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So, this summer, I plan on upgrading to a better sound system/headphones and a sound card. I want to begin recording my saxophone in really high quality, probably .flac format, but I am having a hard time figuring out what hardware to get. I am currently looking at the Asus Xonar STX, which seems to be pretty highly regarded in the Hi-Fi community. As for the recording, what mic would you recommend? Something reasonably priced, preferably below $200, but not limited to.

Pertaining to my sound system/headphones, I have a 2.1 Altec Lansing system, which with the on-board Supreme FX IV, sounds pretty good. I don't own any headphones, currently. I would like to get some really nice audio gear. I have no point-of-reference for brands or go-to products in the speaker department. For headphones, though, I am considering something from Sennheiser. Again, I would like to keep the headphones within reasonable price-limits, so below $200, again, but not limited to. I have no idea for the speakers; a 5.1 system would be nice, but I am open to anything 2.1 and above.

Thanks for any advice you can provide; I'm new to the audiophile department, but I would love to stay smile.gif

Cheers,

briddell
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Arch Linux 64-bit Asus 24" 1920x1080 LED Rosewill 9000 w/ MX Blues Seasonic X650 
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Scratch build test bench Logitech G600 black Xtrac Ripper XXL 2x Corsair AF 140mm quiet edition case fans 
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Promilatech PK-1 
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I can help you on the listening side,

I'm a Mcintosh fanboy (They look great, sound great and hold their value), you can pick up a 2 channel pre-amp and amp for short money, my stuff is over 10 years old and they still sounds great. I'm also partial to the Totem Rainmakers they're a good entry level bookshelf speaker.
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