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what's the best sound card right now, currently I have

X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

anything better than this? around the same price range
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Asus Sonar Essence STX ?
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what's the best sound card right now, currently I have

X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

anything better than this? around the same price range
Price range being...$50?

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Asus Sonar Essence STX ?
Yeah...no.
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You're going to get 10 different answers from 10 different people. There's no "best".
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Price range being...$50?
under 100ish
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under 100ish
Asus Xonar D1 or DX. The X-Fi cards under $100 really haven't changed other than the interface. They still use the CA20 (aka X-Fi) digital signal processor (DSP) and upon inspection of the opamps and the DACs, I can say they maintained the old Cirrus Logic DACs and crappy opamps that they have been using since the SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit days.

If you do get the Xonar D1/DX, don't sell or toss your X-Fi XtremeGamer just yet. My experience is that even though the Xonar D1/DX sound better, they don't play with games (especially FPS) as well as the X-Fi cards do.
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Best of what? The Xonar cards have better sound quality but it really depends on what your needs are. Will you be gaming(EAX is pointless today), movies, music(FLAC, Wave, mp3?), recording?
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pretty much gaming and music
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pretty much gaming and music
the Realtek ALC892. (Hint: that's your integrated sound card. )

I know for sure that the Realtek ALC889 (same as the ALC892 but missing one or two features you will probably never use) will max out every headphone up to the JVC HA-RX700 ($40). It's also very likely that they can fully drive headphones that are even better than the RX700s, but I don't have any to test. I'm thinking about grabbing some AD700s ($90) but I can't find any locally.

I can guarantee you though, that you will benefit more by upgrading your headphones rather than sound card.
Edited by cuad - 3/26/11 at 8:30pm
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hmm very informative..I'm using Sennheiser HD555s would I still need to upgrade?
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