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Good Sound Card?

post #1 of 13
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Have tried the SB Live, and currently have the Game Theater XP (which is great, but half the stuff isn't compatible with W2k). So I'd like recommendations on a good sound card for myself, something that has a line-out jack on it, so that I can connect a headphone amp and my HD600's to it......Also must have a coax digital output. Other than that, I don't care if it is 5.1, or 4 channel, or what.
post #2 of 13
Don't know much about sound cards myself, but apparently a lot of people like the audiophile 2496... I think it retails somewhere between $200-300, but I'm really not sure.
post #3 of 13
Yeah, the Audiophile 2496 is a really good card. It has analog and digital coaxial line-outs, and with a little looking on the web, can be had for around $150.
post #4 of 13
I say try the SBLive! value or something else relatively inexpensive with a digital output and pipe it to an outboard DAC like the Cal Gamma. The Audiophile 2496 is good too apparently. I haven't personally tried either, yet .

Let me know how it goes!
post #5 of 13
The only problem w/ the digital output of the SBLive is that it gets resampled before it gets to the DAC, thus eliminating some of the benefits. The Audiophile 2496 does not do resampling.
post #6 of 13
beamrider: SB Audigy line is due in a few months and rumors are that these cards will have 24bit/96kHz-dacs - so maybe you should wait a little...

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
post #7 of 13
I did a search on the audigy, and I haven't seen anything implying 24/96, and you'd think it would be a pretty major feature.
post #8 of 13
At this point, 24/96 support for the Audigy is just a rumor. Still no official word or leaks from any soundcard site. Even if it did, would it be as good as the Audiophile's 24/96 support? We'll see...
post #9 of 13
How bout the DiO 2448 ?
[Only $105 US]
post #10 of 13
I might get the dio 2448, since then I can use my Gamma.
post #11 of 13
What about the cards offered by Hoontech? Looking at the specs, they are fully featured, and are at an amazing pricepoint. Does anyone around here have any first-hand experience with their professional audio cards?
post #12 of 13
Thanks for bringing up the dio 2448. I think I am going to grab one of those at the end of the summer. I can run that parallel to my SB Live! Value, right? So I can have my speakers running off the SB and my MG Head running off of the dio?
post #13 of 13
personally, when I get a dio I'm going to see if I can pass my gametheather through it so I don't have to switch any cable and I can use my headphones for everything. then I can use the dio for music and GT for games.
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