The BEST Sound card?
The title says it all, I can't figure out which one's the best one on the market. No, I don't want any $1,000 crazy german or Yamaha one, I'm thinking more like SoundBlaster, Xonar, that type of stuff. I won't be recording or anything, but I AM going to be hooking up my computer soon to the HDTV with a 7.1 Surround sound sytem, and I'd like to be able to use that to it's full, absolute potential.
Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Elite
Auzentech X-Fi prelude
Asus Xonar Essence STX
Come to mind...
I'd suggest the Xonar Essence STX, which you can read about @ Xonar Essence STX: Sneak Peak! - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio
That has to be one of the longest threads I've come across but if you want a quick review, I'd suggest the following:
ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card :: TweakTown
Sounds like the STX to me, I think I should be able to hook it into the receiver no problem. I'm a bit miffed though...it only has the R+L and SPDIF, wouldn't it lose some ground in the sense that it has no optical output?
Yeah, like I said same things come to mind, but which out of those is the best, I'm talking no-holds barred, best card out of the regular bunch. I love that smiley avatar, it always makes me feel...at peace.... >.>
Sorry, I'm major sound noob, I got no time for sound (normally) but now I'm so excited about using my comp on a big 52" and 7.1 surround sound!
I just ordered an ASUS Xonar Essence STX from NCIX and you're to blame :thumb: Actually I've been sitting on the fence post for the last couple of days about buying this card, until I stumbled across your post last night and said what the heck.
Based on the review that Alydon did @ Xonar Essence STX: Sneak Peak! - Page 51 - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio (second post from the top) I also ordered 3 of the upgraded opamps from Digikey. Which you don't really need, unless you're going to be using the head phones out a lot.
If you scroll ~ 3/4 down that page you'll see a photo of exactly where the opamps are located and a quick tutorial on how to change them.
BTW, if anyone's interested the opamps parts are 2 each of LM6172IN-ND and 1 each of LT1361CN8#PBF but again, these mods are for headphones.
Personally, I would have gone with the HDAV Deluxe, as you can changethe opamps on ALL channels, plus get DTS/DolbyHD...the essence STX is directed purely at headphone users.
At this point and time, there is NO perfect soundcard..each is designed for specific uses.
No, I never, ever use headphones, and I can't see myself buying a good pair in the forseeable future.
During my dd I ran across 2 cards from Omega that you might want to consider.
The HT Omega Clario Plus $218.99
Customer Reviews Of HT OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
The HT Omega Clario $199.99
Bjorn3d.com -HT Omega CLARO 7.1 Channel Sound Card, Satisfying Your Daily Tech Cravings Since 1996
Customer Reviews Of HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
+1 for the Claro. I have the non-plus and it sounds amazing, a huge difference from my old X-Fi XtremeMusic. It also lets you take 7.1 sound from a game and down-convert it for headphones, and it really sounds like its 7.1.
If using a receiver with HDMI-in and HD-audio decoding then the regular HDAV would get my vote.
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