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Old 21st May 2016, 5:14 PM   #1
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Default Need a sound card , any recommendations?

hello boys, I need a sound card for my Swan M50w system.

Was looking at Creative sound blasterx G5 7.1 channel external sound card and Asus xonar essence STX 2 but both of them seem to have issues?
Lots of users reporting that the G5 dies after a few months of use.

The STX 2 has no driver support? the last driver was last year when windows 10 was rolled out.

I need a 120db + sound to noise ratio, 192/24bit DAC/card around $200-300.

The new strix sound cards seem to have a lot of issues with drivers and what not.

Is anyone using a external DAC or sound card with the above specs for speakers?
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Old 21st May 2016, 8:25 PM   #2
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Im using an older Xonar D2X in Win 10 with no issue. It is a beta driver but it works.

Why do you need a 120db SNR? Also, I doubt you have a lot of 24bit source material and if you did the Swans arent really cutting the mustard for such high fidelity audio, are they?

I suggest you go external if possible.

http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=662

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...ium-24-bit-dac
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Old 21st May 2016, 8:33 PM   #3
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The cambridge dacmagic doesn't have a headphone out, only RCA.

Apart from the audioengine D1 Audio technica have a cheaper HA40. Not sure which is better.
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Im using an older Xonar D2X in Win 10 with no issue. It is a beta driver but it works.

Why do you need a 120db SNR? Also, I doubt you have a lot of 24bit source material and if you did the Swans arent really cutting the mustard for such high fidelity audio, are they?

I suggest you go external if possible.

http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=662

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...ium-24-bit-dac
Since am buying a new one I might as well buy a higher SNR dac to see if it makes a difference. the headphones website looks interesting but I have never heard of any of those brands lol.

The Matrix mini I pro and mini I look good but the pro is double my budget and the mini is old model T_T .

New model here: http://matrix-digi.com/en/products/58/index.html#page2

I doubt it will be 369 tho, they will prob price it at $500. They are still selling the xonar STX I for $229, while pccg has STX 2 for 249.

Also I need a DAC that has mic input.

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The cambridge dacmagic doesn't have a headphone out, only RCA.

Apart from the audioengine D1 Audio technica have a cheaper HA40. Not sure which is better.
One of these cables should work with the swans https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...ale-to-male-5m
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Old 22nd May 2016, 2:48 PM   #6
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You might as well get a schiit modi 2 uber and upgrade it with a headphone amp later.
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Old 22nd May 2016, 4:53 PM   #7
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Depending on what your onboard is, alot of them come with half-decent onboard these days which you can optical out to a external DAC/AMP combo. Something like a schiit modi uber 2/magni combo as mentioned above would do nicely. I currently have a soundblaster zx but will be selling this soon after I upgrade my DAC and use my onboard soundcore3d chip for virtual surround but completely bypass the dac and amp as I will have both external.

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