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Old February 23, 2011, 08:45 AM
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NuForce Icon uDAC-2

Amazon.ca sells these(or the original uDAC).

Simply the best DAC I've used for ease of use and clarity of sound within reason.

At this price point, NOTHING beats it.

Speakers shut off when you plug in head phones.

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Old February 23, 2011, 08:58 AM
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If possible, avoid USB.
What's wrong with a USB sound card?

This topic interests me as I'm thinking of going to miniITX for my gaming rig and won't have another slot for a discrete sound card.

AuzenTech isn't a sister company of Creative, they just license and use X-Fi chips.
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If so the D2X seems to be a good option.
Thanks for the info :)
I'm using a D2X right now. Drivers are top notch compared to Creative. However beware that it DOES NOT have a front panel connector
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Old February 23, 2011, 05:19 PM
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most USB sound cards are of shoddy quality (not due to USB itself, just for some reason..), there seems to be a silly price overhead for USB (at least there used to be), they lag sometimes apparently and the CPU overhead required for USB sound is just silly when you can have a perfectly fine internal pci-e solution.

I've just not heard good things about USB sound solutions.
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I'm using a D2X right now. Drivers are top notch compared to Creative. However beware that it DOES NOT have a front panel connector
Dang. Know a good one which has?
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Xonar DX is a small step down, but still a great sound card that has front panel connectors
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$58 for the DX with free shipping :)

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI-E Sound Card 24BIT Dolby Digital 116DB SNR W/ Low Profile Bracket - DirectCanada
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Just picked up a Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Surround 5.1 Pro 24BIT External USB2.0 Sound Card With Remote from directcanada.com for $55 shipped !!

In my towers I always use HT Omega or Auzentech sound cards but I need an external USB soundcard for my laptop so I decided to give creative a try, I will let you know my verdict after testing.
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Just finished testing out the USB Soundblaster 5.1Pro and I was very impressed. The sound quality was close to my HT Omega Striker but no where close to the auzentech prelude. The remote is a nice touch and the control pannel software is very easy to tweak (same layout as auzentech's software). It has optical out/dolby digital live for sending digital out to your receiver which is a great feature if you want to hook up older laptops or computers that do not have hdmi ports/digital out to your receiver.

Overall I give this an 8/10 for desktop use (internal cards are still better) and 9/10 for laptop use (finally I can connect 5.1 speakers to my laptop!
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Thanks for taking the time to update us. I guess the general prejudice we have that USB sound card solutions aren't as good as internals might need to be adjusted.
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