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Hey guys,

Anyone have any experience with any of these sound cards and/or any additional suggestions? Which of these would you prefer?


Thanks!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271004
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102021
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271003
Edited by Plex - 3/25/11 at 5:37am
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post #2 of 29
STX easily.
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STX easily.
The ASUS? That's the one I was looking at the most, which is why I linked it first.

Do you mind filling in an audio noob (me) on why it's the clear winner? Are there any other similar cards to also consider? I'm looking for awesome quality through headphones, music and gaming.

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Best quality parts out of all of them.
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Best quality parts out of all of them.
Claro Halo isn't shabby either. It's a pretty beefy card which uses the same DSP as the STX. However, the drivers remind me of my old CMedia onboard back in 2005. They work...but they are so damn ugly.
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post #6 of 29

Why not a

/ combo?
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post #7 of 29
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Your second link is broken.

I was also under the impression going internal was the best bet for quality?
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post #8 of 29
No, it's the exact opposite. External DACs have much better sound quality and can be very flexible. Often they can also be used as pre-amps for speaker systems and include a headphone amp.

http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1
post #9 of 29
No, you have possible EMI & RFI with the sound card next to all the other components inside your computer case.
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But I would still need the sound card, no?...
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