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Out of idle curiosity more than serious interest, what is the best music-oriented sound card avaliable - price is no object - ?

I'm sure you all know about the $80 Elite Pro + headphone bundle on newegg, but I noticed it didn't have the X-Fi I/O Console included. What exactly is the purpose of this console, and would it be worth having?
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The console is just a thing that goes to the front of your PC and has some knobs to adjust stuff, it's not really needed.
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The more popular "nice" cards seem to be the X-FI Elite Pro, Asus Xonar, Auzentech Prelude, and the HT Omega Claro. What other ones are comparable, or more importantly better?
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I would say that the Xonar and Prelude are about the same for music, with the prelude being a little better in games. They are both better then the Elite Pro. I don't know too much about the Claro.
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I guess my next question would be: how much of a difference would/should I notice between one of these cards and my XtremeGamer? Similarly, is that difference worth the cost?
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I guess my next question would be: how much of a difference would/should I notice between one of these cards and my XtremeGamer? Similarly, is that difference worth the cost?
Depends on what you use your sound card for. Music would be much better, gaming might be a diminishing marginal return that would not be worth the money.
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I guess my next question would be: how much of a difference would/should I notice between one of these cards and my XtremeGamer? Similarly, is that difference worth the cost?
If you already have the gamer, probably not. If you found the xonar or prelude on sale, it could be worth it though.
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post #8 of 46
For just music? It might be the ESI Juli@.
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For just music? It might be the ESI Juli@.
Mmmm. white, that's unusual, but not bad either.

I haven't heard of this one before, is it really a better music card than all the others?
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The front panel is NOT something to look over if you are planning on recording from a "real" microphone, or other quarter inch instruments. Also if you are planning on doing work with midi's then you absolutely need that. It also has the optical audio toslink in and outs (the #1 choice connection of Audiophiles)

If you want games and music production go with xfi

If you strictly want audio production and no game performance go with M-Audio
http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=...=PCIinterfaces
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