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I don't really have a budget, If I don't have enough I will wait a few paychecks until I can buy it but I am looking for a sound card that is fairly high end but still fairly cost effective. So anything at the high end of the cost effective zone would be nice, I have no experience with sound cards so all help is nice.

All input appreciated
Thanks.
post #2 of 8
Love my Asus Xonar D2X, plays great in all kinds of music and games. Clear and nice sound.
Xonar Essence STX is also a very good card.

But both of the above is pretty expensive, and certainly not needed for most people.
So if you don't have the best speakers/headset or just don't need the best I would recommend the Asus Xonar DX which is a very fair priced card and sure as hell beats any onboard sound out of the water thumb.gif
    
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Love my Asus Xonar D2X, plays great in all kinds of music and games. Clear and nice sound.
Xonar Essence STX is also a very good card.

But both of the above is pretty expensive, and certainly not needed for most people.
So if you don't have the best speakers/headset or just don't need the best I would recommend the Asus Xonar DX which is a very fair priced card and sure as hell beats any onboard sound out of the water thumb.gif

Thanks. I will probably go with the Xonar DX.
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Keep in mind:
Requesting Some Audio Advice Here? READ THIS FIRST!

You didn't even tell which headphones/speakers you are using, so all the recommendations are completely useless and have no point.
Personally I wouldn't be surprised if you have one of those USB-headsets and think that a soundcard would improve the sound quality...
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Keep in mind:
Requesting Some Audio Advice Here? READ THIS FIRST!

You didn't even tell which headphones/speakers you are using, so all the recommendations are completely useless and have no point.
Personally I wouldn't be surprised if you have one of those USB-headsets and think that a soundcard would improve the sound quality...

Not sure how good they are but seem good to me, I am on my second pair of: Everglide s-500 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RHZAF6/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=43825535369&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=756917314513565401&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1irxsfbokp_b If you could tell me if they are good enough that would be great, I can buy others if these are not good enough though, Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

Keep in mind:
Requesting Some Audio Advice Here? READ THIS FIRST!

You didn't even tell which headphones/speakers you are using, so all the recommendations are completely useless and have no point.
Personally I wouldn't be surprised if you have one of those USB-headsets and think that a soundcard would improve the sound quality...


As for answering the requesting some audio help thread: Already stated the budget. My music taste is jazz, my favorite being slow funks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5J9ZStZqnY I don't really know what the perks like high impedance mean so ya. All I have is the s-500. I will use it at home for listening to music and gaming. I live in the US and use newegg, I hope that answers any questions you have, If you have any others just ask. Thanks.
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Xonar's are great for Jazz, so should be fine smile.gif
But if you fancy music, I would also invest in better headphones than that. For example Beyerdynamic or Sennheiser. Never go for the cheaper ones, as they will kill the joy of music. Both are good brands, and I personally own the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro. Great headphones for all kinds of music.
So if you got the money for it, I would highly recommend it. It can actually compete with headsets 2-3x the price! But it is still a expensive headset for most people.

I had the Sennheiser HD280 Pro before, and they are about half the price and also sound very good. They have gone down a lot the later years, although not as good as the Beyer. it's still a very good headset too.
    
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SBZ OEM
I personally recommend that over the DX, and I have a DX (PCI version). The main reason is 20ohm output impedance (SBZ) vs 100ohm output impedance (DX).
So the SBZ is much more headphone friendly with it's amplifier, dedicated headphone jack, SBX surround and output impedance.

Headphone & Amp Impedance
Mad Lust Envy's Headphone Gaming Guide
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