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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 03:04 AM - Thread Starter
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I plan to get Razer Tiamat when it comes out.
http://www.razerzone.com/tiamat/en

However i need a huge advice on what sound card i should get. I also wanna try it also since i currently own Razer Carcharias for a long time and i wear a hearing aid in one ear. Only thing disappoints me is i don't feel or hear bass. I heard bass before and this headphone doesn't totally feel or show it. Figured i would need a high quality sound card to do so right? I need your expertise and advice on what's the best audio sound card i should use? Shoot away links for me and the best you can! Budget doesn't matter, just wanna look around. I know NewEgg have some quite good cards and i just don't know what's the best that has less problems.

Thanks for looking. Oh i just can't stop saying it but i'm loving the new forums biggrin.gif:thumb:

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 05:39 AM
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The two popular series' of soundcards are the Creative X-Fi series and the ASUS Xonar series. Generally, the Xonar are favored for music while the X-Fi are favored for Gaming. Get whatever fits your budget smile.gif

I will be purchasing a Xonar DG here soon for a couple reasons. The first being that is is cheap. It can sometimes be purchased for under $20 after rebate. Also, it has a headphone amp able to drive up to 150Ohms. Lastly, in this blind listening test to various songs, it was actually preferred over onboard sound and the Xonar Xense which is priced at $250+, a majority of the time.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/19997/6

But I am a music fanatic so that's why I am going for the Xonar smile.gif

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Another vote for the Xonar DG. You cant go wrong for the price.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 01:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Hmm interesting. Asus sound cards aren't so expensive. Are you required to have the Xonar headphone or is it just built in and you can use your regular headphones? The review is sketchy on NewEgg however. Would i also need some special cable in there. I never owned a sound card before.

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For the most part, you will just plug the card into your mobo, install the drivers, plug your headphones into the back, then configure your sound options to playback accordingly.

You should not need any special cables. Also, Make sure you have room on your mobo for the card you are buying. Some soundcards are PCIex1 while some are PCI. They come in all shapes and sizes. With crossfire and SLI configs, it can sometimes be hard or not possible to fit them in.

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