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Hey guys, sorry about beating a dead horse but I'm in need of some advice regarding sound cards. I recently placed an order on a set of Z-5500 and I don't want to have it running on my on-board sound. I was wondering which is the best route to take if I'm going down the Audio Playback road? I'm not much of a gamer anymore.

EDIT:Oops I forgot my budget. I'm willing to spend up to $150 more or less.

Thanks in Advanced.
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Will you want to record anything like podcasts?
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Will you want to record anything like podcasts?
Nope, just playback in the form of Mp3s, DVDs and what not.
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I like the Razer Barracuda AC-1. Its a very understated card and the sound quality is amazing!!
Multi channel in both speakers and headphones, plus the software it comes with is very good imho.
Its $179 ar newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829153001
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I like the Razer Barracuda AC-1. Its a very understated card and the sound quality is amazing!!
Multi channel in both speakers and headphones, plus the software it comes with is very good imho.
Its $179 ar newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829153001
I would say it's a very overstated card. The Bluegears b-inspirer is better for the price... it has the exact same sound quality as the Barracuda.
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b-Enspirer is what I plan on getting.
    
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Thanks for the input guys (+ rep). I was doing some poking around and found the Creative X-FI XtremeMusic for sale here and there. I was wondering which route I should take with regards to the Bluegear. I'm planning to order next week (hoping to score a deal on Memorial Day).

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Thanks for the input guys (+ rep). I was doing some poking around and found the Creative X-FI XtremeMusic for sale here and there. I was wondering which route I should take with regards to the Bluegear. I'm planning to order next week (hoping to score a deal on Memorial Day).

Thanks again,
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Well, with music, the bluegears will technically give you better sound quality than the X-Fi (although the X-Fi is still pretty badass) but it won't game as well. Plus b-Inspirer supports Dolby Digital Live so you can use a digital connection with your z5500's and still retain the 5.1

If I didn't game, I would probably have the b-Inspirer.
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I would say it's a very overstated card. The Bluegears b-inspirer is better for the price... it has the exact same sound quality as the Barracuda.
And to beat the Bluegears b-Enspirer for the price would be the Sondigo Inferno which is practically exactly the same as the Bluegears, but price at only $80. It still uses the same AKM AK4396VF DACs and C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD chipset as the Bluegears, along with a slightly lower JRC 4560 OPAMPs opposed to the Bluegears' JRC 4580 OPAMPs. The Sondigo used to be priced the same as the Bluegears (which is why I recommended the Bluegears more) but now that it's $30 cheaper, it's a better deal.

Skip the X-Fi cards since you don't game unless you plan to mod it.
    
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And to beat the Bluegears b-Enspirer for the price would be the Sondigo Inferno which is practically exactly the same as the Bluegears, but price at only $80. It still uses the same AKM AK4396VF DACs and C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD chipset as the Bluegears, along with a slightly lower JRC 4560 OPAMPs opposed to the Bluegears' JRC 4580 OPAMPs. The Sondigo used to be priced the same as the Bluegears (which is why I recommended the Bluegears more) but now that it's $30 cheaper, it's a better deal.

Skip the X-Fi cards since you don't game unless you plan to mod it.
Whoa, I didn't know about that card. Now I'm interested because I can actually afford that... Thanks
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