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Greetings.

So i've read the main recommendation thread and i think i know what i should be looking to get. But i want some advice from people.

My old rig had a Creative X-Fi Extreme soundcard. It wont fit in my current rig as my Motherboard is to new now. However i can get the same card that will fit the newer PCI slots for around £37 (Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio - OEM )

Now my speaker system is a totaly OTT Logitech Z5500 ..which is no longer on sale, infact i dont think Logitech do anything that big anymore. Anyway its a very nice speaker system.
Problem is my current onboard sound chip doesnt seem to give the nice bass im used to. I have to really crank up my sub woofer to get any meanfull base to come out. Usualy 6/9 bars or more. With my old sound card i only needed 3/9 bars on the controler at max and it would produce enough base to rattle the windows.

Im more interested in music quality than gaming quality beleve it or not lol. Even though my rig is directed to gaming, when it comes to sound i would prefer better music quality over good gaming sound.

Im willing to spend in the region of £80 for a good all round card.
The cards iv seen are all Creative or Asus cards. But being that iv only EVER used creative cards i have no clue how the scale of cards work with Asus and which ones r better than others. Like the Asus Xonar DX vs Asus Xonar D2X

Sugestions ?
Stryker LGA 2011
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Stryker LGA 2011
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930k @ 4.6ghz &1.376v P9X79 Pro GTX 780 Classified G.Skill 16GB 1866mhz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Corsaire Performance Pro 128gb CD/RW DVD/RW 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EKWB Supremecy Evo EK-FC780 GTX Classy - Acetal+Nickel WaterBlock AlphaCool NexXos Monsta 240 Radiator Front w/ ... XSPC D5 Photon 270 Pump&Res 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC AX240 White Top w/ Push XSPC AX 240 White External Rear w/ Push Windows 7 Premium 64 Panasonic 42" Plasma (60hz) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Seasonic Platinum 1000w CM Storm Stryker Mad Catz R.A.T 7 MMO 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Mad Catz G.L.I.D.E 7 Logitech Z5500 Speaker System Asus Xonar D2X FiiO X3K 
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One of the main differences I can see between the DX and D2X is the RCA outputs on the D2X.

The D2X appears (from Amazon reviews) to be geared more toward a HTPC, but if you want it primarily for music, that might be a plus for you.

Xonar cards are good, and the unified drivers definitely help (stay away from the Phoebus line, or the Creative Recon3D line).

If you can stretch your budget a bit, consider the Sound Blaster Zx or it's cheaper counterpart the Sound Blaster Z.

I've heard nothing but good things about both, and I'm considering getting one soon to replace my Xonar DG.
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