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Hi there,

I'd like to know what's the best choice for a soundcard with a 70€ budget

I mostly play rhythm and fps games and listen to alot of music


(And sorry if I'm asking here, I have no clue about soundcards since it would be my first one)
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Do you use headphones more often or speakers?
    
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

Do you use headphones more often or speakers?

Just Headphones, I'm trying to get my hands on used premium headphones now (because I don't have more than 200€ atm), so I want a nice soundcard along also
post #4 of 5
Well you have several options. If you wanted to save money and dabble into better sound without making a sizable investment up front, the ASUS Xonar DG is literally the best budget sound card available.

It's got a built-in headphone amp, Dolby Headphone (up to virtual 7.1), 5.1 digital and analog out for DD and DTS (no DD Live! or other formats / licensing however), many sets of drivers (newest ones are working brilliantly for me, directly from ASUS, but third party drivers work really well too), GX 2.5 (EAX simulation for older games that support EAX), and it's around $20 shipped. It's a steal, a bargain and pretty hard to beat at it's price point.

But - if you're willing to make a larger investment up front - I would say the Xonar DX would be a great buy but you'll miss out on a headphone amp. Next up from there would be the Essence or STX (I think they're different) and one (or both, not sure to be honest) also has a headphone amp built-in which is of higher quality than what is in the DG.

Creative also has a bunch of cards but I'm under the impression they're really all very similar to an extent, but I have no direct experience with any of them outside of old SB Live!, 5.1 and Sound Blaster cards from waaaay back in the day. I'll leave someone else to give you the info on their line of cards.

There are also Azuntech cards, but I'm under the impression as well (again - no first hand experience) that they can be matched in price point and quality by the Xonar line. I'm sure their higher end cards may offer different options/value at that particular price point.

Hope that helps.
    
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post #5 of 5
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thank you ganja, i'll probally go for the Xonar DX since it fits my budget best


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