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1. Budget : $79.39 absolute maximum with shipping, tax and the like.

2. Music Taste: Rock (queen, Guns n roses, abba, CCR, and the like), big band (sinatra, and the like), older country (late 70s into the 80s). Sometimes classical, and Marching band recordings.

3. Perks: Don't know if it counts, but a front panel HD connector.

4. Products use with it: JVC XX HA-M5X for now. Upgrading speakers latter as part of the desktop upgrade.

5. How to use it: Full time audio source. So music a lot (about 60% of the time), Gaming (mainly COD and BF3, as well as Command and Conquer (all of them) and MOH (all of them) ), as well as whatever sounds the system throws at me (boot up sound, error sounds and the like).

6. Rockingham County, NC, USA. Prefer to buy online (as local stores are 30-80 miles away depending on which city you go to (Greensboro (winston and High Point included) or Roanoke/Christiansburg/blacksburg/salem (all bout the same distance too) ). Retailer must accept paypal (as that is where my money is right now). Looked on Newegg and Amazon already.




I was looking at:
http://www.amazon.com/PCI-Express-Channel-XONAR_DX-XD-90-YAA060-1UAN00Z/dp/B0017DJXG6/ref=sr_1_46?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350275155&sr=1-46
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Channel-Audio-Sound/dp/B001EZQ8YC/ref=sr_1_49?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350275174&sr=1-49
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-Recon3D-SB1350/dp/B00654PUPA/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1350275216&sr=1-13
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SYWB/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=


Newegg seems to be about the same equipment, so unless it is better priced I do not see a point to going there.

Have no idea what to look up on Ebay, so did not look there.


If there is a much better sound card far outside this budget, then next upgrade budget is $500 ish. So can use that too, just not as immediately.
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post #2 of 5
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-Xonar-DX-7-1-Channel-Sound-Card-/160898779706?pt=US_Sound_Cards_Internal_&hash=item2576508a3a

You this here if you don't mind that its refurbished. Its a stellar card and will fit your needs and budget.

If you're not using headphones you can get by with a Xonar DS (`$40) or DG (~30) actually.
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How good is the sound quality on the asus cards? Basically, I want good enough quality that my cheap $50 headphones are a audio bottleneck (reason to get way better speakers in 5.1 setup). I don't mind spending more if there is something really better out there. (meaning, I am seeing cards that look really good visually and look really professional that cost like $300, so I am getting kind of weary of the quality of a $30-$70 unit. )
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Modern cheap audio electronics are mostly very good relative to cheap speakers and headphones.

For the Asus Xonar lineup, everything but the DG / DGX and Essence ST / STX is not really considered to have a headphone amp. They just have a line output that you can abuse by running headphones out of them (again, noting that even audio electronics not even intended to run headphones should still be decent with many headphones, certain conditions being met). Same goes from some sound cards by others.

Unless you have weird buzzing / noises / interference on your onboard audio, your headphones should already be considered the "audio bottleneck", very very loosely speaking.

Just get a Xonar DG (PCI) / DGX (PCIe), unless you fancy trying some of Creative's DSP shenanigans.
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The problem is that I get no sound from my desktop at all. Standard question answers here now. Yes I checked the Speakers and headphones on other devices (which still did not carry a good audio signal, but it is 2006-7 integrated laptop audio, so not meant to be good anyway). Drivers are installed. Problem persist with front panel (when PCIe GPU is removed to allow access to the header), and the back panel. Problem persist across OSs (linux (CB, UB, Fedora), XP, and Vista). Guessing the issue is a bad chip on the board.
Simple fix would be grab a simple PCI card from anywhere and be done. But I want something that I will not have to upgrade when I go to better speakers. But it feels a lot like you are just suggesting based on my crappy headphones right now. So going on that, I will just wait and ask again when I have some good speakers.
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