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Hello

Im thinking of buying a dedicated sound card.

I REALLY enjoy music, and i do want a very good sound experience, but sadly, i dont know anything about HOW to get that experience.

ive been doing some review research and the ASUS Xonar Essence ST seems to be the card that best accomplish my interests.

i would like to know what do you think about it.

i want the card for MUSIC and for gaming, but specially for music.

what is the difference in practice between PCI (this card) and PCIe for audio cards? i know that PCIe is faster, but does it really matter?

another question is if i should also upgrade my speakers.
my speakers are these.

any recommendations? any comment will be welcome.
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post #2 of 56
The Essence ST is a great soundcard. Do you have a headphone?

And I'm not familiar with your current speakers so can't comment on that.
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post #3 of 56
There's really no difference between PCI and PCI-E sound card. Sound processing doesn't take that much bandwidth. The only reason for the difference is because of unavailable slots on mobo(i.e. graphics card blocks PCI slot).
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post #4 of 56
I have the essence stx version and it awesome i love it with my hd650
if u have a headphone it really shines.
plus the st version supports 7.1 speaker soon (when they release the separate attachment thingy)
Good buy i reckon.
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Originally Posted by Acoma_Andy View Post
The Essence ST is a great soundcard. Do you have a headphone?

And I'm not familiar with your current speakers so can't comment on that.
I do have headphones, but they are very bad, do you have any recomendation?

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Originally Posted by FearSC549 View Post
There's really no difference between PCI and PCI-E sound card. Sound processing doesn't take that much bandwidth. The only reason for the difference is because of unavailable slots on mobo(i.e. graphics card blocks PCI slot).
So this card would be placed on the green rectangle right?

(i know i should know how a PCI slot looks like, but i dont)

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I have the essence stx version and it awesome i love it with my hd650
if u have a headphone it really shines.
plus the st version supports 7.1 speaker soon (when they release the separate attachment thingy)
Good buy i reckon.
Again, any headphone recomendation?

Ive read about that separate attatchment, its a nice feature, but im not really going to use 7.1. My current speakers are 2.0.
its nice because maybe i decide to upgrade them to 7.1, but not before a years time for sure.
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post #6 of 56
What's your budget for the headphone? On the other hand, that's the PCI slot which the sound card will fit.
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post #7 of 56
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my budget is more or less 100€ (normally companies still price things in europe as 1€=1$)
it could be extended if necesary.
ie: i dont want to spend 100 euros on headphones if for 130 i get a much better quality set.


Of course ill have to wait a bit for the headphones, since all my money right now will go on the sound card.
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post #8 of 56
If you're fine with open ones, try HD 555, for closed, try ATH-A700.
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post #9 of 56
Mmm in regards to headphones im not experienced enough to give advice but im sure other members can help u out
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If you're fine with open ones, try HD 555, for closed, try ATH-A700.
Ill look at reviews right now.

It will pass some time before i buy any (sadly) so ill have time to research.

BTW. what is the difference between open and closed headphones?

i understand that open lets lots of sound "leak" to the souroundings while closed dont as much.

any other difference?
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