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As others have said - you really need good speakers/cans to utilise a good sound card properly, in addition to good source material (320kbps+, anything above this and you'd need hi-fi stuff to notice difference...this will probably cause a crapstorm but it's true).

If I plugged my 595s into my mobo sound, and then plugged it into my soundcard, ANYONE could hear the difference.
I have yet to gain the correct equipment for a good sound card but I will eventually. However, on that note I must say that anytime I obtain digital music (on the up and up of course) I try to make sure it is 320kbps. My speakers are crap but those are getting upgraded very shortly.
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I don't really think you need to spend any where near that much on a sound card. if you don't have something remotely good to hear it through. You can get a good set of headphones and a decent soundcard for $150 and be perfectly fine. I have the Asus Xonar DG ($30) and a set of ATH-M40fs ($50) headphones and it sounds so nice compared to onboard audio and I don't really need anything more.
I'll second the Audio Technica headphones, as I just recently had a set die, having used them almost every day for 7 years. VERY good sound for the price. Beyond them, I'd go Beyerdynamic, for much more. Upgrade speakers, then amp, then sound card. It's a reverse setup. I tend to stick around Klipsch and Polk for a well-rounded everyday setup.

On the other hand, if you popped for some M-Audio MV-40 powered speakers, you'd be set for clarity. A small 2.1 system for studio monitoring will probably work best. They are pricey, but the quality blows most other things away.

Also, for audio codecs, if it has to be lossy, I tend to lean toward vorbis for a slightly analog (almost LP) sound, but my music primarily is composed of FLAC files. No, I'm not an audiophile by any stretch, and will not spend fortunes on hard core music gear (I have guitars, turbos, and tools to spend on first). But .FLAC is far superior to any mp3, and for the same bit-rate, vorbis will usually have better clarity (on a scope) and a slightly smaller sound file. With the right codec it will encode/decode much faster than .mp3, too. Sadly, it's not supported by too many players (Sansa Clip+ will, as I have one).
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I'll second the Audio Technica headphones, as I just recently had a set die, having used them almost every day for 7 years. VERY good sound for the price. Beyond them, I'd go Beyerdynamic, for much more. Upgrade speakers, then amp, then sound card. It's a reverse setup. I tend to stick around Klipsch and Polk for a well-rounded everyday setup.

On the other hand, if you popped for some M-Audio MV-40 powered speakers, you'd be set for clarity. A small 2.1 system for studio monitoring will probably work best. They are pricey, but the quality blows most other things away.
I don't have speakers on my rig so the Asus Xonar DGs built in preamp helps a lot. I could clearly tell the difference because the onboard just didn't have the power to push these headphones.
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I don't have speakers on my rig so the Asus Xonar DGs built in preamp helps a lot. I could clearly tell the difference because the onboard just didn't have the power to push these headphones.
I pushed them with an X-Fi Platinum front box...the thing has more than enough power, and the cleans were great. Sadly, however, Creative has major issues with drivers. I also had to make space for the water cooling, so am now dealing with Medusa 5.1 headphones and their built-in pre-amp. Not bad, but completely outclassed by the M40fs.
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