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Also, what is your budget?
Well now that i have just looked, the cheapest soundcard of the xonar series with RCA's was £115 to £125, so i will most likely be stretching my budget to around that for now.
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Okay let me level with you. I have owned a Forte and HT Omega Claro Halo.

I thought that these were awesome sounding, and for my AD-700 headphones they are amazing. However pretty much every sound card has a 2 Channel DAC even the Essence STX. So all your sound for your speakers is upscaled and while it sounds light years above onboard I just wasn't satisfied. Also your limited to Dolby Digital and DTS NEO:6, so Blu-rays don't sound as good. So unless your using Headphones or 2.1 Bookshelf speakers I can't recommended a sound card to you.

Now I have my computer doing HDMI out to my Yamaha RX-V765 receiver and the sound cards can't compare, they are left in the dust. Even making the switch from Optical to HDMI was a noticeable improvement on my receiver.
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I love my HT Omega Claro Halo. It has analog RCA out like you are looking for. It is a bit spendier than some of the other recommendations but after owning an Auzentech and Creative card I am hooked. The drivers are clean, the sound is great, and the built in headphone amp doesn't hurt either. I'd highly recommend it.

edit: was typing while you posted. You'll have to check prices but it might be on the high side.
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IMO, if you're really in love with your speakers and you don't care about the gaming aspect of sound cards, I would go for an external DAC. It'll have all kinds of connections that you'll want and will be higher quality.

Also, all you need is an RCA to 1/8" plug adapter so that you can plug your speakers right into a sound card's line in jack.
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Okay let me level with you. I have owned a Forte and HT Omega Claro Halo.

I thought that these were awesome sounding, and for my AD-700 headphones they are amazing. However pretty much every sound card has a 2 Channel DAC even the Essence STX. So all your sound for your speakers is upscaled and while it sounds light years above onboard I just wasn't satisfied. Also your limited to Dolby Digital and DTS NEO:6, so Blu-rays don't sound as good. So unless your using Headphones or 2.1 Bookshelf speakers I can't recommended a sound card to you.

Now I have my computer doing HDMI out to my Yamaha RX-V765 receiver and the sound cards can't compare, they are left in the dust. Even making the switch from Optical to HDMI was a noticeable improvement on my receiver.
Are you sure you had your sound bitrate set as high as it would go for the other outputs?
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Mixed opinions now. so the Xonar's are the best then? and i can't go digital route... keeping my equipment analog. Going for an older Amplifier when i get the cash. Mainly want a soundcard with RCA outputs aswell as 3.5mm jacks. RCA's are for the herrendously thick cables im using at the moment
Well, now the question is: Is the DAC on the amp better than the DAC on a Xonar DX...

If the DAC is better on the amp, I would suggest not buying a sound card unless you like those digital post processing (DSP) like EAX that aren't offered on an amp.

If you can give us the name or model of the amp, that would be great. And budget too.
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I love my HT Omega Claro Halo. It has analog RCA out like you are looking for. It is a bit spendier than some of the other recommendations but after owning an Auzentech and Creative card I am hooked. The drivers are clean, the sound is great, and the built in headphone amp doesn't hurt either. I'd highly recommend it.

edit: was typing while you posted. You'll have to check prices but it might be on the high side.
ooohh me likey's, any idea of resellers in the UK selling these, or will it have to be inported, also the layout of the circuitry looks clean and efficient, and the headphone amp is always a bonus
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Well, now the question is: Is the DAC on the amp better than the DAC on a Xonar DX...

If the DAC is better on the amp, I would suggest not buying a sound card unless you like those digital post processing (DSP) like EAX that aren't offered on an amp.

If you can give us the name or model of the amp, that would be great. And budget too.
hmmm, well to be honest the amp im using is kinda old so i highly doubt it has DAC, but yeah it is a Kenwood A-57.

The confusing thing is that i cannot find it anywhere on the internet. there is a KA-57 model and its totally different to mine. but i am also looking to change the AMP at a later date.
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ASUS Zonar!

but any x-fi will work i can't personly tell much difference between normal onboard and a $100 x-fi i have, but w/e im sure its doing something!
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Are you sure you had your sound bitrate set as high as it would go for the other outputs?
I have it set to 24bit 192000hz Studio Quality, if that's what you mean. I tested it via CDs that were 48000hz Sample rate 1411kbps Bit-rate. Im not sure if a more expensive Optical cable would match my 1.4 HDMI cable or not.

The HDMI allowed Sounds that my Optical wasn't playing, HDMI was also more clear/clean sounding.

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