Sounds Cards Comparo (or The search for Aural Pleasure)

Discussion in 'PC Audio' started by smiddi, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. KoiTech

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    I stupidly sold my STX II and now need a replacement card since my motherboard's onboard audio is just garbage (aux volume low, no optical).

    what would you guys recommend from:

    asus strix DLX
    creative ZxR
    powercolour HDX devil

    cheers
     
  2. PsychoSmiley

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    Urgh. Looks like my mighty HT Omega Claro+ may have packed it in. I even went to the effort to get a Z170 board with PCI slots for it.

    Anybody got recommendations for something in that vein? Was looking at a Claro II but that PowerColor one looks interesting. Driving a pair of AT-A900.
     
  3. Optimus.

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    I must say, the current Creative Core3D (garish red plastic chips) sound terrible...

    Really struggling trying to find a replacement for my SB Xfi platinum.

    Do they just not make good audio for PCs anymore? External devices only?
     
  4. Matthew kane

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    Two stand out:

    Asus Xonar
    Creative Sound Blaster Z

    Personally for audio quality wise, a good sound card that is about $200-250 is a waste of money and you may as well buy a DAC that is much better as its a dedicated device for what you want where the sound card is more jack of all trade and doesn't excel in any place except gaming effects which are pretty useless nowadays.
     
  5. woznme

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    Need some advice, I have a new MSI z270 gaming pro carbon, and also still have a audigy RX sound card in hand, which is the best choice. Just use onboard? Thanks to anyone that knows their sound quality. How much CPU does onboard use ?
     
  6. Matthew kane

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    Your onboard will be better not to mention also offer better compatibility with newer OS'. Cpu usage for onboard is next to 0.
     
  7. woznme

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    Thanks, I'll follow your advice.
     
  8. Hyo-Ri

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    Got the same Mini-ITX mobo z270 gaming pro carbon.

    Definitely notice a decrease in audio quality compared to my old Creative X-Fi Titanium HD paired up with the Sennheiser IE80 - everything sounds a bit more blurred and not as good with positional audio.

    Thinking of getting the Sennheiser GSX-1000 though it's a bit pricey and I only use it in stereo mode anyways. Either that or the Creative Omni 5.1.

    In 2017, those 2 seem to be the only 2 real contenders for a USB sound card, though neither seems to be as good as just a plain USB DAC/AMP without any mic support or anything like the AudioEngine D1 etc.
     
  9. woznme

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    Thanks, problem I have is most if not all of those USB sound cards require windows, Linux support is normally non-existent. Why can't they just get onboard audio right...
     
  10. Hyo-Ri

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    Sennheiser gsx-1000 is plug and play and doesn't require drivers - also recognized as standard usb device in windows. Fairly sure it's also confirmed to work on Linux.
     
  11. D S

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    :bump: This kind of question still relevant these days? New rig and my reliable ATH AD700s are pretty underwhelming so wondering if the $80 bucks for a Soundblaster something something are worth it. Might be willing to stretch the budget to $150 if it's *really* worth it, but I figure if Im getting up around this dollar range I'd be better served to save more and get something really solid at the 300'ish price range (when the bank agrees)?
     
  12. Benno1988

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    Dont bother.

    Go onboard or an external.

    Schiit Stack (Modi/Magni come up for sale often) or a Topping all in one, or a JDS Labs one.
     

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