Good day Hi-fiers
I am here seeking some sound card advice.
I am current using a old Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Zs has served me faithfully for many years but I have been noticing several driver compatibility issues since I moved to Windows 7 and it also seems that the Mic In is going bad also (perhaps even the entire the card itself), so I have decided to upgrade so I am would like to know what my options are.
I just got my Ultrasone HFI-780 and for my speakers I am using some simple 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers the Coby CSP-94. I listen to a lot of music whether it is music that I have stored on my hard drive or online via youtube or sound cloud, I watch movies and tv series whether from the original source or downloaded and I play games.
Now after doing some research the usually suspects come out on top Asus Xonar Essence STX/ST, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium/Titanium HD. But after spending what I did on my HFI-780 I am not really in the position to go drop another $100 and odd dollars on a sound card.
So what I want to know is should I stick with what I have now and save as long as I need to save and avoid any Sound Card below USD100 or are there decent or good options in lower price cards or at least ones in the lower bracket that are better than my current card?