drivers have some compatibility issues with win 7 IIRC. But a nice op amp swap, should sound nice.

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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
You'll get better use out of a FiiO E7/10/11.
E11 is a headphone amp, not a DAC, and the E10 isnt released yet. These are also out of the OP's budget.

I would keep my eye out for a used Xonar DX, usually sell for ~$50. Pretty great budget sound card, barely noticed a difference on my AD700s going from a DX to my STX (though it was more noticeable on other cans). Can't find one on the marketplace for you right now, but they pop up fairly frequently. Their drivers were also designed for win 7, and they work quite well, never had any issues. Keep in mind the DX will need a tiny 4 pin power connector to work.
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Originally Posted by pangolinman View Post

E11 is a headphone amp, not a DAC, and the E10 isnt released yet. These are also out of the OP's budget.

I would keep my eye out for a used Xonar DX, usually sell for ~$50. Pretty great budget sound card, barely noticed a difference on my AD700s going from a DX to my STX (though it was more noticeable on other cans). Can't find one on the marketplace for you right now, but they pop up fairly frequently. Their drivers were also designed for win 7, and they work quite well, never had any issues. Keep in mind the DX will need a tiny 4 pin power connector to work.
I have yet to use a sound card where it out performed just an amp in terms of a noticeable difference, regardless how low of an independence the headphone was. The benefits are heavily favored in an amp. Most people can't even notice the change in DACs.

The E10 will also be out pretty soon...

http://mp4nation.net/catalog/fiio-e1...r-2-p-653.html

I realize these are out of his price range, but I don't see the point in getting a $50 or less sound card for just a headphone. As far as I'm concerned, a dedicated sound card is only nice after you have an amp. But why bother when you can get an amp and DAC in one.

Correction:

http://www.miccastore.com/fiio-e10-u...9bf338558bc352

It is on sale now.
Edited by pLuhhmm - 11/3/11 at 6:45pm
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I will be grabbing this from the marketplace unless I find a really good deal for it new. Currently, it looks like my best option is a Xonar DS, DS or DX.
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