Originally Posted by barkinos98
like which card? im planning on a pair, at least the A2 (i think, the cheapest) and do want to hear good audio.
Likely an Asus Xonar at this point... sound cards are really disappointing lately. Pretty much every review you'll find about Creative's new Sound Core3D (branded Recon3D) says it's an all-in-one chip, but is clearly not of audiophile quality and is not even in the same ballpark as the previous Audigy or X-Fi. Ever since Apple took over the MP3 market from them (Nomad was the de facto MP3 player before Apple made an iPod), Creative has been trying to make popular products instead of high quality ones for whatever reason.
I've heard decent things about the Audioengine D1 for a DAC that's almost always better than whatever would be internal, but you can only get the 192KHz from the optical port, and you wouldn't be able to setup two pair of A5+'s for surround like you would with a full blown pre-amp.
The long story short is that you have some options to reach audiophile quality, but you're going to have to put in a lot of research to find exactly what you want.