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Can anyone recommend me a low profile sound card for 5.1 surround sound speakers and headsets?

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I sometimes use my headset to game, but I usually use my x-530's. I'd like to find a low profile PCIe sound card which is low profile and won't block my fans TOO much. Other than that any external sound processor is also fine! My budget is $200 but you don't need to max it out.
    
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Check this one out.

http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_DX/

Reviews:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/5599-asus-xonar-dx-7-1-pci-e-sound-card-review-2.html

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/05/26/asus-xonar-dx-pci-express-soundcard/1
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Hmm that's quite high profile....it covers over half the fans.

Could you recommend me some of the less length full hight pcie sound cards (e.g. the XiFi Titanium Blaster HD's profile)? I still haven't bought my gpu yet but I might just go with a blower...
    
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I'd hesitate to spend any kind of substantial money for a sound card just for those kind of low-end 5.1 setups. Is there any particular reason why you don't want to use the motherboard's onboard audio?

Also I'd hesitate to cram analog audio components right next to high-end graphics cards, which often generate EMI galore.

If you're going to get anything at all, I wouldn't get more than the Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1 (USB):
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Soundblaster-Surround-System-SB1095/dp/B0044DEDCA
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Oh okay, I'm all for getting high end speakers as-well in good time! First step is the sound-card though, the onboard makes HORRIBLE crackles and pops every 20 min which drives me insane. I figure I might as-well just go for a middle-high end sound-card now to be able to power better headphones (high impedance) and for higher-end speakers. It's mostly for gaming but I listen to my fair share of music and watch the occasional movie...
    
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Originally Posted by JassimH View Post

the onboard makes HORRIBLE crackles and pops every 20 min which drives me insane

It CAN be your onboard soundcard, but it's also possible that the pops come from an external fault.

E.g. if the refrigerator in the kitchen pops up, or if an electrical engine in the house starts (vacum cleaner, airco,...) it will give a peak of amperage for a moment (milliesecond or so wink.gif). And since ALL your wires in the house are conected somehow, the "pop" can circulate everywhere in any device. Also your PC, and if it goes into your soundcard, it will amplify and that's the "pop" you can hear... Nothing to do to that.

Only thing you can do is to put your PSU power cable into a device like this: (Only one!!! 2 in serie will make it worse because in the end it's a filter... and putting 2 filters behind each other will create lot's of funny things BUT NOT a solution wink.gif)

Overcurrent/overvolt protection (this is also known by a lot of Logitech Z-5500 users, incl me wink.gif)

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As for your question:

Dunno if you can do something with this one... It's a SLIM one it says...

http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_HDAV13_Slim/#specifications
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Asus Xonar DX is probably the way to go for a good low profile pci-e sound card.
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