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post #1 of 11
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Can anyone suggest a good sound card with digital output either PCI or PCI-E 1x?

Is there a difference in audio quality if I use Coaxial vs Optical? I use optical now and have to switch the cord between my 360 and my PC when I use one or the other, so if there isn't I guess I'd prefer a card with coaxial output.

Edit: I am really trying to keep cost to a minimum.
post #2 of 11
I'm no audiophile but I don't think you'd notice a big difference between coax vs. optical. Digital is digital(1/0). Some say coax sounds "warmer" whereas optical is "cleaner". I really can't tell the difference in the sound.

Anyway, this might be what you're looking for:
Audigy SE - $30
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Digital I/O Module - $15
    
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Thanks for the reply. I vowed never to do business with Creative again from past experience with their company, not to mention, they don't have any XP x64 driver support. I am kind of looking at the HT Omega Striker 7.1, has anyone heard anything about this card?
post #4 of 11
HT Omega makes good sound cards. But for your purpose I think the tried and true Chaintech AV710 would be the better choice. They can be found for $40 on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Chaintech-AV...QQcmdZViewItem
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The card would be more tempting if I could find it on chaintech's site to see if they have any XP x64 drivers, at the same time I don't wanna drop the $80+S&H for the Striker 7.1 from newegg.
post #6 of 11
Here's the thread about the AV710 if you need more info.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f46/ch...r-08-a-230506/
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Thanks! I'll do some more research on both cards for now.
post #8 of 11
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Well from looking at the two different sound cards I think I might go with the striker 7.1. First of all, you may get 192KHz with the AV710, depending on what envy chip you get, you might end up with just 96KHz. The striker also uses all solid state capacitors and seems to be very well built, not to mention has a few features the av710 doesn't like digital input and DTS NEOC. Thanks for the help.
post #9 of 11
the asus xonar d2x is pci-e 1x and has optical/coaxial in/out ports
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I've heard some good things about the ASUS sound cards.
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