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Sound card for gaming/music with ATH-AD700s?

post #1 of 5
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Could I get help choosing a soundcard for gaming/music to go with my ATH-AD700s? My budget is about $120 or less.

 

I was thinking about the X-Fi Titanium HD, but I'm not sure.

 

My motherboard is an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, with a 2500k.


Edited by Razeredge - 12/24/12 at 6:57pm
post #2 of 5

Can't do better than the Titanium HD for gaming, and it's arguably right up there close to the Asus Xonar STX/ST for music. Seems like the best fit for your needs.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

What would I lose if I went with a cheaper sound card?

post #4 of 5

You'd be mostly missing analog audio output quality, along with other little features.

 

To say exactly what little features you'd be losing depends on if you're moving to a cheaper X-Fi card or a cheaper card based on a different chipset, probably C-Media like the Xonar and HT Omega cards.

 

Whether you'd really benefit from the high-end cards like the Titanium HD, audio quality-wise, mostly depends on how willing you are to upgrade from the AD700. If you see yourself upgrading headphones down the road at all, the Titanium HD will be a better foundation.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

I could see myself upgrading from the AD700s in the future, and the Titanium HD is 30% off on Newegg ($130 CAD) right now, so I think I'll jump on it.

 

Thanks for the help!
 

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