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Creative Sound Blaster Z Series ZXR (70SB151000000) Sound Card

Best PC sound I have ever heard

Nada190

Pros: Very fun sounding, good for gaming, beautiful

Cons: Not neutral, ACM is junk, powered by PCIe

I built my first ever PC with this sound card, I had already brought a Asus board that has SupremeFX and well the ZxR dethroned the Asus immediately. I have not heard any of the Asus Xonar PCIe cards but anything is better than integrated onboard sound.    The sound cards look beautiful to me except for the cable that connects the main card to the daughter board, they could have...
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Fantastic sound card,great build quality,swappable opamps,affordable,the best out there.
Fantastic sound card,great build quality,swappable opamps,affordable,the best out there.

ASUS Essence STX II

Pros: great sound quality,good bulid quality,high grade components,swappable opamps.

Cons: outdated software,sound is boxy and muffled out of the box with the stock opamps.

I brought it for its looks
I brought it for its looks

Logitech Z553 2.1 Speakers

Pros: Just about nothing besides the looks

Cons: Fatiguing, cables, sound in general, horrible placement of buttons

Speakers for the Real Estate Challenged
Speakers for the Real Estate Challenged

Eclipse TD-M1

Pros: Compact size, brilliant design, built in DAC/amplifier eliminates need for additional equipment, no need to treat room

Cons: Rolled off lows, wireless streaming just so-so

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ASUS Xonar Essence STX

ASUS Xonar Essence STX

“ Note: I'm from Sweden so if the wording or sentence structure is a bit off, I blame the Swedish educational system!!    Introduction The ASUS Xonar Essence STX is a two channel soundcard with a built in amplifier and it is a great entry into hi-fi and head-fi, it has a good set of features and handles most games very well, at least with the newer drivers. The card has a good DAC-chip...” --Mr_Owlow

100% Positive Reviews
Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

Logitech Z-5500 THX-Certified 5.1 Digital Surround Sound Speaker System

“ Ill keep this short and sweet. I've had mine for four years and it has done every duty in the book that a set of speakers can do. Its been moved back and forth from dorm to dorm, apartment to apartment - all the while ensuring Im kicked out as soon as I arrive. These things rock!   The small speakers do tend to be outclassed by the bass driver. They get loud, but the dont project...” --mattphones

100% Positive Reviews
Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-E

Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium HD PCI-E

“Ingame shotgun sound from behind actually freaked me out first time I heard it and had to check my back!   If you want a sound card, then go high-end or not at all. The motherboard inbuilt ones can do sometimes better than cheap soundcards. This one is a bit more expensive, but very high-end and will make a huge difference! You will be left to wonder how you lived without. Crystal clear...” --Validus

100% Positive Reviews
AudioQuest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC

AudioQuest DragonFly Asynchronous USB DAC

“ But why are there no forefinger drives?  Why, why, in the name of Western Digit-Skull?     ” --scrypt

100% Positive Reviews
Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1 Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System

Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1 Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System

“ I just got these and am impressed with the detail and clarity of these speakers.  I only wanted something simple, small, and cheap.  I was looking at the swans but don't have the opportunity to listen to them here in hawaii.  We are pretty limited to whats available here and on Oahu is where they'd most likely have more options for me to listen to.  But back to the review.  I am currently...” --Hawaiiancerveza

100% Positive Reviews
Swan M10

Swan M10

“ I've had the Swan M10 for a few months and I was compelled to write this review. These have to be the best speakers in the price range that I've ever listened to, nothing else can be compared end of story. My older pair of bookshelf speakers sounded laughable in comparison, funny part is I paid nearly double the price for those! These speakers have very tight mids, tight highs and overall...” --OmarSy

100% Positive Reviews
Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer

Logitech X-540 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer

“I have had these speakers for almost 6 years now. Downgraded from my old Logitech Z680. The sub of the Logitech Z-680 had a buzzing sound within a few months of use that forced me to set the bass volume to less than 10% (although it was sufficient enough for decent bass). Until now the X-540s have not shown any signs of aging or sound deterioration. This considering that the speakers have been...” --b3roldan

100% Positive Reviews
PSB Alpha PS1 Powered Speakers

PSB Alpha PS1 Powered Speakers

“Outstanding pair of computer speakers. The mid-bass punchiness is much better than I imagined. However, the two main speakers are not capable of handling deep bass-- this is where the sub-woofer would come in handy -- it'd perfect this speaker set by compensating for its only weakness - deep punchy bass.     The speakers look very good.......well designed.   Tried Aktimate...” --Skwalker

100% Positive Reviews
Xonar U7 - 7.1 USB-Soundkarte

Xonar U7 - 7.1 USB-Soundkarte

“ Build: the worksmanship is great, feels much less plasticky than i would have thought.  I pluging it straight into the usb on my win 8 64bit desktop, the card lit up and started working within seconds, hovewer when i tried to manually install all the software/drivers, it said it did not recognize my asus xonar u7?!? after 15mins, i have discovered that the USB switch was set to 1.1....” --pcharouz

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iUSB Power

iFi iUSB Power

“ iFi iUSB reached Earmass! I have received this review unit of iFi iUSB from Vince few weeks back, and I used it extensively with my rigs. It is indeed a sin for me to enjoy the iUSB so much but delayed the review for so long, in fact, I intentionally delayed this review because lately I have bunch of DAC and Amp arrive at Earmass, so I think this is a good...” --mrinspire

100% Positive Reviews
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