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Hey guys, I'm in a bit of a dilemma, I've got $400 to spend on my computer at the moment, and I'm looking at getting new speakers (since my old ones died) and sound card, or Audioengine 5+ speakers and buying a sound card at a later date.
I'm currently looking at getting Audioengine 2's with an Xonar STX ($398 total) or getting Audioengine P4's with an Xonar DX ($358 total).
I really enjoy my quality audio and I am not sure which would produce the better quality audio. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you smile.gif
post #2 of 5
With speakers audio, focus on the speakers itself rather than the soundcard. If I was building a new sound system now, I would go for cheap DAC (like UCA202) and put rest of the money on speaker. Or buy a a/v receiver and look for passive speakers.
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Buy the best speakers you can and pair them with a Asus Xonar DG (change the opamp to a LM4562) I have one and the sound is pretty good its on pair with 90/100€ (with LM4562) sound card's and its just around 30€ thumb.gif
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Thanks for the quick replies guys! It's great to know that people know about this stuff, thanks for the help.
So what I gather from this is that I should be going for the better speakers rather than the better sound card, correct? I also frequently play games while on a voice call with someone on skype or other programs like that, would that matter?
post #5 of 5
You could get a UCA202 or Sabre DAC, and either spend the rest on active speakers.

The more flexible option would be to get a $200 receiver and $150 could get some solid bookshelf speakers. That way you could add a sub later or upgrade speakers/amp separately.

Here's what I'd do
HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC ($40)
Emotiva mini-X a-100 ($220)
Polk TSi100 ($150) or BIC America DV62si ($110) or Pioneer SP-BS22-LR ($90)
You could add a sub later for $200
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