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I had the same question. I'm looking to get a sound card for my upcoming build. I'd probably be using 5.1 speakers and a gaming headset, would prefer high quality audio since shatty sounding music/movies and gaming bothers me.
Look, the sound card isn't everything. What's most important is your source quality, and your headphones. If you are using 128kbps MP3s, you can have the most expensive headphones in the world, and they would still sound crappy. This is just like the TIM on the CPU. The best is only ~5 degrees away from the run-of-the0mill silicone based grease. What's more important is your heatsink. If you use an Intel heatsink with Indigo Xtreme, you still get crappy temperatures.
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What are you talking about? The OP does NOT have a Stax.

Because for his uses he doesn't need a $250 sound card, especially with a HD550.
Obviously he has the money to spend, so your logic is to offer him lower quality solutions? No, you offer him advise to upgrade and further enjoy his experience. If I have 200,000 to spend on a car, but don't have racing tires, you don't offer advise of buying a Honda Civic. You tell them to buy a Sports car and buy better tires.

You're not even reading, so I'm not going to address the Stax issue.

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Look, the sound card isn't everything. What's most important is your source quality, and your headphones. If you are using 128kbps MP3s, you can have the most expensive headphones in the world, and they would still sound crappy. This is just like the TIM on the CPU. The best is only ~5 degrees away from the run-of-the0mill silicone based grease. What's more important is your heatsink. If you use an Intel heatsink with Indigo Xtreme, you still get crappy temperatures.
Please, just stop. It's painful
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mbarry can you link me to the Audigy card your talking about?

And really Simca is right, I mean just because im using 550's now doesnt mean I wont upgrade in the future. Also headphones arnt the only speakers I use. I have 5.1 setup with a mix of Energy and Paradigm speakers. So its not going to be all on the headphones.
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mbarry can you link me to the Audigy card your talking about?
You're buying a Honda Civic instead of a Ferrari if you go with an Audigy -_-

I gave you my advise, I'll leave before I shoot myself.

Go with the HT Claro for god's sake.
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You're buying a Honda Civic instead of a Ferrari if you go with an Audigy -_-

I gave you my advise, I'll leave before I shoot myself.

Go with the HT Claro for god's sake.
No I agree with you, I just want to see what he is talking about. See my edit above.
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post #16 of 24
I used to use a Claro Halo (without the XT addon) with my HD650s and it was excellent for the price. The main reason the STX is considered better is because it comes with slightly better opamps. If you spend a few bucks for new ones with the Halo, it will top the STX. You can find info here and here on which opamps sound like what. The Halo comes with swappable opamp sockets so changing them is a piece of cake. You'll need a total of 7 if you want to replace all of them, on the sound card itself and the XT expansion card.
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Sir, after recommending that, I have to ask you to remove the Audiophile title from your name. What are you thinking
post #19 of 24
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Look, the sound card isn't everything. What's most important is your source quality, and your headphones. If you are using 128kbps MP3s, you can have the most expensive headphones in the world, and they would still sound crappy. This is just like the TIM on the CPU. The best is only ~5 degrees away from the run-of-the0mill silicone based grease. What's more important is your heatsink. If you use an Intel heatsink with Indigo Xtreme, you still get crappy temperatures.
You still didn't answer my question. I wanted a sound card, not advice on mp3's, and heatsinks? What the eff......?

Since Simca and groundzero sound like they know what they are talking about, I'll ask them.

I'm looking for a good sound card for about $90. Right now I'm not sure on what speakers and headset I will be buying since I'll be moving into my dorm this August, but I will be getting a decent pair of headsets, and a solid 2.1 or 5.1 system depending on my dorm.
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You still didn't answer my question. I wanted a sound card, not advice on mp3's, and heatsinks? What the eff......?

Since Simca and groundzero sound like they know what they are talking about, I'll ask them.

I'm looking for a good sound card for about $90. Right now I'm not sure on what speakers and headset I will be buying since I'll be moving into my dorm this August, but I will be getting a decent pair of headsets, and a solid 2.1 or 5.1 system depending on my dorm.
I'd be happy to help, in your own thread.
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