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The constant need to spend money is telling me that I want a sound card now. I really don't want to spend over $100 for one but I keep reading that the good ones are all over $150. I see constant recommendations for the Auzen x-fi prelude and HT omega claro, but both those cards are around $180.

Since I don't want to spend the money for their top of the line cards I was thinking about buying one of there lower sub $100 cards. Both brands make one, both cost $79+shipping. I'm not sure if they are worth the money or if I should hold out for something else.

Right now I'm using the onboard sound and I have one of those splitter things with a cable going to my very cheap speakers built into my monitor. I only use those just to hear sound when browsing you tube and such. The other end of the Y splitter is going to my corda headfive powering my AKG k701. I'm pretty sure nobody approves of this and I agree that it sounds terrible.

I am also using the digital out and it's connected to my denon receiver. Using the digital out on my receiver the speakers sound terrible compared to the old stereo thing I had powering them prior to the denon. I just assume it's the denon's fault, but in the past I was using the analog connection of the Y splitter.

Now I'm wondering If I use the digital connection on the new card would it improve my sound? I don't think it would because I would still be using the dacs in the receiver just like I am now? Or could it be that the the sound card still plays a role in the process and improves my sound? I am also upset because I can't seem to get DD or DTS out of my onboard when I connect it to my receiver. I only have two speakers connected to it, but it should still play DD.

Any suggestions or advice?
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First off GET A SOUNDCARD!!!!

now that we have that out of the way, you will hear a significant increase of quality going from an onboard to a dedicated card. If you can't spend over $100 and are still a gamer, the most common suggestion is the X-fi Xtream music. The only problem with that is the card is no longer made and you have to get it third party. If you get it off ebay, make sure that it isn't an oem. Lots of people have driver issues the the oem cards. Otherwise the xtremegamer has replace the music in creatives product line. You could also go with a razer barracuda. It uses the oxygen hd chip (same as in the sandigo inferno and azuentech x-miridian) and while not the greatest for movies, it is a great gaming sound card. can be found here on ebay for under 80.

The reason you aren't getting DD or DTS from the onboard is that it probably doesn't support them. All the cards mentioned will give you DD and DTS (maybe need different drivers for DTS on the creative cards)

With the sound on your dennon receiver not being up to par, i doubt it has to do the the dennon. They usually have some nice products. Maybe if you gave us the model we could find out a little more.
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Well I don't really play too much games. I start a game and then get bored of it and stop playing after a few days. The only game that I really enjoyed playing was Diablo2. I rarely watch movies on my computer but when I do I would like it to work properly. It just upsets me that my old 754 abit did DD fine but this board can't. The abit was probably a higher model board during it's time.

The denon is an AVR-587. Its probably the cheapest model and i got it on clearance at CC for around $120. I also have a denon avr-3803 that I used before with my old computer connected through toslink and it sounded fine.

I mostly care about music. Sometimes I listen on my headphones and sometimes I like to play through my stereo. I don't know anything about Flac, but all of my original cd's are ripped using WM lossless. I also have some mp3's that are 192kb/s and some upto 320kb/s.
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if u like music get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829127002

i have it never looked to any other soundcard.
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Well I noticed you were in TX and I know that my local Office Depot has a couple of Xtreme Music Cards in stock still for $70 each... If you're lucky enough to find one at a local computer shop, I'd Suggest buying it. Otherwise go for the Extremegamer.
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My hearing isn't so great, so onboard sound has always been "good enough". Just my two cents.

HOWEVER, if you're itching to spend some money, how about a nice 8600GT to have on hand as a spare?
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