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there is a pci slot on that mobo....
PCI Express 2.0 x16
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On my Classy there is a PCI slot, yeah, but this sound card won't be going into my sig rig. It's a different box.
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M-Audio cards are really nice. Check out the model 1010 (I think). your looking for an audio card with RCA inputs and outputs right ? With RCAs input and ouput your options are pretty much limitless with recording and stuffs
I can't find any PCI-e cards from them. Do they make one?
    
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ahhh so strange that a board wouldnt have a pci slot... in that case its gotta be the STX
    
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To be fair, any card is fine nowadays.
I used a X-Fi Extreme-Music in my previous system, I replaced it with a cheapass (fake x-fi) Xtreme-Audio which doesn't support EAX5 etc.
I do not notice any difference between the 2 cards, I do notice the difference between onboard and the other 2 cards.
And EAX is something from the past anyway
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To be fair, any card is fine nowadays.
I used a X-Fi Extreme-Music in my previous system, I replaced it with a cheapass (fake x-fi) Xtreme-Audio which doesn't support EAX5 etc.
I do not notice any difference between the 2 cards, I do notice the difference between onboard and the other 2 cards.
And EAX is something from the past anyway
I hear you. I was hoping for something better than fine, though. And it's not just about audio quality... types of ports, number of ports, ease of accessibility, etc., are all factors. I wouldn't be able to punch a 1/4'' jack right into any card, and I'm not sure that they would all do a good job of driving high impedence headphones, etc.

The STX is a compromise, but it sounds like that's what it'll have to be. Dang, I figured there had to be some "good stuff" secreted away that the audiophiles would be in on and not just your run-of-the-mill Best Buy fare.

Oh well! Thanks a lot for your help, everyone. =)
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I hear you. I was hoping for something better than fine, though. And it's not just about audio quality... types of ports, number of ports, ease of accessibility, etc., are all factors. I wouldn't be able to punch a 1/4'' jack right into any card, and I'm not sure that they would all do a good job of driving high impedence headphones, etc.

The STX is a compromise, but it sounds like that's what it'll have to be. Dang, I figured there had to be some "good stuff" secreted away that the audiophiles would be in on and not just your run-of-the-mill Best Buy fare.

Oh well! Thanks a lot for your help, everyone. =)
Care to explain how the STX is only a compromise?
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To be fair, any card is fine nowadays.
I used a X-Fi Extreme-Music in my previous system, I replaced it with a cheapass (fake x-fi) Xtreme-Audio which doesn't support EAX5 etc.
I do not notice any difference between the 2 cards, I do notice the difference between onboard and the other 2 cards.
And EAX is something from the past anyway
but if you play older games you will still need EAX

it's not like all games don't have eax

any way you can force eax on newer games too

so it is still very usable
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Care to explain how the STX is only a compromise?
My issues with the STX are outlined in the first post of this thread. Basically, they boil down to:

- Reportedly inferior audio signal vs. Xonar Essence ST (and other cards, I assume.. I can't imagine that a $175 card is the highest-end internal PC audio processor available for purchase).
- No expandability for multi-channel analog out (minor gripe).
- No external bay device for additional types/number of inputs/outputs (minor gripe, but microphone cable inputs and the types of things you see on external audio interfaces would have been very much appreciated).
- Requires manually selecting which port to use via software each and every time a different port is used (major gripe).
- Can only have one input and one output running at a time, right? That's extremely limiting.

I hear it's a good card, I just have a couple little problems with it.. I was hoping that someone, somewhere made a card that would do everything I wanted. Which, admittedly, is a lot.

Basically, I want a high-tier external interface to fit inside my PC. I didn't really realize that nobody makes PCI-e sound cards. I get the impression that the STX is not fit for a studio environment.
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My issues with the STX are outlined in the first post of this thread. Basically, they boil down to:

- Reportedly inferior audio signal vs. Xonar Essence ST (and other cards, I assume.. I can't imagine that a $175 card is the highest-end internal PC audio processor available for purchase).
- No expandability for multi-channel analog out (minor gripe).
- No external bay device for additional types/number of inputs/outputs (minor gripe, but microphone cable inputs and the types of things you see on external audio interfaces would have been very much appreciated).
- Requires manually selecting which port to use via software each and every time a different port is used (major gripe).
- Can only have one input and one output running at a time, right? That's extremely limiting.

I hear it's a good card, I just have a couple little problems with it.. I was hoping that someone, somewhere made a card that would do everything I wanted. Which, admittedly, is a lot.

Basically, I want a high-tier external interface to fit inside my PC. I didn't really realize that nobody makes PCI-e sound cards. I get the impression that the STX is not fit for a studio environment.
The STX has worse jitter. Many people say that they can not hear the difference at all or see how it "degrades" the audio quality. Multi channel analogue with PC is very uncommon. Few cards are going to have support for it via adapters or daughter-boards. Your first gripe was about the possibility of the STX not sounding as good as the ST. Running through front panel or some other device is going to produce a worse signal. Switching the audio channel does get boring. But your probably not going to have to switch it to an amount where it is not worth buying the card.
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Honestly, I know nothing about sound cards. In Stereo headphones does a sound card really make a difference over the board sound?
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