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Hey all, just registered here and I am in need of a sound card recommendation. I will be (almost solely) using it for my recently purchased Sennheiser HD555's, and there are a few "restraints" that must be taken into consideration. It should be under $50 (not too negotiable) and it absolutely must be PCIe. At this point I have little knowledge of this "area," and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by arosega - 4/6/11 at 7:06pm
post #2 of 9
Welcome to OCN!

Finding a PCI-e card to fit your budget is tough. The only ones in that price range are likely to be software accelerated cards like the X-Fi XtremeAudio and won't be much better than onboard sound, if at all. You might be able to find a X-Fi Titanium used for that price.
    
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I figured it might be a tough fit. I spent a good bit on the computer, but I'm not willing to spend more than the headphones for the sound card =P. Thanks anyway, I suppose that I'll just stick with onboard sound for now. Would a cheap amp fix any of the problems posed by onboard? I suppose that would be an option as well.
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An cheap amp, not likely. A good external DAC would. I don't know much about DACs, so cannot say if any would fit your budget and still be good quality.
    
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post #5 of 9
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Alright, thanks again. I'll just go with the headphones for now, and save other upgrades for the future.
post #6 of 9
You should really go the used soundcard route. There are a bunch of cheap ones here on the OCN marketplace that people sell, some that retail at 70+ ive seen go for under $50.

A good sound card I recommend for that budget is the ASUS Xonar DS, it should be just good enough to let you take full advantage of you HD 555's
post #7 of 9
I have an OEM creative pci-e its perfectly fine.
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Absolutely the Xonar DS.
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post #9 of 9
The Xonar DG measures better than the Xonar DS so really, go the Xonar DG.
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