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I currently have a Creative X-Fi Surround USB external sound card and unfortunately I cannot figure out why my USB on X79 is causing the sound to pop and click while playing any audio. From Browser to iTunes and to DVD-BluRay. I ended up sticking to onboard audio but it's plain without any bass richness at all.

 

Due to the issue, I'm preparing to ditch the external audio card...

 

 

1. What is the best PCI-E Audio Card up to $100?

 

2. What is the best PCI-E Audio Card if you think those sub $100 isn't worth getting? (need to convince me for those beyond $100 to $300)

 

 

 

Below are my desk sound system and my headphone.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

51gld7tY35L._SL250_.jpg

 

http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-GigaWorks-T40-Series-II-Speakers/M/B001S14DYO.htm

 

 

 

hdj-2000.jpg

 

http://www.pioneerdjusa.com/gear.aspx?product=HDJ-2000

 


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The sticky has all your answers:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/most-commonly-recommended-audio-products
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The sticky has all your answers:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/most-commonly-recommended-audio-products


Yes, I've read them but they seem to be outdated to me. There are a few new one lately as well Recon3D etc.

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For gaming or music? Given your speakers and headphones I wouldn't spend above $50 unless you're planning to upgrade. Personally I would either get the refurb titanium for 36 which is a great deal, or look for a titanium hd second hand if you're feeling flush. If you are looking to upgrade to better speakers/headphones later then consider the essence stx.

The recon3d series is supposed to be good for games, and worse for music than the titanium series.
     
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For gaming or music? Given your speakers and headphones I wouldn't spend above $50 unless you're planning to upgrade. Personally I would either get the refurb titanium for 36 which is a great deal, or look for a titanium hd second hand if you're feeling flush. If you are looking to upgrade to better speakers/headphones later then consider the essence stx.
The recon3d series is supposed to be good for games, and worse for music than the titanium series.


speaker is fine what I have. The HDJ-2000 is top of the line professional headphone ($350) if you didn't know.

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-HDJ-2000-Reference-Professional-Headphones/dp/B001LQXYKK

 

I'm trying to avoid Creative card as for now. I'll check out "essence stx" in that case.

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I have this: Asus Xonar DX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

IMO it's the best you can get for 100$. plus, ANYTHING will be better than onboard sound.
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Professional DJ headphones are not the same as audiophile headphones. Sorry if I offended you, if they are well reviewed then that's great, I was just trying to save you money. I just assumed because they were DJ ones that the balance was off. I've tried quite a few of DJ headphones over the last ten years and none have compared to audiophile headphones. If you think they're awesome enough to justify it then get the STX, it's an awesome card.
     
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Professional DJ headphones are not the same as audiophile headphones. Sorry if I offended you, if they are well reviewed then that's great, I was just trying to save you money. I just assumed because they were DJ ones that the balance was off. I've tried quite a few of DJ headphones over the last ten years and none have compared to audiophile headphones. If you think they're awesome enough to justify it then get the STX, it's an awesome card.


No problem, probably I didn't know about it either. I got them due to durability and etc. You might be right about the off balance and etc.

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Thank you and made my choice. I went with Xonar DX 7.1, one of the best audio card. My other friend has it as well.

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Windows 10 Pro 15.6" Matte IPS HD 120Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC ASUS Aura Core 230w PSU 
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Logitech G602 Logitech G440 Logitech G933 
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5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
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5HP 5HP 5HP 5HP 
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5HP 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 3930K 4.9Ghz Asus Sabertooth X79 EVGA GTX TITAN 1250Mhz KPE/Hybrid BIOS (SOLD) NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
32GB Samsung 30nm 2400Mhz OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung 850 EVO 13000GB HDDs 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EKWB Custom Watercooling, XSPC, Bitpower, Primo... Windows 10 Pro x64 (1607) ASUS PG278Q G-SYNC (2560x1440) Logitech G910 Onion Spark 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA 850G2 Gold Fractal Design Define S Logitech G502 Logitech G440 
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Logitech G933 Xbox One Controller Asus RT-AC68U Hitron CDA3 
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