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I had a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional that just died on me. I bought it very reasonably from the legendary NCSpecV81 a few years back. Right now I'm just using the onboard ALC898 from my Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (check rig "It Plays Vidya Gaems" for full specs) but I am looking to upgrade. I'm not sure whether to go with another sound card or DAC or what...

90% of the time I am using Audio Technica ATH-AD700 headphones and 10% of the time using a set of Swan M10 2.1 speakers. I listen to a lot of music and am all over the place with the genres (ska/reggae, thrash metal, classic rock, punk, doom metal) and I like sound with a good, pronounced bass. I also do some gaming and frequently use a Zalman clip on mic for Skype/Ventrilo.

I don't have a set budget really, although I don't want to go too insane. I just got a bonus so I have some money to toss around, and if I'm going to spend a lot I want it to be a good investment that will last for a long time and give me a great experience. So let's say preferably around $250, but I could do up to $500 if you can convince me spending that much is going to make my experience mega awesome. At the same time I wouldn't object to something inexpensive like an Asus Xonar DGX if it would suit my needs good.
Edited by Dopamin3 - 7/26/13 at 5:55pm
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I actually think a Asus Xonar DGX would be a pretty good choice. It has Dolby® Headphone support and a built in headphone amp. Great bang for buck. That being said you could always splurge a bit and go for the Asus Xonar D2X but really I think in terms of price/benefit the Xonar DGX is a better fit.
    
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vote ZxR for your new soundcard
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My opinion is: Never pay more for your soundcard than what you paid for your headphones...

Maybe Sound Blaster Z for the dedicated headphone jacks.
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