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I am the audio/video tech at my church and am getting ready to build a new PC specifically for this purpose. I have been looking at various sound cards and am unsure exactly which one I want. ESI Juli@, M-Audio Audiophile 192, EMU 0404, etc. I want balanced TRS connectors since that will plug directly to the console, just not sure which of these cards are best/easiest to use? Will be using Windows 7 as well. I know some of these cards are getting old nowadays and not sure if they are still great for the price. While I do prefer a sound card, I do not mind getting a USB device if that is better. Just need 1/4 inputs and outputs.

Price range is $200, card will be used to record the service and also play music in background. I will use Audacity since that is easy and works great on the crappy laptop that is currently hooked up.
   
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SteelSeries 6G Corsair Professional HX650W Fractal Design Define Mini SteelSeries Ikari Laser 
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