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I have some monies to spend(newegg $40 coupon expires in 7 days), and want to buy a proper Soundcard/Amp to power my Dt770Pro80s. Most of my time that I use my headphones is playing BF3, and watching Youtube videos/anime. I usually listen to Pandora for music(Rock/Dubstep). I heard Creative is the best for games, and HT for music, with Asus as a mix for both? Currently my offline collection is 320MP3s, but I can get FLACs if it would make a difference(right now it doesn't)
So should I get:
  1. Creative
  2. HT Omega Striker
  3. Asus

Edited by ALiShaikh - 2/19/12 at 1:08am
     
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post #2 of 21
Damn I think you're on a onboard sound card right now, anyway, I'd recommend you to get a good sound card at first, and then go for the Fiio E7. Try to get the Asus one, good for both gaming and music. I'd recommend the STX but sadly it might not fit in your budget.
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post #3 of 21
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Yes I'm on Onboard right now. One reason I wanted the amp was so I could use it with my phone. And yeah the STX is WAY over my budget( 100(including the coupon));
     
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post #4 of 21
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Please help! Looking for a sound card under 100!
     
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post #5 of 21
Well, the Striker doesn't have dolby headphone so that would be a deal killer for me.

The X-fi does have EAX and open al support for the few games that use that. I probably play one game with eax or open al a year, no one uses it anymore.

I've been using a xonar dx. I really like it. Everything sounds good and I prefer dolby headphone over cmss3d in most games. If you're open to pci I guess that the Xonar DG and DS are another good option.
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Aren't the DS/DG worse than the DX?
     
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by ALiShaikh View Post

Aren't the DS/DG worse than the DX?

I doubt that the difference is all that huge. If I'm not mistaken they use the same c-media chip but a different dac and are missing a few features that I don't take advantage of anyways.

I love my Xonar DX, I think that you would be pleased with it.
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post #8 of 21
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D $99.99
Creative new sound card(i dont have it). I got the dt770 250 OHM headphones and had the dt770 80 OHM as well
The 80s are good with most amp in driven power. the 250 to hear all what shes got i need to plug in old amp,
New sound card has a 600 OHM amp on it(can power almost all headphones) and cmss-3d works well on creative cards for gaming.
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Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D is my recommendation. Owning older X-fi's and 2 xonars. The Recon blows them out of the water. Actually it blew them so far out of the water I am giving my Xonar away for free on here (ocn).
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post #10 of 21
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For music also?
     
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