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Ive been usnig my audigy 2 zs since 2004 and I believe that was when sound cards were booming.  Nowadays I see new pc's that are generally equipped with onboard sound.  Is onboard sound just as good?  Reason being I am looking for a new sound card because mine is simply too old now.  I also recently bought a pair of sony v6's.

 

Anyone know a reasonably priced card below 50$?  The Audigy 2 ZS is great but I feel like I need an upgrade.

post #2 of 7

I believe that card that you have is still pretty good, Yes they are better, but it depends on what you using it for.

 

I just got the Sound Blaster Titanium HD for music and gaming I do a lot of gaming, but I also use it to listen to my music on my pc, 

 

I know sound blaster is coming with a new line of cards but they are way more expensive that $50 and i don't think they are better than the HD titanium since they don't support hardware accelerated decoding, especially for gaming, a lot of the  new ones are more software emulated than hardware.

 

so far I'm very happy with mine.

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How old is your sound blaster and does it work right out or do you gotta install drivers? Reason being my audigy 2 ZS has slim to no support anymore.  I fear that if I switch t windows 8 it wont work.  When I went from XP to 7, I lost a lot of functionality with it.  That is why I feel like I need to upgrade.

 

Btw your card is way out of my budget lol.

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Originally Posted by smileywond3r View Post

Ive been usnig my audigy 2 zs since 2004 and I believe that was when sound cards were booming.  Nowadays I see new pc's that are generally equipped with onboard sound.  Is onboard sound just as good?  Reason being I am looking for a new sound card because mine is simply too old now.  I also recently bought a pair of sony v6's.

 

Anyone know a reasonably priced card below 50$?  The Audigy 2 ZS is great but I feel like I need an upgrade.

Refurb Creative X-Fi Titanium (PCI-E) sound card, $49.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102043

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I have been considering a sound card for stereo music only (without spending much money), and I determined that the Asus Xonar cards are a good way to go.  The lower priced DS and DG models can be had for between $15 and $35.  One is 5.1 and the other is 7.1.  As far as I remember the cheaper DG model is better for stereo but I would recommend you check out the many reviews out there.

 

I will order one of these in a couple of days, but I am in no rush because I usually take the digital audio from the PC and run it into the DAC of my headphone amp.

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by chinook9 View Post

I have been considering a sound card for stereo music only (without spending much money), and I determined that the Asus Xonar cards are a good way to go.  The lower priced DS and DG models can be had for between $15 and $35.  One is 5.1 and the other is 7.1.  As far as I remember the cheaper DG model is better for stereo but I would recommend you check out the many reviews out there.

 

 

This ^

Asus have pretty good cards for the price, you have to choose depending on your uses. The DG is a good soundcard for headphone guys. 

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Originally Posted by chinook9 View Post

I have been considering a sound card for stereo music only (without spending much money), and I determined that the Asus Xonar cards are a good way to go.  The lower priced DS and DG models can be had for between $15 and $35.  One is 5.1 and the other is 7.1.  As far as I remember the cheaper DG model is better for stereo but I would recommend you check out the many reviews out there.

 

I will order one of these in a couple of days, but I am in no rush because I usually take the digital audio from the PC and run it into the DAC of my headphone amp.

 

Good luck!

Xonar DS & DSX, uses DTS only, not Dolby and does not have a headphone amplifier.

DTS is good to have for playing Blu-ray disks.

 

Xonar DG & DGX uses Dolby only, has basic head amp. and optical output is 2-channel only.

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