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What PCI-E sound card is comparable to the Audigy and Audigy ZS?

As for upgrading, i might see myself not being able to use my PCI sound card.

Must be able to...
  • Output 5.1 and 7.1
  • Input for Mic and Line In
  • Front Panel Audio Connector
  • Same or better performance

Also what soundcard is good for headphones only? I might stick with Headphones and use onboard for my speakers.

EDIT: Provide two cards that output output 5.1 and 7.1 and 5.1 only.
Edited by Speedster159 - 11/30/13 at 11:58am
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post #2 of 9

Sounds like you could make do with a Xonar DGX. Think it meets all your requirements.

 

Or you could go the direct decendent of the ZS and get an FX?


Edited by Simca - 11/30/13 at 11:58am
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post #3 of 9
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Sounds like you could make do with a Xonar DGX. Think it meets all your requirements.

Or you could go the direct decendent of the ZS and get an FX?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post

Sounds like you could make do with a Xonar DGX. Think it meets all your requirements.

Or you could go the direct decendent of the ZS and get an FX?
How about for 7.1?

Edited the OP.
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post #4 of 9

Why do you need 7.1 if your only concern is headphones?

 

5.1/7.1 indicates that you'll be using surround sound via speakers not via "virtual surround."

 

So don't get confused. Virtual surround is also not the best..but there is software that the soundcards provide that can do virtual for you..so don't concern yourself with 7.1


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Why do you need 7.1 if your only concern is headphones?

5.1/7.1 indicates that you'll be using surround sound via speakers not via "virtual surround."

So don't get confused. Virtual surround is also not the best..but there is software that the soundcards provide that can do virtual for you..so don't concern yourself with 7.1
I have a 7.1 system and headphones.
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Pretty much anything above those soundcards then. DSX, DX, Sound Blaster Z.

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Pretty much anything above those soundcards then. DSX, DX, Sound Blaster Z.
Would i really notice the difference the 5.1 to 7.1?

I been using my sound card in 5.1 and my speakers to upmix that 5.1 to 7.1.
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post #8 of 9

Dude, I don't even know if you're using 5.1/7.1 correctly anymore. :\

 

You use 5.1 if you have 5 speakers. You use 7.1 if you have 7 speakers.

 

If you have 2 speakers you use 2.0. If you have headphones you use 2.0 or headphone mode.

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Dude, I don't even know if you're using 5.1/7.1 correctly anymore. :\

You use 5.1 if you have 5 speakers. You use 7.1 if you have 7 speakers.

If you have 2 speakers you use 2.0. If you have headphones you use 2.0 or headphone mode.
Here's the thing... for some reason my card won't go into 7.1 mode... -.-" Might be the drivers but i can't be bothered to check.

Gaming on this thing is a pain. Slow too.
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Intel Stock Fan MAG InnoVision 770FS Logitech Internet Pro AcBel R8 PowerII 650W 80+ 
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