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Have you guys read the various reviews on the Creative Recon cards? Might want to do that before recommending them to anyone...
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What I can do is pair a Asus Xonar DX with a Fiio E7 or something.
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The Creative Recon cards are absolutely awful, sorry for being so blunt but it's just so true.

I do quite a bit of sound engineering, and have gone through a lot of sound cards as it seems like every model has that one unacceptable flaw. Seeing as how I need recording as well as high enough quality playback for mastering, I am a bit picky.

That said, my absolute favorite card for all around use is the Titanium HD. It simply offers incredible performance in games, recording and mixing, movies, and music, with no downsides that I've ever encountered.
It is a shame that it's being phased out, as even the ZxR is a step down in my experience.

Alternatively, if you want something more media focused, the HT Omega Claro Halo XT is unbeatable in the consumer market.

The Asus Dxx cards are good on a budget, and trump the equivalent Creative offerings, but I would highly recommend staying away from any of the too common gimmicky sound cards out there.
   
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

The Creative Recon cards are absolutely awful, sorry for being so blunt but it's just so true.

I do quite a bit of sound engineering, and have gone through a lot of sound cards as it seems like every model has that one unacceptable flaw. Seeing as how I need recording as well as high enough quality playback for mastering, I am a bit picky.

That said, my absolute favorite card for all around use is the Titanium HD. It simply offers incredible performance in games, recording and mixing, movies, and music, with no downsides that I've ever encountered.
It is a shame that it's being phased out, as even the ZxR is a step down in my experience.

Alternatively, if you want something more media focused, the HT Omega Claro Halo XT is unbeatable in the consumer market.

The Asus Dxx cards are good on a budget, and trump the equivalent Creative offerings, but I would highly recommend staying away from any of the too common gimmicky sound cards out there.

That is exactly what I recommended as well thumb.gif

The good news about them being phased out is that you can pick them up for about half of their original price.
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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

The Creative Recon cards are absolutely awful, sorry for being so blunt but it's just so true.

I do quite a bit of sound engineering, and have gone through a lot of sound cards as it seems like every model has that one unacceptable flaw. Seeing as how I need recording as well as high enough quality playback for mastering, I am a bit picky.

That said, my absolute favorite card for all around use is the Titanium HD. It simply offers incredible performance in games, recording and mixing, movies, and music, with no downsides that I've ever encountered.
It is a shame that it's being phased out, as even the ZxR is a step down in my experience.

Alternatively, if you want something more media focused, the HT Omega Claro Halo XT is unbeatable in the consumer market.

The Asus Dxx cards are good on a budget, and trump the equivalent Creative offerings, but I would highly recommend staying away from any of the too common gimmicky sound cards out there.

as both a happy owner of a Zx and NOT as familiar with audio, care to share why you think the ZxR is a step down? Is it a step down in general or for your application?

just out of curiousity - I'm happy with mine either way, but I always enjoy hearing from more experienced users
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I've been really happy with my ASUS Xonar Essense STX, except that it was a pain to get working when I initially installed it. Driver wouldn't install properly, and it would only work in the PCI-E x1 slot. But it sounds awesome, so I imagine their other Xonar products would too.
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What I can do is pair a Asus Xonar DX with a Fiio E7 or something.
Why on earth would you do that? FiiO E7 is an absolutely phenomenal DAC with a very good headphone amplifier, you're way better off skipping the risks at interconnect stage and just using the FiiO E7 as it is.

Also, do you know what does the latency do to the sound? You really will not ever notice latency issues if they are under 20ms. It doesn't change any other part of the audio quality than how long does it take for a digital impulse to reach the DAC stage from the computer, according to the relation between the sample buffer and sample rate. Nothing else is changed.

But yes, if you can and only require stereo, get the FiiO E7, at least it has thorough measurements posted online.
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