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I'm planning a new rig, and I want a good sound card this time around.

I had a SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card that came with my ASUS Maximus II Formula motherboard.

I still have my ATH-A700's, but I'm gonna start looking at some other pairs.

I won't have a 7.1 SS setup, but from what I've seen, all the high-end soundcards have 7.1 ability anyways.

Budget is ~$200, I don't know how expensive these can get. I've only seen what's on newegg.

EDIT: PCI-E only.
Edited by Aden Florian - 2/19/09 at 8:46am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010
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Get the Xonar DX...at $100 under your budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
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What's the difference between the two?

And what is a headphone amp used for?

EDIT: I should have mentioned, it has to be PCI-E, it will be the only slot available.
Edited by Aden Florian - 2/19/09 at 8:47am
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The one I linked you to is the latest of the Xonar series.

Has more input/output ports for different devices:

SNR: 118 dB Input Signal-to-Noise Ratio 124dB for Front-out 110dB for Headphone-out dB
Line In: Yes
SPDIF Out: High-bandwidth Coaxial/TOS-Link combo port supports 192KHz/24bit
MIC In: Yes
Other Ports: Aux-In (4-pin header on the card) Front-Panel Header: Shared by Headphone out / 2 channels out / Microphone in S/PDIF Header: Connects to compatiable graphic cards for HDMI output.
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I can see that some cards support 92KHz and some 192KHz. Does that have anything to do with headphones, or is it just for a HT setup?
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X-Fi AuzenTech gets my vote.
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post #9 of 17
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Okay, thanks for the info guys, I'm gonna stick with ASUS, and I'll most likely go with the Xonar DX, because I don't think the audio quality through headphones will be any different between the two.

What about a headphone amp? Could I benefit from one, or did modern sound cards replace them?
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Originally Posted by Aden Florian View Post
Okay, thanks for the info guys, I'm gonna stick with ASUS, and I'll most likely go with the Xonar DX, because I don't think the audio quality through headphones will be any different between the two.

What about a headphone amp? Could I benefit from one, or did modern sound cards replace them?
the xonar dx needs an amp to be decent. it has very little power. a small portable amp will drive ad700s no problem
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