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Hey guys,

My Auzentech X-fi Forte is popping/crackling now. We all know how lousy Auzentech support is. I am looking for a replacement sound card.

Here's my equipment:
-Sennheiser HD 595 headphones , I use these sometimes when gaming.
-Klipsch 5.1 ProMedia , I use this mostly for Music, and sometimes gaming if no one else is home, Also Blu Ray movies.

I previously owned a Auzentech Prelude, and obviously the X-Fi forte. I need to utilize the PCI-E slot and cannot run PCI.

The X-FI forte had a headphone amp, but I'm finding it difficult to find a card in that price range that has both Analog 5.1 surround with a built in Headphone amp.

I've thought about getting a X-FI card and then amping the HD 595s seperately. I'm not really even sure that these headphones take advantage of an amplifier (yes im a rookie with headphone knowledge).

The other cards I was looking at was the Asus Xonar DX, the Asus Donar D2X used.

What do you guys think I should do? Do I even need the headphone amp?

Thanks!
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Probably not worth the extra cash for a separate headphone amp, the HD 595's are fine without it.

Go for a card that allows analog 5.1 if you need it, and take away the requirement of having a headphone amp and you should be golden thumb.gif
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