Noob Q's about 1/4" int DAC/AMP cards
Sorry, not an audiophile, but loving my new HD 58X's and would really like to get better DAC/AMP audio out of my desktop.
I've got a relatively mobile build with my dual-socket Xeon server board/Cerberus X case, which is awesome, but doesn't even have audio out off the board.
Currently if I want to listen to my wired headphones, I need to plug into the headphone jack on the monitor, which can NOT be a great audio experience.
Additionally, with it being mobile, I'd like to preserve 1/4" compatibility, which brings me to the current list of options:
Asus Essence STX II
Creative Sound Blaster ZxR
EVGA Nu Audio
Any suggestions, insights, critiques welcome. Will be helping a friend get his audio podcast off the ground as well, so the audio-in stuff could certainly come in handy.